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A Short Convo With... Da Brat [Pg 2]

Well the sexy tomboy look is in. Are you feeling Nicki Minaj's swag?
I listened to Nicki Minaj’s album and liked it. She’s not keeping herself in a bubble. I like the diversity and that it’s working for her. Because at one point they weren’t letting female rappers do too much. It was either your selling sex or your being hard. But she gets to do both. That’s a good thing.

Safe to say you'd do a collab then?
Hell yeah I would.

Now what about her and Lil' Kim's beef?
My personal thoughts on beefing… when it’s only like 6 of us left still trying to put out records… it’s not enough for us to beef. It makes no sense to me. But if that's what they do let them do that.

How did you find out about Mariah's pregnancy?
Oh man! I talk to Mariah often and her and Nick came to see me. I knew about the miscarriage and I know she's having the twins. And I know she only wanted to do it one time. They are like the cutest couple, they both are eternally 12. I swear! They’re big kids. 

Who else came out to visit you?
Of course my sister. JD couldn’t take it... He said he didn’t want to see me in that light. But he was very supportive and wrote me all the time. People talked shit but he was very supportive. Gave me everything I needed. Kat Williams came to see me. All my family and friends. 

Who was most surprising visitor?
Mariah and Nick surprised me! I saw someone from their crew and said ‘Oh shit!’ I would’ve never thought that she would’ve came, she’s so girly! But that's what real friends do.

True. Were you able to write any rhymes while you were over there?
I wasn’t inspired to write  because I need to hear beats in a studio. I need the thump and loud speakers. I tried to jot some ideas but focused on the book. I feel so good right now. I'm excited to be free!

And we're excited for you! What lessons are you taking with you in this new life chapter now?
A lot! I wasn’t locked up with no dummies. I learned a lot. I'm probably way more criminally minded than I was before [laughs. I’m wiser. I'm smarter. I have more patience. I learned not to take things for granted like going to the studio. Like 'Damn, I shoulda, coulda, woulda done this. When JD told me to come to the studio I shoulda went.' I gotta make up for this lost time and take advantage. 2 ½ years is a lot. And now they got me on an ankle monitor so they ain’t fucking with me! But I'm out!

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"Like I tell people all the time, I respect what he doing. I can't do it though," Shmurda admitted. "I can talk to the kids but I ain't about to be sitting here protesting and politicking for no motherfu**ing cops because them motherfu**ers don't care. They've been killing motherfu**ers since Rodney King. People got to realize this sh*t."

Earlier this year, Meek alongside Jay-Z and other board members from the sports and business sectors launched the Reform Alliance. The organization plans to "dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system." The outlet will look to the parole and probation system as points of change.

Shmurda later referenced Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for equality but shared that he couldn't walk in his shoes given the amount of adversity and negativity that came his way. The 24-year-old artist noted that other modes of action besides "talking" need to take place.

"This sh*t ain't gon' change cause motherfu**ers started talking about it, we gotta take action...They've been beating Rodney King, the motherfu**ers been killing motherfu**ers for how long?" he said. "And it gets the same results."

In 2016, Shmurda began his seven-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking, and other charges that include weapons possession.

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Rob Kardashian Will No Longer Have To Pay Blac Chyna Child Support

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Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

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