In the summer of 2014, you couldn’t walk down the street in New York without hearing the synth stabs of a familiar Jahlil Beats production. The beat, originally performed over by Lloyd Banks as "Jackpot" was being repurposed by an emerging Brooklyn-based MC named Bobby Shmurda. With a catchier hook, a grimmer vibe, and the help of a viral vine of the Shmoney Dance, the track, now dubbed “Hot N*gga,” propelled the then 18-year-old rapper into an overnight phenomenon.
But just as Shmurda’s star was on the rise, his past caught up with him and he was locked up for 7 years for conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession and reckless endangerment related to his GS9 crew. But how did he get there? We take a look back at the life of Shmurda, investigating the circumstances that led to the 22-year-old’s arrest, and talk with Al Sharpton, rap detective Derrick Parker, and Complex News anchor Nadeska Alexis about what the future holds for the young rapper. Watch the latest Complex Original Documentary Hot above.