“Hot Ni**a” rapper Bobby Shmurda has conducted his first full-length interview from behind bars since taking a 7-year plea deal.
Bobby and friend Rowdy Rebel sat down with Complex and explained that he took the plea deal “for Rowdy [Rebel],” adding, “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.”
Shmurda went on to explain the foul play that occurred during his trial, and how juries usually rule in favor of cops who too often lie on the witness stand to get lengthy sentences for their victims.
“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.”, said Shmurda.
Rowdy Rebel followed up with, “We could’ve had a better chance fighting it from outside. I would’ve had people in my corner, getting to know the real me. I didn’t get enough of a chance to talk to the people. We’re in Manhattan and when it’s time to pick the jurors, it’s all Wall Street, Broadway people. I’m not that connected to those people; they don’t get to see me do good for any people. This might as well be another kid from the ghetto, rapping about this and that. You feel what I’m saying?”.
Bobby continued with, “If we made bail I would’ve beat the case. We look guilty in these orange jumpsuits. If you put Al Sharpton in a orange jumpsuit and accuse him of having a gun, he’s going to be found guilty. They just look at our skin color, and look at where we’re from. I didn’t get caught with anything on me and the cops lied, saying they seen me with a gun in my hand. I explained the whole situation to Epic and they were behind me all the way. We had big-money lawyers and they still couldn’t do nothing because of the judge, who looked at us like black thugs.”
The two went on to explain why Epic records failed to bail them out of jail, which new rappers they’re listening to while on the inside, and what we can expect from them upon their release.
As soon as he’s released, Bobby said that he has a lot of projects in the works, including music, movies, and a book deal. He revealed that all of these things should be coming to reality when he’s released “in about three years.”
When asked which of the new rappers on the scene they’re feeling, Bobby replied with, “I like Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, A Boogie, Young M.A, Bryson Tiller, Dave East.”
Rowdy followed up with, “Right now, our song we like to turn up to is Lil Uzi and Wiz Khalifa’s “Pull Up” and that other one Uzi got. [Sings “Money Longer”] “Savage, she call me daddy”—that one. You got to see Bobby’s dance moves to [Young M.A.’s “OOOUUU”], he’s going crazy to that too.”
Bobby responded with, “They call it dance moves but I just be having fun. I’m in here wildin’ out trying to make people laugh. We coolin’ in here and getting our mind together. When I go upstate, I’m going to get my GED and try to get me a college degree or something.