Bobby Shmurda finally regained his freedom on Tuesday (Feb. 23) after he was locked away for conspiring to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and gun and drug possession back in December 17, 2014. The Brooklyn rapper was arrested alongside his close friend Rowdy who was released a few weeks back and 13 of their GS9 cohorts.
The rapper who got escorted by Quavo did not spend the first day of his release alone but rather in the midst of his crew, accompanied by cameras as they made preparation to meet the entire family and close friends. Bobby reflects on his time in prison as he tries to adjust to normal life.
“My spirit’s always gon’ be up,” he said. “I used to sleep next to people who had 40 to life. People who’ve been in there for 30 years and haven’t laughed–I’d have them crying all day. When you got good energy, no matter where you at, you can bring a smile to someone’s face.”
Bobby also recalled his earlier days before prison, saying he did not really care much about his until he read a six-year-old girl letter while he was in jail that he decided to take his music seriously.
“It was 2016, I was in the box. A six-year-old girl wrote to me; she said I was her favorite rapper… That just let me know the kids are watching me, and I have to be a role model.” Suddenly, being familiar enough with jail to rise above it didn’t mean so much.
Bobby decided then to take rapping and his music career seriously: “I didn’t really care too much for it until I went to jail and I seen how the fans were loyal,” he tells me. “I can’t name a week that I didn’t see at least 10 [pieces] of fan mail, throughout the whole bid.” Which begs the question: If that epiphany happened in 2016, then what was on his mind the summer that he had a Top 10 Billboard single and a seven-figure label deal? “Money and bitches, I ain’t gonna lie to you,” he says. “I was 19 turning 20, coming out of the [East Flatbush] ’90s, one of the worst neighborhoods in Brooklyn.”
While he did not give much away concerning new music, he, however, confirmed that several projects are in the works also confirming a collaboration with late rapper Pop Smoke. Read the full interview here.