Bobby Shmurda Talks Prison, New Music in First Interview Since Release

Written by on February 25, 2021

Bobby Shmurda is completely happy to be house.

The Brooklyn rapper was launched from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on Tuesday (Feb. 23) following his 2014 arrest on fees of conspiracy to commit homicide, reckless endangerment, and gun and drug possession. He celebrated his first time out at a welcome-home get together with household and mates together with Quavo, who flew him house on a non-public jet. GQ met up with Bobby for his first post-prison interview at a two-story penthouse in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.

Shmurda, who will stay on parole till 2026, was in good spirits as he mirrored on the previous six years. “My spirit’s all the time gon’ be up,” he stated. “I used to sleep subsequent to individuals who had 40 to life. Individuals who’ve been in there for 30 years and haven’t laughed–I’d have them crying all day. Whenever you bought good power, regardless of the place you at, you’ll be able to convey a smile to somebody’s face.”

The once-limber rapper is trying swole today, due to his day by day lifting routine. His proper hand stays in a brace, a reminder of jail life. “You already know what occurred,” he responded when requested concerning the harm. “Jail is jail.”

Whereas incarcerated, he acquired tons of letters from followers embrace one which hit house. “It was 2016, I used to be within the field. A six-year-old woman wrote to me; she stated I used to be her favourite rapper… That simply let me know the children are watching me, and I’ve to be a task mannequin,” he stated.

That’s when he knew he needed to take his music profession significantly. “I didn’t actually care an excessive amount of for it till I went to jail and I seen how the followers have been loyal,” added Bobby. “I can’t identify every week that I didn’t see a minimum of 10 [pieces] of fan mail, all through the entire bid.”

At one level through the interview, he acquired a FaceTime name from Meek Mill and the 2 commiserated over their shared experiences. “I’m finished with that [jail] shit,” he advised Meek, including, “I’ll be light-skinned in Jamaica earlier than I am going again.”

Quavo, who has remained considered one of his most loyal mates, began planning for Bobby’s first time out six months to a yr in the past after considered one of their cellphone calls. “He had this dream: a jet, flooded out together with his gang, his household, a pair vibes [read: women] for him,” stated the Migos rapper. “It’s like his birthday at present. No matter he needs to do, we’re doing it.”

Whereas in jail, Bobby began studying books about actual property, which has change into his new obsession. “I solely need to discuss actual property now. Ask anyone. [This morning] I stated, ‘Quavo–actual property!’ and he’s like, ‘Chill, you simply bought out.’ They made me a monster now,” stated Bobby. “You’re like an animal in a fu**ing cage. And also you’re mentally a monster. Bodily a monster. Spiritually a monster. They aren’t going to know what to do with you.”

Moreover, Bobby recalled the final dialog he had with Nipsey Hussle, which passed off only one month earlier than the Crenshaw rapper’s demise. “I solely had 4 or 5 conversations with cousin,” he stated. “His thoughts was totally different. He was saying all of the issues we have been going to do once I bought out.”

New music can also be on the best way. Whereas he wouldn’t verify an album, he advised GQ that “tasks” are within the works. Plus, he hinted at a possible collaboration with the late Pop Smoke, saying he “has one thing cooking.” And don’t be stunned to listen to a Shmurda characteristic on Migos’ forthcoming album Tradition III.

Now that he’s out, Bobby has no plans on going again. “I do know what y’all like. I do know what y’all don’t like. Y’all don’t prefer to see younger, Black wealthy ni**as. So I’m going to get actual wealthy on y’all. I’m going to make it legit, although. They need to see you ni**as again promoting crack. You already know what I imply? Going to jail and shit. And I’m going to make it legit now.”

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