Bobby Shmurda is one of the young rappers that came to the limelight in 2014 to help endorse the ‘new sound’ of rap music. The Hot Nigga rapper came to prominence with his hit single and was poised to make waves in the industry.
However, while it is still believed that he will reach the heights expected of him, his legal troubles have kept him sidelined. He is serving time moment at the for numerous counts. Bobby says he hopes to get into acting sometime later in his career. He also singles out Kevin Hart as one of the actors he would love to work with.
Bobby Shmurda Biography, Wiki, Family
Bobby’s real name is Ackquille Jean Pollard and he is the younger of two sons. His elder brother’s name is Javese. Shmurda was born in Miami, Florida, on August 4, 1994, where he was raised until his Jamaican father was jailed. He and his mother, who is from Trinidad, moved to Brooklyn, New York, and subsequently to East Flatbush.
Nothing is on record about Shmurda’s growing up years, family ties or schooling activity. Shmurda had his fair share of trouble with the law. At one point, he spent fifteen months in detention for violating his probation. He was also arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, but the charge was later dropped.
Bobby Shmurda is the lead man of a rap syndicate known as GS9, even though the law didn’t recognize them as just another rap group. According to Shmurda’s charge, GS9 was a criminal syndicate headed by him. They were seen as a body that regularly had a hand in all sorts of crimes along East Flatbush to King’s Highway. The list included disputes with rival gangs, drug trafficking, non-fatal shootings, and even murder.
Shmurda unsurprisingly fell in love with rap music. This love became apparent in 2004 at the young age of 10. He took Crime Mob’s song Knuck If You Buck and made it his own. However, the remix did not really fly until 2014, a decade later. This was the year he released the banger track titled Hot Nigga for which he is mostly known.
Bobby’s popularity and celebrity status continued to grow when he introduced the ‘shmoney dance’. He did this by releasing a video of the original choreography he had made back in 2013. This increased the song’s popularity on video sharing platforms like Vine and very soon the ‘shmoney dance’ meme was made. The dance was notably performed by veteran singer Beyonce while she was on her On the Run Tour. It was also used by the rapper Drake at the ESPY Awards in 2014.
The song landed pretty on the Billboard Rap Digital chart, making it to No.21 spot and No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has also been certified Platinum. The success of the song meant he could score high profile acts Chris Brown, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes to do a remix of the song.
Bobby also made his debut on television by making a guest appearance on an episode in the fourth season of Real Husbands of Hollywood. 2014 continued to prove to be a good year for Bobby Shmurda. He performed on stage with American rapper, Meek Mill and put pen to paper on a record deal with Epic Records.
The year saw another remix to Hot Nigga, expanding the roster from the first remix. Bobby then started working on his debut album to be released under Epic Records. The album, which was being executive produced by Jalil Beats, was slated to be released in 2016. Unfortunately, that did not happen and the album was suspended due to Shmurda’s incarceration.
The Police who claimed they had been monitoring Shmurda long before he rose to fame, arrested him on two occasions in 2014. The second arrest included his brother, Javese, and fellow GS9 label-mate, Rowdy Rebel. He was charged with drug and gun possession, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit murder. He pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $2 million.
Officer James Essig was the head of the NYPD unit that carried out his arrest. The officer opined that Bobby’s lyrics were like a real-life document of his life on the streets. In his hit single Hot Nigga, Shmurda had rapped about how he had been selling crack since fifth grade because Jaja (God) had shown him how. He had also bragged about his crew’s past and future killings.
Shmurda who was facing a maximum sentence of 8-25 years asserted the officer’s views saying that his lyrics were indeed a reflection of his real life. However, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that lyrics cannot be accepted as evidence in a trial unless there was strong evidence that they were referring to a very specific crime.
Bobby Shmurda’s Death
The rumors that Bobby Shmurda is dead are farcical. However, he has gotten into a lot of squabbles during his time on the inside.
In late 2015, Shmurda and his ex-girlfriend were caught after they had smuggled a knife into the Rikers Island Jail. This put him at risk of an additional seven-year sentence. He and his ex pleaded not guilty to these charges.
In September 2016, Bobby pleaded guilty to two counts, one each of weapons possession and third-degree conspiracy. This earned him seven years without the option of appeal. However, he was given credit for the two years he had already served in prison. This meant he had 5 years left overall with an extra 5 of probation.
In early 2017. Bobby received another charge of four years when a prison shank was found in his cell. The sentence, however, did not add any jail time to his sentence as it runs concurrently with his ongoing seven-year jail time.
Shmurda earns an average of $7.75 every week as an inmate. He released a statement in February 2017 saying that he was still penning songs in prison in preparation for his release.
Height, Net Worth
Bobby Shmurda stands at an adult height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78m), which is considered the average height for an American man. He didn’t really have the time to grow his fortune as he was thrown in prison almost as soon as fame came knocking. His net worth is evaluated at $500,000.