Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie is facing the hard reality of seeing how famous he really is as reports claim fake touring managers have used his name to scam people out of thousands.
Details of the incidents’ widespread impact have surfaced online this week.
We spoke to several of the alleged victims — two in Dallas and one in Detroit — and each of them claim the scam cost them $25,000. Here’s how it happened — one of the alleged victims LaToya Thompson tells us, she came across a Boosie booking flier on Instagram recently and called the phone number. She says she was eventually put in touch with a man claiming to be Boosie’s brother TQ. LaToya tells us, “TQ” instructed her to wire him $25,000 to book Boosie for a concert in April — and as soon as the money went through last week, “TQ” went AWOL. (TMZ)
The Southern rap star has also addressed the matter on his Twitter page.
“Alert: A Company Named Giovany Productions is scamming promoters out of money, while impersonating his manager.”
“Lil Boosie’s Booking is [email protected] [ Do not be scammed ],” Boosie wrote March 18. (Lil Boosie’s Twitter)
Boosie Bad Azz recently talked about his fame and wanting to reach rap mogul Jay Z‘s high-profile status.
While he was behind bars, the 31-year-old become a rap champion of sorts, and now that the “Free Boosie” movement can happily quell, the Louisiana native wants to lift himself to “Jay Z status,” he tells BET.com. In the future, he aspires to spread out in different directions, like Hov has done with the Roc Nation record label, in addition to sports, film, and management ventures. Climbing up to Jay’s level is a slow journey, and one that Bossie says he’s ready for. “I know it’ll take a little time.” (BET)
While fans have to wait for its full-length release, behind-the-scenes footage from Boosie and fellow Louisiana rapper Webbie’s “Show the World” shoot landed online last week.
Boosie been busy since his release from prison. Having taken his first selfie, dropped a freestyle on the ride home from the pen, and held a press conference, he’s now back with his old running mate Webbie, shooting a video for their song “Show the World.’ Kids, remember what Webbie says, stay in school. Also, don’t forget to wear your Jimmy Graham jersey backwards. (Complex)