Bobby Shmurda Opens Up About His Lowest Moments In Prison! Bobby Shmurda was set free from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York on Tuesday (Feb. 23) after a six-year bid behind bars.
As the rap community- fans and celebrities alike celebrated his return, GQ grabbed the opportunity to have a sit down with the “Hot N**ga” rapper to talk about his long awaited first day of freedom. The 26-year-old rapper opened up about his time behind bars and the time he realized he needed to change. After all, things weren’t exactly going smooth in prison. During the first few years he accumulated up to 11 violations for fighting, drug possession and having a prison shiv, among other violations.
“It was 2016, I was in the box,” he said. “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.”
That was when he decided he really needed to take rap seriously. Prior to prison, his GS9 friends actually had to bribe him to do the “Hot N**ga” video.
“I didn’t really care too much for it until I went to jail and I seen how the fans were loyal,” he continued. “I can’t name a week that I didn’t see at least 10 [pieces] of fan mail, throughout the whole bid.”
Shmurda also had Quavo in his corner who stuck by him throughout the entire six-year bid. As explained by the Migos rapper, sometimes he just needed a little inspiration.
“He was always getting in trouble and stayed in the hole,” Quavo said. “He would just tell me how crazy it was in there. I’d say, ‘Keep your head up, stay down, because we’re all Black, we’ve all been in tough situations.’ But I ain’t never had to do years like that. But you just say, ‘Keep God first, stay loyal to what [you] stand on.’ At the end of the day, [if you do that] it’s an easy road to success when you come home. Be ready to get out, have some goals, have some plans, some money plans.”
So, the rapper began reading law books and gravitated toward real estate.
“I only want to talk about real estate now,” he admitted. “Ask anybody. [This morning] I said, ‘Quavo — real estate!’ and he’s like, ‘Chill, you just got out.’ They made me a monster now. You’re like an animal in a fucking cage. And you’re mentally a monster. Physically a monster. Spiritually a monster. They aren’t going to know what to do with you.”
He then vowed to become a rich Black man but vowed to do it legally.
“I know what y’all like,” he said. “I know what y’all don’t like. Y’all don’t like to see young, Black rich n-ggas. So I’m going to get real rich on y’all. I’m going to make it legit, though. They want to see you n-ggas back selling crack. You know what I mean? Going to jail and shit. And I’m going to make it legit now.”
While six years in prison would be enough to break anyone’s spirit, that wasn’t the case for Shmurda. His perspective on life is admirable, all factors considered.
“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.”
The “Hot N*gga” rapper was arrested back in 2014 but got a plea deal in September 2016 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon for his involvement in the GS9 gang. He was initially sentenced to 7 years but was granted 2 years credit before the sentence was handed down.