As Bobby Shmurda fans await new music, the New York Times reports a film featuring the Brooklyn rapper may soon be in the works. According to the publication, Bobby and his new Roc Nation management team are sending out offers for a potential film or documentary about his life.
Growing up in East Flatbush, the emcee opted for the gang life while his incarcerated father served time as part of a life sentence. In 2012, following his stint at a facility in upstate New York, he started making records to deter him from going further down the wrong path, and he scored a hit with “Hot Nigga.”
Unfortunately, his past actions caught up to him, interrupting his taste of success. The rapper was arrested on conspiracy to commit murder and weapons possession charges. He was released in February after nearly seven years behind bars.
“I ain’t mad about going to jail, because my mind state now versus my mind-state before — I probably would’ve been in jail for life before,” he told the Times of the experience. “The stuff that’s going to get you in trouble or put you in that situation, you can see that from miles away.”
“When I was young, I used to run towards it,” he continued. “I was a full animal. So I feel like being locked up, it made me smarter. It made me stronger. And it made me badder, but in a good way. Instead of saying, ‘Boom, I want to go in the streets and cause hell,’ I’m saying, ‘I want to go in the streets and give back.’ I feel like that’s gangster.”
Aside from the potential film, Shmurda is preparing to take the stage at Hot 97’s Summer Jam and Hov’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. He has also been cooking up hits with DaBaby, Migos and Swae Lee for his upcoming debut album. “We’re going to be dancing 24/7,” he said. “When I dance, it’s to show you that I came through the struggle, but I overcame it, and we’re still overcoming it.”