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Bobby Shmurda May Be Getting Out of Prison Soon

It’s confirmed: rapper Bobby Shmurda could be getting out of prison as early as 2020. TMZ reports that Bobby will have a parole hearing in August 2020, and may be eligible to be paroled by December 2020. Shmurda is currently being held at Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York.

Before being locked up, Bobby Shmurda had a promising future in the rap game. Back in 2014, he released a mixtape, titled Shmoney Shmurda, and an extended play, titled Shmurda She Wrote. His EP debuted at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Bobby Shmurda is perhaps best known for two of his singles, which were featured on the EP: “Hot N***a” and “Bobby B***h”.

The Burgeoning Career

It’s confirmed: rapper Bobby Shmurda could be getting out of prison as early as 2020. TMZ reports that Bobby will have a parole hearing in August 2020, and may be eligible to be paroled by December 2020. Shmurda is currently being held at Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York.

Before being locked up, Bobby Shmurda had a promising future in the rap game. Back in 2014, he released a mixtape, titled Shmoney Shmurda, and an extended play, titled Shmurda She Wrote. His EP debuted at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Bobby Shmurda is perhaps best known for two of his singles, which were featured on the EP: “Hot N***a” and “Bobby B***h”.

The Arrest

Bobby Shmurda May Be Getting Out of Prison Soon

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“Hot N***a” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hip-Hop charts, and was certified RIAA Platinum. The track also sparked the social media trend and meme of the “Shmoney Dance”, which Bobby can be seen doing in the music video to the single. Freestyles over the beat (which was originally the beat to Lloyd Banks’ “Jackpot”) have been released by Juicy J, French Montana, Lil Kim, Gunplay, and T.I. Remixes of the track have featured guest vocals from stars such as Chris Brown, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes.

The same year that he released his two projects, Shmurda was arrested at a Times Square recording studio on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. 14 others were also arrested at the recording studio, including Bobby’s brother Javese and fellow GS9 label-mate Rowdy Rebel. Shmurda pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on $2 million bail. Police labeled him as a “driving force” in the gang GS9 (which is also a label), which was allegedly known for dealing crack and engaging in gang warfare.

The Plea Deal

Bobby Shmurda May Be Getting Out of Prison Soon

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In 2016, Shmurda took a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. While awaiting trial, Shmurda racked up a credit of 685 days for time served, meaning his release date will be closer to 2020 rather than 2022.

In his first interview since getting locked up, Bobby Shmurda spoke to Complex over the phone and weighed in on the situation:

”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.”

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