Who is Bobby Shmurda?
Ackquille Jean Pollard, commonly known as Bobby Shmurda, is an American songwriter and rapper. In 2014, Shmurda became popular due to his single “Hot Nigga”.
The song topped the hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Top 100. After the success of his single, Shmurda signed a contract with Epic Records.
Epic Record and Shmurda released “Hot Nigga” has his official debut single. On November 10, 2014, Shmurda also released his debut EP (Extended Play) with Epic. The title was Shmurda She Wrote.
While the music career of Shmurda experienced a major setback after his arrest, he is still a very well-known figure. This is particularly true in the hip-hop industry.
People consider Shmurda as a co-founder of Brooklyn drill, together with rapper Rowdy Rebel. He is also great at being an instrumentalist and songwriter.
What is Bobby Shmurda’s Net Worth?
According to reports, the net worth of Bobby Shmurda as of 2021 is around $400,000. However, he was worth a lot more in 2014, before his arrest.
Bobby Shmurda’s net worth greatly decreased during his time in prison. This is because of the legal expenses and the costs of paying his production team and crew over the years he was in jail.
It is worth keeping in mind that Shmurda made almost all of his whole wealth in 2014. According to reports, he would have made $1 million – $2 million a year from 2014 to 2021 if he had not been arrested and kept his form.
Thus, according to estimates, Shmurda lost around $10 million of possible net worth during his time in prison.
Why is Bobby Shmurda Famous?
Bobby Shmurda is an extremely well-known rapper who was at the peak of his hip-hop career. Unfortunately, everything changed for him when he was arrested due to his several convicted crimes.
Shmurda is best known for his songs that went viral. These songs include “Hot Nigga” and “Shmoney Dance”. These viral videos have gained more than 700 million views.
Aside from that, Shmurda is also a member of GS9, a well-known rap group.
In 2004, Shmurda started rapping. He created a remix of Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck”. This was his first hit song. Bobby Shmurda’s hip-hop inspirations include Lil Wayne, Jay Z, 2 Pac, 50 Cent, and a lot more.
However, the song that made him very famous was the 2014 song and music video “Hot Nigga”. The video gained around 1 million views in just one month. It even reached #1 on both the US R&B/Hip-Hop and US Rap Charts.
Bobby Shmurda Early Life
Ackquille Jean Pollard, commonly known by his stage name Bobby Shmurda, was born on August 4, 1994. He was born in Miami, Florida to Leslie Pollard and Gervase Johnson. His father is Jamaican and his mother is African American.
In 1995, his father was convicted of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. Because of this, Shmurda’s mother decided to move to East Flatbush, Brooklyn. During this period, Shmurda was only 2 months old. Leslie raised Shmurda and his brother with the help of his grandmother.
Shmurda’s life wasn’t easy. He had a couple of run-ins with the law while growing up in Brooklyn. Aside from that, he also spent 15 months in a juvenile prison for gun charges and probation violations.
According to reports, Shmurda was the ringleader of GS9. It is a criminal enterprise that routinely enters into disagreements with other criminal gangs.
The group was responsible for non-fatal and fatal shootings. They also engage in drug selling and drug-using along East Flatbush to Kings Highway.
Shmurda was first jailed on Rikers Island. The rapper was involved in a couple of incidents during his time in prison. In May 2015, the rapper was involved in a fight that included members from the Crips and Bloods gangs.
In November 2016, the rapper was involved in another fight between a couple of inmates. This fight resulted in Shmurda losing phone privileges for a couple of months. In addition to that, he was also subjected to solitary confinement for 30 days.
In 2017, the officials decided to transfer the rapper to Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York. This is where he’s going to finish his sentence. Shmurda was in protective custody.
During his time in prison, photos of Shmurda surfaced on the internet after 3 years served of the 5-year sentence.
In August 2020, a hearing denied parole for Shmurda.
The conditional release date for Shmurda was set to December 2020 by his parole board, after he served his complete sentence. Unfortunately, Shmurda restored his credit for excellent institutional behavior after a review by the Department of Corrections.
This review qualified the rapper for conditional release on February 23, 2021. According to the Department of Corrections, Shmurda still has to serve the rest of his sentence on parole.
On February 23, 2021, Shmurda was released. However, he is still under supervision by fellow community members in Kings County, New York.
Shmurda will complete his full sentence on February 23, 2026. Until then, he will be under parole.
Quavo, a famous rapper, picked up Shmurda from prison on February 23, 2021. He stated during an interview with Billboard that he was going to pick up Bobby Shmurda personally.
Bobby Shmurda Career Information
Bobby Shmurda started rapping in 2004. He remixed the song by Crime Mob “Knuck If You Buck”. A lot of well-known individuals inspired the hip-hop career of Shmurda. This includes Trick Daddy, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, 2 Pac, 50 Cent, and much more.
In 2014, Shmurda released his first music video and an official song called “Hot Nigga”. In just a couple of months, the song gained millions of views.
According to fans, the song is called drill music. However, the instrumental came from the song “Jackpot” by Lloyd Banks.
