Upon completing a six year stint at an upstate New York prison after being charged with conspiracy to murder, reckless endangerment, and possession of weapons, the once up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda was released earlier this week. He was well received by the Hip Hop community and showered with designer clothes, affection, cash, and jewelry which included a Rolex Sky-Dweller at his lavish welcome home party.
Fans and many celebrities took to social media to welcome the “Hot Boy” rapper, offering well wishes and showing love, driving on-demand streams of his catalog up by 624% since his release. His original release date was scheduled for later this year, but after exemplifying good behavior during incarceration, he became eligible for conditional early release and remains under supervision by Kings County until early 2026.
Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, enjoyed a night out on the town amongst close friends during one of his first days out. Fans quickly took notice of his compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines as pictures of him sitting comfortably in a club section wearing a mask went viral.
In the video everyone in his camp is drinking and a nearby woman offers the rapper a cup of alcohol. He quickly denies and instead raises a bottle of juice, creating a viral moment.
Social media users appeared shocked and intrigued as to why Bobby declined, prompting him to explain via his Instagram story saying, “Hell nah a nigga on parole playas” followed by two emojis. While details of his parole guidelines are unknown, the “Shmoney dance” creator was not taking any chances. The moment also had viewers question why he appeared to be the only person in the close vicinity wearing a mask as the nation continues to push its way through the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
When asked about new music the rapper told Variety that an album isn’t quite ready, but definitely on the way.