When Lil Boosie was incarcerated five years ago for drug possession, fans immediately showed support with t-shirts and posters plastered with the phrase “Free Boosie.” A year later when he was indicted for murder, the phrase stayed strong, but hope that Boosie would soon return became bleak. After he was acquitted of first-degree murder in 2011, Boosie had to still serve a seven-year stint for drug possession. Eventually, the call to "Free Boosie" simmered down as we all began to question whether we would hear Bad Azz rap again.
On March 5, 2014, however, Torrence Hatch was released from custody and was received by his family at the sheriff’s department in St. Francisville, LA. To say Boosie was waiting for this moment is an understatement, as the rapper has released three tracks, a freestyle, announced a clothing collaboration, and more—all within a week. If you needed more proof that Boosie has hit the ground running, here's A Recap Of Lil Boosie’s First Week Back From Prison.
Wednesday, March 5
After years of rumors circulating about Lil Boosie’s release, a rep from Atlantic Records confirmed on March 5 that the 31-year-old rapper would be released from prison in time for a press conference on March 10. That night, Baton Rouge, LA news station WAFP reported that Boosie was finally out. Later that night, an Instagram video of Boosie’s daughter further confirmed Boosie’s release and everyone went berzerk. The days of people yelling “Free Boosie” were officially over. Well, not for this guy:
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Less than 24 hours after being released, videos surfaced of Lil Boosie freestyling on his way home from prison. Although he left fans with an entire album and various features while he was away, people were eager to hear Boosie spit again. Fans got a taste of Boosie, and the rapper made sure he got his Boosie fade intact that day as well.
Friday, March 7
Before anyone could request a fresh Boosie verse, the Bad Azz delivered. Just two days after his release, Lil Boosie dropped ”Same Game” featuring TD Mr. Fox 5, and Mandingo. That same day, pictures of Boosie in the studio were posted on Instagram—you know, for those skeptics worried Boosie would rest on pre-recorded verses once returning.
Saturday, March 8
Once Boosie got his first official post-prison track out of the way, he dropped ”Wartime,” his first collaboration with longtime Trill Ent. brother Webbie. The two have worked together on 2007 mainstream hits like Webbie’s ”Independent” and Foxx’s ”Wipe Me Down” and are likely planning on another hit now that Boosie’s back. Boosie was also spotted on set for his “Show Da World” music video, which also features Webbie.
Sunday, March 9
Proof of Boosie's straight to work mindset was seen all over the web. In anticipation of the next day’s press release, Atlantic Records held a private welcome back dinner for the rapper to celebrate his return after nearly five years of incarceration. Guests included Young Jeezy, Webbie, and Angela Yee, as well as Atlantic executives who were all there to support Boosie who—judging by the pictures—was elated to be the guest of honor.
Monday, March 10
Lil Boosie addressed the public for the first time five days after being freed from prison at a press conference held by Atlantic Records and Trill Ent. The press conference was highly anticipated and it gave Boosie the platform to answer questions from the public as well as announce what he had planned for 2014. During the press conference Boosie revealed that he had written 1,018 songs—all of which he plans to record—he would like to work with Justin Bieber, and that despite keeping in touch with the likes of Bun B and Young Jeezy while he served his time, he isn’t very familiar with today’s hip-hop scene.
Boosie also told Angela Yee, who hosted the press conference, and his audience that he had written a book and a script based on his life and also shouted out Plies, Webbie, and Gotti for taking care of his family while he was gone. He also spoke to Complex TV about his current plans and leaving his hometown of Baton Rouge behind. And as if that wasn’t enough for fans, Boosie also dropped a collaboration with C-Murder, Master P’s brother who is currently serving time for murder, aptly titled Came2DaCan.”
Tuesday March 11
During his press conference, Lil Boosie revealed that he had written a book and film script while in prison. What Boosie kept from his audience however, was the upcoming collaboration he had with streetwear brand LRG for his “Touchdown To Cause Hell” collection, which is named after his song with the same title. Boosie had been spotted flexing new jackets with his crew shortly after he was freed, but it looks like the rapper let the brand do the unveiling for him this time.
Wednesday, March 12
The days following Boosie’s press conference were filled with various interviews giving fans new information on what Lil Boosie has in store for 2014. One of Lil Boosie’s most interesting endeavors is his interest in helping Louisiana State University recruit high school football players. Boosie admitted he’s focused on helping his younger fans steer toward a positive type of life and learn from his mistakes and tribulations. So to add on to being a rapper, author, fashion collaborator, and badass, Boosie is adding college recruiter to his already solid resume. If this is what Boosie got done in a week it will be interesting to see what else he has in store for 2014.
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