The Brooklyn Rappers Refuse To Let Anyone “Steal Their Joy”
Bobby Shmurda made headlines this week as his case has officially been put to rest. Bobby and his friend, Rowdy Rebel,took plea deals for seven years apiece on a variety of felony gun and drug charges. Though both rappers took deals for seven years, they did it with the caveat of time served. Since they were originally locked up in 2014, it means they’ve already got two years served and with good behavior, could be out as early as sometime in 2019. Complex made a phone call to both artists to see how they’ve held up and it seems like the Brooklyn emcees are taking it in stride.
Rowdy Rebel talked about what’s next or him and Bobby Shmurda (via Complex):
Basically right now, we get our minds right, our bodies right, our souls right. We’re putting together a couple of mixtapes for the streets to stay relevant. Me and Bobby have one called The Last of the Real, it’s going to be like 11 songs. I’m going to drop Shmoney Keep Calling Pt. 2 soon. Apart from that, we’ve got a couple new artists, some friends that we’re going to promote while we in here, that have a couple songs out there. My boy Chase Hound, who’s currently locked up, but he’ll be home by April. My little brother Fetty Luciano, he’s currently locked up, but he’ll be home in like 10 months. Right now we’re just staying positive. It ain’t over; we’ll be out in like three-and-a-half. We don’t want anyone giving up hope on us.
Bobby also chimed in to talk about why he took the plea deal.
I did it for Rowdy. They offered me five and offered Rowdy 12. They said the only way they’ll give him seven is if I took seven too. So, you know, I had to take one for the dawgs. The judge wasn’t really playing fair because he was letting a lot of stuff into court that wasn’t supposed to be. The only witnesses the DA had against us were lying cops. We had detectives lying, saying they seen us with guns in our hands, but when everything came back there was no DNA, no fingerprints, no nothing. My lawyer told me we don’t want to go to court in Manhattan with these white people because they’re going to be looking at me, a little black kid. Who are they going to believe, the word of this black kid talking about shooting shit up or the word of white officers? A jury is going to believe cops all day. We’re black kids, these are white people with badges.
Both rappers also seemed optimistic about their return trip home.
I’m rapping, I’m acting, I’m going to have some books out. I want people to hear my story, they’re gonna feel my pain. I have three years to make a book happen. I got love for 50 Cent, I got love for DMX, but my movie’s gonna be better than Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Belly put together, and it’s gonna be a true story. And I swear, I feel bad for somebody’s daughter because her back is gonna need some new bones and her vagina gonna need a tombstone. [Laughs.] They ain’t never gonna take my joy.
It’s an unfortunate situation but it’s also good to see both rappers are positive about their future and in high spirits.