New York rapper Bobby Shmurda is speaking. The incarcerated hip-hop artist has addressed his now-publicized seven-year jail sentence this week.
In Shmurda’s opinion, his label Epic Records could have significantly impacted the gun possession conviction.
“If we made bail I would’ve beat the case. We look guilty in these orange jumpsuits. If you put Al Sharpton in a orange jumpsuit and accuse him of having a gun, he’s going to be found guilty. They just look at our skin color, and look at where we’re from. I didn’t get caught with anything on me and the cops lied, saying they seen me with a gun in my hand. I explained the whole situation to Epic and they were behind me all the way. We had big-money lawyers and they still couldn’t do nothing because of the judge, who looked at us like black thugs.” (Complex)
Bobby also said fans should expect him to resume his entertainment career following the jail stint.
“I’m rapping, I’m acting, I’m going to have some books out. I want people to hear my story, they’re gonna feel my pain. I have three years to make a book happen. I got love for 50 Cent, I got love for DMX, but my movie’s gonna be better than Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Belly put together, and it’s gonna be a true story. And I swear, I feel bad for somebody’s daughter because her back is gonna need some new bones and her vagina gonna need a tombstone. [Laughs.] They ain’t never gonna take my joy.” (Complex)
A few days ago, Bobby’s lawyer suggested his client would not serve the full seven years.
Mr. Pollard’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said in a statement that the rapper would receive credit for time served, which would “hopefully permit him to be home in approximately three and a half years and resume his remarkable career.” (New York Times)
Buzz surfaced last Friday (September 9) about Shmurda agreeing to a plea deal.
Rapper Bobby Shmurda, born Ackquille Jean Pollard, and two co-defendants, Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall and Nicholas McCoy, have accepted a plea deal from the prosecution in a court hearing today, agreeing to serve seven years in prison rather than risk trial, which had been scheduled to begin the jury selection process Monday (Sept. 12). (Yahoo! Music)