After nearly five years in the State Prison, Louisiana-born rapper Lil Boosie spoke to members of the media Monday.
He spoke about his love for family, life lessons, and as WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter tells us, he has a message for his youngest fans and followers.
It was media mayhem during Lil Boosie’s first public appearance since his release from the Louisiana State Prison.
New York-based radio host Angela Yee emceed Monday’s press conference that was streamed live. It had more than 90-thousand viewers world-wide.
There were some lighthearted moments about his long-awaited release and rumored dates.
“They said I had more release dates than Jordans,” Lil Boosie said before a round of laughter.
Yee asked if he had conjugal visits during his time behind bars. The was answer no, but Lil Boosie jokingly shared his alternative.
“I visited by myself though.”
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Boosie spoke jokingly about inking a deal with Atlantic Records.
“I think that budget’s going to be bigger now.”
After the media event, I sat one-on-one with the Baton Rouge native, born Torrance Hatch.
He first spoke about his unwavering fans; especially those who wrote more than 100-letters a day during his incarceration.
“The love they showed me I was blessed to get it and I’m just thankful.” “I’m just thankful for all those people who stood by me you know,” Lil Boosie said.
Boosie is ready to get back in the game. He wrote more than a-thousand new songs during his 52-months in prison on drug charges and a probation violation.
He says it’s time served for a tough lesson learned.
“I would never do that again if smoking marijuana can take you from society; take you from your family, who wants to smoke marijuana, when it can take you away from your kids for years. Ain’t no high that good.”
We asked about him being a role model to urban youth, and if they should view his incarceration as “street cred.”
“All the people who looked up to me and think me going to jail gave me a badge of honor, it really gave me a badge of pain, and a lot of making up to do with my kids and with life period,” he replied.
In addition to making music Lil Boosie says he plans to continue giving back to the community, through various programs and foundations.