Imprisoned Baton Rogue rap superstar Lil Boosie has been behind bars since he was first arrested for the first-degree murder of Terry Boyd back in 2010. Although he pleaded not-guilty and was ultimately acquitted, he was caught attempting to sneak marijuana, ecstasy and the ingredients to make codeine into jail while awaiting trial. This crime brought him eight years, although rumors have swirled that he could be out earlier.
Jeff Weiss, who covered the trial for Rolling Stone magazine, recently spoke with Boosie via the rapper's attorneys; Boosie has been forbidden from communicating with the press directly. Here are some highlights from the must-read interview:
His attorneys estimate that he could be home as early as this summer:
A "pessimistic projection is sometime in 2014."
He defended how his music was portrayed during his murder trial:
"The state painted my music wrong. My music is violent, but not all of it. I have songs about God, my kids, and telling other people's kids to chill out and go to school and do right. My violent music helps most kids avoid that street life because it scares them. My fans aren't blind to the consequences."
On feelings of persecution:
"When you get a black man who does more for the community than the public officials, people in those positions don't like it. When you're a black man living in homes they can't afford, they don't like that...In Baton Rouge, blacks have always been looked at differently from other races, and the blacks who are fortunate, don't express themselves like I do. I don't hold my tongue for nobody.... For me to come out of one of the worst neighborhoods in Louisiana, South Baton Rouge, and to become successful off music they don't agree with, puts hatred in people's hearts. So when they got a chance to shatter my image, they tried everything in their power to turn me into a straight bad guy, a monster."
On clashes with prison guards:
"Some guards hate me with a passion and it shows in some of the things I've been told and called. Some guards come to work full of hatred for inmates. I think they do that because their household is miserable or they're just tired of working," Boosie reasoned. "When I first got here, I was a ticking time bomb. I've been done bad by some guards, but there's people here who have been done worse. They do have some cool guards here though. As far as inmates, I'm respected. It's just like the streets — the real respect me and the fake are Boosie haters."
Weiss on Boosie's goals upon release:
"His goals upon release include: a record deal with a major label, distribution for his Bad Azz Entertainment imprint, a clothing line, magazine, cartoon, energy drink, endorsements, a diabetic foundation, and to keep giving back to impoverished communities. He also wants to start a program to help the wrongly convicted and launch a company to publish writing by prisoners."
Read of the rest of the interview and lots of background on Lil Boosie, his legacy, and his enduring music here.
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