Lil Boosie stepped out of his prison cell Friday and claimed his throne Monday – literally – marking his return to society with a splash.
Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, made the most of his five years in Angola Prison, announcing at a press conference March 10, while sitting in a prop throne, that he’s got a queue of records waiting to be recorded.
“I wrote 1,018 songs (in prison),” Boosie said. “Every free time I get (now), I’m getting in the studio.”
Boosie’s plans for collaboration include one surprising young pop star who’s dealt with his own legal issues in recent weeks.
“I got a hit for Justin Bieber, and I just got music,” he said. “I just got good, quality street music.”
Boosie’s incarcerated oeuvre isn’t limited to music, either.
“I wrote my own movie, Boosie: The Movie,” he said. “I might shop it but I’m probably going to get my own, do it myself. It ain’t no movie like this movie… I wrote my book… I stayed busy in prison. When I ain’t have nothing to do, I’d try to mastermind another hustle.”
Among those hustles masterminded was social media, which has undergone a revolution since Boosie’s admission to Angola in 2009. Originally locked up for marijuana possession and later for parole violation, Boosie blew up on the Internet while dodging the death penalty after he was acquitted on first-degree murder charges related to the 2009 death of Terry Boyd. Boosie was alleged to have hired a hitman to slay Boyd, but pled – and was found – not guilty in 2012.
That time in prison included 20 months in solitary confinement. All the while, Boosie’s brand grew while he waited behind bars.
“I already had millions of fans, but I feel like I got more fans because of social media. My name was always in something,” he said.
“See, I had never seen Instagram. I heard about it so it was a new experience seeing it. I was surprised when I looked at my iPhone and you could look at people and talk on the phone. I was like, the world has changed.”
Among those present at the press conference was local artist Jacob Zumo, who live-painted a mural of Boosie after being contacted by Trill Entertainment, who put on the press conference with Atlantic Records.
“Everyone in the industry was there, from XXL to all the major news channels,” Zumo said. “It was a lot of good support for Boosie and Baton Rouge in general. It was pretty awesome.”
The rap community was also in attendance, with artists like Webbie, Young Jeezy, and Bun B all showing support for their newly-freed contemporary.
“There’s been a lot of people that have been incarcerated and because of the system we haven’t been able to keep these people’s movement alive,” rapper Bun B said. “You’d be surprised to see how many people don’t want to see a young, black man come home and succeed. They waited for Mandela. They waited for Pac, and they waited for Lil Boosie.”