By Maurice Bobb
The Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola, is famous for being one of the harshest and most menacing prisons in America. More recently, though, its fame derives from housing Baton Rouge’s most famous rapper, Lil Boosie (inmate #560699), who has called the former plantation and current prison farm home for the past 38 months.
Currently serving an eight-year sentence for drug distribution charges while behind bars, the 30-year old MC born Torrence Hatch hasn’t spoken directly to the press since May of 2012, when he was acquitted of murder charges stemming from a 2010 indictment.
Recently, the “Wipe Me Down” spitter answered questions for Spin in an exclusive interview via his lawyers, Jason Williams and Nicole Burdett. When asked about how he’s coped with an imprisonment that’s been rumored to end next month or next year, or who knows when, Boosie cited his drive to pick up where he left off in the game.
“I’ve coped by knowing in my heart that I’m someone special who many people love. If you lose hope in yourself, you’ll make your time hard. I always felt that my mission wasn’t complete. I feel I haven’t reached the star power that was destined for me,” Boosie wrote.
During his murder trial, prosecutors tried to sway the jury by using lyrics from Boosie’s “187” and “Bodybag,” a tactic that proved controversial and detrimental to their case. “The state painted my music wrong,” Boosie said. “My music is violent, but not all of it. I have songs about God, my kids, and telling other people’s kids to chill out and go to school and do right. My violent music helps most kids avoid that street life because it scares them. My fans aren’t blind to the consequences.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Boosie talked about being black in his hometown and criticized his treatment by the prison guards.
“It’s been hard at times. Some guards hate me with a passion and it shows in some of the things I’ve been told and called,” he said. “Some guards come to work full of hatred for inmates.”
The Bad Azz MC also talked about his involvement in the community prior to his incarceration, earning his GED and writing the best music he’s ever made.
“I have about 500 songs at the moment. I’m ready to get in the studio with the best producers. I feel that I’m making the best music I’ve ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it’s been crazy the last three years,” Boosie reported. “I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn’t even say it’s hip-hop music. My music is ‘reality rap.’ Hip-hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can’t make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap.”
To close out the interview, Boosie said he was blessed to get another chance at freedom and promised to come back stronger.