Both the video and the song became a massive hit. The truth is that Beyonce called Shmurda to tell him that she liked his song. Beyonce created her own version, along with Jay Z, of the Shmoney Dance from the video during their “On the Run Tour”. Beyonce’s dance quickly became a well-known meme on the internet.
Shmurda’s single reached number 1 on both the US R&B/Hip-Hop and US Rap Charts. In 2014, Drake also performed the popular dance when he was hosting the ESPY Awards.
After the viral success of his song, Bobby signed a deal with Epic Records. Then, they released the song as the official debut single under Epic Records.
After the release, the song topped the Hot R&B Hip Hop songs chart. It peaked at the top 6 on the Billboard Top 100. Eventually, the single was certified platinum. It also gained more than 650 million views on YouTube.
The song also has an official remix that features other well-known rappers. This includes Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, and much more.
Another song that made Shmurda popular is the one titled “Bobby Bitch”. The song peaked at top 92 on the Billboard Top 100. In 2014, Shmurda released his debut studio album called “Shmurda She Wrote”.
The album reached the top 79 on the Billboard 200 chart, top 7 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and top 5 on the US Rap Chart. In 2014, Shmurda also released the mixtape Shmoney Shmurda together with his group GS9.
Due to his popularity, a lot of well-known artists collaborated with Shmurda. This includes Juelz Santana, Too $short, French Montana, Migos, Shy Glizzy, Rich The Kid, Ty Dolla $ign, The Game, Chinx, Rowdy Rebel, Uncle Murda, and much more.
Shmurda’s debut studio album was scheduled to be released in 2016, together with Epic Records. Unfortunately, it did not happen because he was arrested.
In 2017, Shmurda freestyle for Meek Mill, another popular rapper. According to Shmurda, he is still writing music even though he is in prison.
Shmurda was also featured on a song by 6ix9ine titled “Stoopid”. During this period, Shmurda phoned all of his verses over the telephone in his prison cell.
Unfortunately, Shmurda’s career suffered a huge decline after his arrest.
In June 2014, the authorities arrested Shmurda and charged him with felony criminal possession of a weapon. According to the police, they saw the rapper flashing his gun inside an apartment. When the police tried to check the scene, Shmurda hid the gun on a couch.
After he was arrested, Shmurda paid $10,000 on bail to be free. Unfortunately, he was arrested again in December 2014 together with other members of his group. This includes Rowdy Rebel and his brother Javese.
The authorities charged the rapper with gun and drug possession, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit murder. He was also charged with other crimes. This includes drug trafficking, assault, attempted murder, and murder.
Shmurda did not plead guilty. Because of this, he was held on $2 million bail. According to the authorities, they had been checking the GS9 group for murder and indiscriminately shooting at crowds in public areas long before Shmurda became well-known.
According to the authorities, the driving force and leader of the GS9 gang were Shmurda. The gang was also called other names. This includes G Stone Crips, Gun Squad, and Grimey Shooters.
In addition to that, Shmurda’s group also dealt with crack cocaine. They are also involved in multiple fatal battles with rival gangs for territory. The judge sentenced Shmurda to a maximum of 8 to 25 years in prison due to his crimes.
According to the head of the NYPD, James Essig, the videos and songs of Bobby Shmurda were virtually like an actual document of what the group has been doing on the streets.
In the song “Hot Nigga”, Shmurda sang that he has been already selling drugs when he was still in 5th grade because someone taught him to do it.
In addition to that, Shmurda also sang about the past and future murders of his group. In a couple of interviews, Shmurda stated that the lyrics represented his real life.
However, according to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, they can’t use the lyrics as evidence in the trial unless they’ve got a strong connection to a particular crime.
During his time in prison, Shmurda was involved in a fight. According to reports, the fight was related to the rivalry between gangs Crips and Bloods.
Around early July and late June 2015, Shmurda’s ex-partner was caught by the police smuggling a knife into his prison. Shmurda and his ex-partner were charged with two counts of encouraging contraband. Aside from that, they were also charged one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.
These charges can lead to an extra 7 years in prison time. The rapper appeared in the Bronx Supreme Court to face these charges plus 25 years for his past charges. Both the rapper and his ex-partner did not plead guilty.
However, Shmurda is still facing 25 years of prison time for the gun and drug charges.
In September 2016, the rapper pleaded guilty to one count of 3rd-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. The rapper was sentenced to 7 years in jail.
The rapper can’t appeal the sentence under the deal. However, he was to be offered credit for 2 years served. This leaves 5 years left on his sentence, followed by 5 years of probation.
Bobby Shmurda Awards and Achievements
Shmurda’s song and music video “Hot Nigga” peaked at the top 6 on the US Billboard Top 100 chart. Aside from that, it was also certified platinum.
His debut EP “Shmurda She Wrote” also peaked at top 5 on US Billboard Top Rap Albums.
In addition to that, Shmurda also gained a couple of nominations. This includes Best New Artist (2015) in BET Awards, Who Blew Up Award (2015) in BET Hip Hop Awards, Top Streaming Song (2015) in Billboard Music Awards, and Top Rap Song (2015) in Billboard Music Awards.