After more than six years behind bars Bobby Shmurda is finally a free man! Shmurda was released from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on Tuesday February 23
Migos member, Quavo and friends greeted Shmurda with a private jet to ride home in style. The 26-year-old also came home to some new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. His hit “Hot N*gga” jumped from platinum to 5x-platinum.
The anthem was only certified platinum when he was arrested in late 2014. The Brooklyn rapper’s Shmurda She Wrote debut EP is now certified gold while project standout “Bobby Bitch” went platinum this week as well.
One of the first calls Shmurda received when stepping foot outside Clinton Correctional was a FaceTime call from his mother Leslie Pollard. The reuniting footage saw Pollard getting emotional seeing her son free again. “Oh my goodness, look at my baby,” she shrieked. “How are you? I miss you and I cannot wait to kiss you. I love you. You look good.”
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Bobby Shmurda has been incarcerated on weapon and conspiracy charges after prosecutors described the rapper as the leader of a violent drug gang in East Flatbush. According to the New York Times, Shmurda earned conditional early release through good behavior while detained.
Shmurda, born Ackquille Pollard, was 20 years old when he was arrested his single, “Hot N*gga,” skyrocketed his budding rap career, landing him a deal with Epic Records within months. He had performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! mere days before being arrested in December 2014.
Police apprehended Shmurda as he left a Manhattan studio that was subsequently raided by authorities. Fourteen members of Shmurda’s crew, GS9, were arrested in the raid. In the NPR podcast Louder Than a Riot, GS9 members assert the group is a music collective and a family, not a gang, but an indictment charged Shmurda and over 15 others with crimes including murder, assault, and drug dealing.
WELCOME HOME BOBBY! – BOOM
Source: Hip-Hop, Rolling Stones