Imprisoned rapper Lil Boosie has been barred from speaking to the press while serving an eight-year bid on drug charges. However, the Baton Rouge native was allowed to grant an interview via his attorneys recently, and he revealed details on his life in prison, plans for his music and much more.
SPIN was able to snag the exclusive interview, although Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, hasn't spoken to the press since being found not guilty of first degree murder in May of 2012. The popular Louisiana rapper displayed a strong amount of self-awareness in his written statements to the magazine.
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 feel I haven't reached the star power that was destined for me. That makes me keep writing and thinking of ways to better myself as a man and artist.
Boosie's outlook on life, however, had seemed grim as state prosecutors attempted to tie the violent backdrop of some of his music to the murder he was accused of during his trial. “The state painted my music wrong," said Boosie. "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.”
Lil Boosie was critical of the prison guards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary as well. “Some guards hate me with a passion and it shows in some of the things I've been told and called,” shared Boosie. “Some guards come to work full of hatred for inmates.”
Also highlighted was the groundswell of support from fans that revere Lil Boosie and await his return. Boosie also mentioned penning a memoir of his life titled The Truth, No Lies. He's also hopeful to be reunited with his mother and seven children while securing a major record deal.
Although rumors have swirled that Boosie will see a February release, a more realistic projection has been slated for 2014 according to New Orleans attorneys Jason Williams and Nicole Burdett.