This week, court documents from Bobby Shmurda’s September parole hearing were made public, offering more insight into the rapper’s post-prison plans and why he was denied early release.
According to the hearing’s transcripts, which were first reported on by TMZ, the rapper is looking forward to getting back to his rapping career at the end of his sentence. However, he also wants to commit himself to community and public outreach, and plans to launch a mentorship program for troubled youths.
Shmurda, who made his own case to be freed, also said he now considers himself a “leader” rather than a follower. According to the transcripts, he said that he often got into trouble as a kid because he was worried about what others would think if he backed down from a fight. Now, he said he’s too “grown” to be fighting and instead makes a point to remove himself from bad situations.
Furthermore, Shmurda also wants to get his high school G.E.D. once he’s released. He now acts less impulsively, he told the parole board, and considers others’ feelings when making decisions.
Unfortunately, as reported by REVOLT, Shmurda was denied early release by the board on Sept. 21. According to court documents, board members and the judge pointed to the rapper’s “multiple” violations while in prison, including allegedly having a shank, fighting with other inmates and drug possession.
It’s now expected that Shmurda will stay in prison for the remainder of his 7-year sentence, which ends on Dec. 11 2021. The rapper was first incarcerated in 2014 for gang conspiracy, gun and drug charges.
In a past interview with REVOLT, Shmurda also said he wants to get involved in politics and activism upon his release.
“When I get home — I ain’t even gonna lie — I’ve been thinking about getting into politics and everything because this thing gotta stop,” he said. “I’m ready to get into social injustice and start protesting. I’m about to really be getting in tune with [this] because it’s crazy what the system is doing and how it’s not even following its own laws.”
“I’m gonna be doing a lot of things like acting, rapping, politics — everything,” he added. “I’m getting into a lot of stuff when I get home.”