489025689-singer-chris-brown-appears-in-court-for-a-probation
Chris Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles on May 9, 2014.

Paul Buck-Pool/Getty Images

What’s a better way to spend your time behind bars than making music? Apparently Chris Brown and James DeBarge have something in common besides being able to sing. They’re both currently locked up in Los Angeles County Jail and are right next to each other in separate cells.

According to TMZ, both singers are being housed in a segregated unit for high-profile inmates and have been collaborating on music. Not only is it alleged that they’ve already written songs, but they’ve also made the halls of the jails a little bit merrier with their singing.

Brown is currently behind bars for a probation violation after being thrown out of a Malibu rehab facility. DeBarge, who was married to Janet Jackson in 1984 and was a member of DeBarge, is currently being held on drug possession and assault with a deadly weapon charges.

What’s also interesting is that even though the inmates can’t see each other, everyone housed in the unit has been joining in on their singalongs. I guess when you have nothing but time on your hands, a little jailhouse rock can make the days go by a lot faster. 

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

For more of black Twitter, check out The Chatterati on The Root.

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.