Boosie Badazz

When Boosie was headed to jail in 2009 he actually thought he had struck gold. Knowing he was facing at least two years jail time on marijuana charges, Boosie was out promoting his album Superbad. In interviews before he set to turn himself in, Boosie said that he thought jail time would help his career, adding to his mystique and hoped to sign a big record deal once he was released. Superbad was released on September 15 of that year and he turned himself in a week later. What was initially a two-year sentenced turned into five years after a judge tacked on a first-degree murder charge and more time after Boosie was allegedly caught trying to smuggle drugs into prison. During his incarceration his label home Trill Entertainment released the album Incarcerated to mixed reviews. Boosie was found not guilty on the murder charge but he still had to stay in prison until 2014. Boosie was released in March 2014 to much fanfare, media hype, a press conference with Angela Yee and outrageous “Boosie Mandela” t-shirts. He would release Touch Down 2 Cause Hell in May 2015, but hardly an of those “fans” screaming “Free Boosie” supported it. Despite positive reviews, the album sold around 78,000 in its first two weeks of release. But, if Boosie’s Instragam posts are any indication, life is good.

Verdict: HURT. In the time Boosie spent locked away artists like Kevin Gates, 2 Chainz and other essentially took over the Hip-Hop chitlin circuit that he helped create and parlayed it into superstardom and chart topping hits. Boosie is now playing catch up.

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