Jailed rapper Ackquille “Bobby Shmurda” Pollard has provided fans with an update on his condition after being locked up last year on criminal charges for gun possession.
Discussing his record label Epic’s reluctance to help him post bail, Shmurda downplayed the criminal topics in his music.
Now, from jail, Mr. Pollard, who once stood by the veracity of his rhymes, said that the lyrics were “fabricated,” because “that’s what’s selling nowadays.” And, he added, Epic “grabbed me up at a vulnerable time.” He continued: “I was desperate to get out of the ’hood. I knew I was going to lose my life or go to jail.” But the record deal may have been too late to save him. According to the 101-count indictment, the city had been investigating GS9 since 2013, well before Mr. Pollard became famous. (New York Times)
Check out what rap star 50 Cent said about Epic/Shmurda on the next page…
Recently, rap star 50 Cent singled out Epic Records in an interview over Shmurda’s jailed status.
“You know what I’d really like to see? That check from Epic. Why they didn’t get Bobby out? Why they didn’t bail Bobby out? They got money on the man why they didn’t bail him out?” (Shade 45)
After denying rumors about being stabbed and talking about fellow inmates showing support, Shmurda recently spoke on his bail woes.
“Uhhh… We’re trying, but right now I think the DA and the judge and everyone in the court is being biased. It’s so crazy. The favoritism, yeah. They don’t have no evidence, no nothing on me for the bill to be so high. I haven’t been out for a year, I haven’t been around for a year. So I didn’t make two million dollars! [Laughs] They gave me a bill they know I can’t pay. We can pay the 10 percent. And we tried to pay the 10 percent and they told us collateral. And every time we go for bail, it’s something new.” (Billboard)
Shmurda also talked about what music stars had kept in touch.
“When I see the judge and the DA, I just see a bunch of people [who are] trying to take my life away for being blessed. That’s what I look at when I look at them. It looks like a bunch of haters. … I talked to Meek [Mill]. I talked to French [Montana]. I talked to Migos. I stay in contact with people. … [To my fans], keep your head up. Everybody goes through tough times and good times. You know what, tough times don’t last forever. I say, God makes his toughest battles for his strongest soldiers.” (Billboard)