After almost five years in prison, the Baton Rouge native, Lil Boosie, has been released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Boosie entered the Louisiana State Penitentiary on a third-offense marijuana charge to eight years in prison, however has been released after nearly five on March 5, 2014 at 7:10pm.
During his incarceration, Boosie was charged with first-degree murder in 2011 for shooting rap artist Terry Boyd, but was found not guilty by the court and jury. He then pleaded guilty to his drug smuggling charges and sentence to eight years in prison.
Fans rejoiced over the news and a social network frenzy ensued. Two of Boosie’s biggest fans, Jake Reich and David Hoffman, celebrated their favorite rappers freedom by playing the rapper’s hit song “I’m so happy,” on repeat. “I’ve been a huge fan of Boosie, since I was six and now as an adult, I can’t wait to see what he’ll drop on his next album,” stated 19-year old Jake Reich.
Before Boosie’s incarceration, his career was on the rise and his future looked solid, however once convicted Boosie’s manager, Courtney Scott, feared his career wouldn’t hold up.
Scott told the Washington Post in 2011 that, “[Boosie] toured four to five days out of the week. That’s where it impacts his family this most.” When an artist isn’t around to promote, sales and records drop. His absence affected his last album immensely.
In 2011, four of hip hops most influential rappers at the time were incarcerated; Boosie, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Gucci Mane, and their future and reputations looked foggy. What was to become of them? Upon each rappers release, their careers experienced up and downs. Rapper Lil Wayne, one of hip hops biggest rappers has seen brighter days and his recent album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was a complete flop. Critics and fans noticed his quality in music decreasing and questioned the rappers future in the music industry.
So what’s in store for Boosie’s future? Will he have an unbelievable come back or fade into oblivion as so many musicians do?
Welcome home Boosie and try to stay out of trouble!