Bobby Shmurda Released From Prison After Six Years in Detention
Shmurda was 20 years old when he was arrested at the height of his fame.
Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda was released from a New York prison after completing six years of his seven-year term, according to state corrections records.
Bobby Shmurda had been incarcerated on arms and conspiracy charges after prosecutors identified the rapper as the leader of a violent drug gang in East Flatbush. According to the New York Times, Shmurda received conditional early release via good conduct while detained. He will be under community oversight until February 2026.
Shmurda, born Ackquille Pollard, was 20 years old when he was arrested when his star was rising. His hit March 2014 single, “Hot N*gga,” propelled his burgeoning rap career, landing him a contract with Epic Records within months. He had performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! mere days before being arrested in December 2014.
Police apprehended Shmurda as he left a Manhattan studio that was subsequently searched by authorities. Fourteen members of Shmurda’s crew, GS9, were arrested in the raid. In the NPR podcast Louder Than a Riot, GS9 members assert the group is a music collective and a family, not a gang, but an indictment charged Shmurda and over 15 others with crimes including murder, robbery, and drug trafficking.
Shmurda initially agreed to the seven-year sentence in a plea bargain, seeking to escape a trial that could have resulted in decades in jail and extra time for friend and partner Chad “Rowdy Rebel” Marshall.
When he was being convicted in 2016, he threatened to withdraw his plea. “‘I was forced by my attorney to take the plea. I was forced,” he insisted.
On Monday, Migos member Quavo told Billboard that he’d personally receive Shmurda from prison following his release. “I’m gonna let [Shmurda] show you how I’m gonna pick him up,” he said. The pair teased a collaboration mixtape in 2014.
Today, Quavo shared a video of himself descending a plane with a fully-masked partner on Twitter and Instagram. “Did Six And Didn’t Switch Welcome Home! @realbobbyshmurdags9,” reads the caption.