Numerous rappers released a “first day out” record after arriving home from jail or prison. Once it was official that Bobby Shmurda was no longer behind bars, many of his fans began anticipating when the Brooklynite would let loose his first post-prison song.
Shmurda did not immediately drop a track, but he did speak with GQ magazine in order to document some of the “Hot N####” rapper’s initial moments as a free man. It was clear he was still functioning with a “lock-up mindset” but it appears the Clinton Correctional Facility did not destroy his resolve.
“My spirit’s always gon’ be up. I used to sleep next to people who had 40 to life. People who’ve been in there for 30 years and haven’t laughed – I’d have them crying all day. When you got good energy, no matter where you at, you can bring a smile to someone’s face,” Shmurda told the publication.
After being incarcerated for over six years, the 26-year-old Shmurda She Wrote EP creator expressed that he is willing to embrace being a role model and declared that locked-up life was behind him. Shmurda spoke to Meek Mill over FaceTime during his interview.
“I’m done with that [jail] s###,” Bobby Shmurda is quoted saying to the fellow former inmate who is now an advocate for national criminal justice reform. “I’ll be light-skinned in Jamaica before I go back.”