Bobby Shmurda was released from prison on Tuesday after serving six years. The “Hot N—a” rapper was sentenced in 2016 to seven years in prison on weapons and conspiracy charges after initially being arrested in 2014 just months after signing a record deal with Epic.
The now 26-year-old Brooklyn rapper was sentenced in 2016 to seven years in the Clinton Correctional Facility on weapons and conspiracy charges after initially being arrested in 2014 just months after signing a record deal with Epic. Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, will serve out the remaining ten months of his sentence on work release and will remain on parole until 2026.
A day before his release, Migos star Quavo revealed to Billboard that he would be personally going to retrieve Shmurda upon his release from prison. He made good on his promise, and the two were captured exiting a private jet together.
Many images hit the internet that documented how Shmurda spent his first day out. He was spotted at what appeared to be a photoshoot and reunited with close friend Rowdy Rebel, who was released from prison in January. Shmurda also enjoyed a lavish dinner with his loved ones.
While it is unclear what is next for the beloved New York rapper, his release from prison has been one of hip-hop’s most anticipated. Though his music career had not yet hit its peak when he was imprisoned, the way he chose to conduct himself during his trial has garnered praise throughout the rap community. When presented with a deal that would have freed him years ago, Shmurda declined so that Rebel would not receive a longer than a necessary sentence. This act has solidified the respect of his peers and fans.
Welcome home, Bobby Shmurda.
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) February 23, 2021