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Jodeci Singer Arrested -- Toasted at Subway

11/12/2010 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

When you think about Subway restaurants, you probably don't think, "Great place to go when you're super drunk" ... unless you're the ex-leader of the '90s R&B group Jodeci.

TMZ has learned DeVante Swing -- real name Donald DeGrate Jr. -- was arrested at a Subway in Burbank, CA this past weekend. Cops say he was so hammered, he couldn't even walk straight ... and it was all caught on tape.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... police received a call from a concerned citizen around 5:00 PM on Sunday ... after DeVante was sloppily crashing into tables and falling on the floor.

When officers arrived, they arrested the 41-year-old singer for being drunk in public -- and hauled him to a nearby jail.

We're told DeVante was released around 11 PM -- after cops determined he had finally sobered up ... but we're told he won't be charged with a crime.


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Sooo.... K-Ci and Jo-Jo get a reality show (AKA a salary) based on their battle with alcoholism and shortly thereafter, this guy shows up in a drunken binge at a Subway? Sorry, but this is even more suspect than Fantasia's suicide attempt. These faded stars and their silly publicity stunts. Still love that Forever My Lady album though!

1441 days ago


And to think I wanted to name my first son after him... Thank god I had more to learn.

1441 days ago

bj in cali    

This is very sad, Devante was a huge star. He was my favorite one out of Jodeci when I was growing up. Yes he did have talent as a matter of fact he produced a couple songs for tupac... made the beats and everything, and tupac is shouting his name out on the all eyes on me album. Yes he was a major star, please get better Devante...this music game is dirty man he is so damaged from his fame, I feel so bad for him!

1441 days ago


CALLING DR. DREW! Please get help like KC and JO JO..

1441 days ago


@Q you made a good point until you played the race card. I think it doesn't matter what race the man is if he is drunk I wouldn't want him around any female..Drunks can be nice one second and DANGEROUS the next..The police did their job and removed him, when he sobered up they released harm no foul..I kind of think this isn't the first call they've gotten about him, But job well done Burbank PD.

1441 days ago


There is a world outside of POP music. This group was HUGE in the 90's and they deserved to be. They had so much soul and made 3 great albums that went multi-platinum status. Devante was not a lead singer, he was the brains behind the scene though..wrote and produced the hits. He is so talented. Unfortunately, like many others in the industry they partied, smoked weed, drank too much and had sex with a trillion groupies. They are all wasted talents. It is a damn shame. They could have crossed over to mainstream because everyone wanted to work with them. Ego's and too much success too soon ruined them. Just to put it in perspective K-Ci was Mary J Blige's man back then. She got away from them and soared on to do duets with Elton John and U2, and she swept the 2005 grammys in every category she was nominated in. Goes to show what happens when you choose to do right and leave wrong alone.

1441 days ago

King Anton    

He discovered Timbaland and Missy Elliott people. They were part of his Swing Mob crew. So show the man a little respect, he made a mistake! Look it up on Wikipedia

1441 days ago


If he'd had eaten his food then it would have sobered him up some. Actually, it's rarely the alcohol content in one's blood that leads to arrests. Drunks can get the car home when they're twice over the legal limit. They just can't get the car home when they are drunk AND haven't eaten or slept for 23 hours.

1441 days ago


D: When I see you......Stephanie

1441 days ago

robert drakes    

this guy was one of the best music producers ever now he is a drunk ass fool. Oh well tune in to the hottest station on the net

1441 days ago

Babak Azmoun    

wow, thats pretty crazy man. Babak Azmoun

1441 days ago


so funny! lol Devante played the piano in the group and sang back up.. he also wrote for Jodeci.. like someone said KC & JoJo were the lead singers... He was not in Htown lol

1441 days ago

Dirk Diggler    

No, you should know what the hell you're talking about before you open your mouth. TMZ originally said he was the "LEAD SINGER," they edited their story AFTER I pointed out that he was not. YOU are reading the edited version.



Okay...morons, you hafta read before you start talkin' s. h. i. t. TMZ said he was the LEADER not the LEAD SINGER of Jodeci and that was the truth. He was the producer and he was also considered the leader of the 4 man group.

Posted at 8:13 AM on Nov 12, 2010 by balanced

1441 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

too bad he dint bomit all ober the floor too!!!!

1441 days ago


What was he saying.?.

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