Who Is Bobby Shmurda?
Ackquille Jean Pollard, better known by his stage name Bobby Shmurda, is an American rapper and songwriter. Shmurda rose to prominence in 2014 courtesy of his single “Hot Nigga.” The song peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Following the success of “Hot Nigga,” Shmurda inked a recording deal with Epic Records and released the song as his official debut single. He also released his debut Extended Play (EP) on November 10, 2014 with Epic, titled Shmurda She Wrote.
However, Bobby Shmurda’s music career was cut short on December 18, 2014, after New York City Police arrested him. He was charged, alongside various other members of GS9, with conspiracy to murder, illegal weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. After a long-drawn legal battle, Shmurda eventually pleaded guilty in 2016 to third-degree conspiracy as well as one count of weapons possession.
He was sentenced to 7 years and 4 years in prison for the two charges, to be served concurrently. The sentence was reduced to five years, seeing as he had already served two years in prison while awaiting his trial. On February 23, 2021, Shmurda was released from Clinton Correctional Facility on parole after serving six of his seven-year sentence.
Although Shmurda’s music career suffered a huge setback following his incarceration, the Brooklyn-based rapper is still a widely-revered figure in the hip hop industry. Shmurda is considered a co-pioneer of Brooklyn drill, along with rapper Rowdy Rebel. He’s also a talented songwriter and instrumentalist.
|Full Name:||Ackquille Jean Pollard|
|Popular Name:||Bobby Shmurda|
|Birth Date:||August 4, 1994|
|Parents:||Gervase Johnson and Leslie Pollard|
|Birth Place:||Miami, Florida|
|Ethnicity:||Mixed (Jamaican and African-American)|
|Net Worth:||USD 400 thousand (as of May 1, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapping, Songwriting, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 10″ (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||67 kg; In pounds: 147 lbs.|
Bobby Shmurda was born on August 4, 1994, in Miami, Florida, to Gervase Johnson and Leslie Pollard. His mother moved from Miami to East Flatbush, Brooklyn, after Shmurda’s father was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison. After his father was incarcerated, Shmurda and his brother were raised with his single mother and grandmother.
Bobby Shmurda experienced a rather troubled childhood in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was arrested on multiple occasions. At some point, he served 15 months in juvenile detention for probation violence. He was also arrested on illegal firearm possession but the charges were later dropped. In 2014, it emerged that Shmurda was a ring leader of a criminal enterprise known as GS9, which operated along Kings Highway to East Flatbush. The gang was deeply involved in drug trafficking, robberies, and disputes with other gangs. Many of these confrontations occasionally led to fatal shootouts.
Growing up, Bobby Shmurda always harbored musical ambitions. He decided to take music seriously in 2014 when he remixed the song “Knuck If You Buck” by Crime Mob. While he did not gain any attention from the song, Shmurda kept working on his musical ambitions. The same year, he released his own single, “Hot Nigga,” which went viral after it was uploaded on YouTube. He subsequently signed a recording deal with Epic Records and released the song as his official debut single.
“Hot Nigga” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart before being certified platinum a record five times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Shmurda also released the single “Bobby Bitch” and the EP Shmurda She Wrote in 2014. “Bobby Bitch” peaked at #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and $92 on the Billboard Hot 100, while ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ peaked at #79 on the Billboard 200 before being certified gold by RIAA.
Shmurda’s home run in the music industry suffered a major blow after he was arrested and charged with illegal firearm possession on June 3, 2014. He was released on a $10,000 cash bail. But on December 17, 2014, he was again arrested and charged alongside others with a conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and gun & drug possession. On September 2, 2016, Shmurda pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy as well as one count of illegal weapons possession. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and released on parole on February 23, 2021, after serving six of his seven-year sentence.
Bobby Shmurda’s Net Worth
As of May 1, 2021, Bobby Shmurda had a net worth of $400,000. That’s a far cry from what he could have been worth, had he not been incarcerated.
It’s worth noting that Shmurda made nearly his entire wealth in 2014. According to conservative estimates, the rapper would have easily made between $1 million and $2 million annually from 2014 to 2021 if he hadn’t been incarcerated and maintained his form.
So, it’s safe to assume that Shmurda lost up to $10 million in potential income during his incarceration.
Lessons from Bobby Shmurda
1. Keep on the straight and narrow even if doing so seems to be the least fashionable thing
Bobby Shmurda could have been far more successful than he is today if he only shunned gang life. Although the rapper has many years ahead of him to redeem himself, he certainly cannot recover the time he lost in prison owing to his criminal life.
2. Leave your mark by introducing new concepts
Shmurda and fellow rapper Rowdy Rebel are considered the pioneers of Brooklyn Drill music. Shmurda is also noted for his signature “Shmoney dance.”
3. Celebrate every milestone in a big way
After his release from prison, Bobby Shmurda got a lift in Quavo’s private jet that was reportedly filled with fine women. What a glamorous way to celebrate one’s release from prison!
Famous Quotes by Bobby Shmurda
“I don’t listen to what people say, people been talking about me since I was born.”
“I feel like a lot of niggas in the rap game ain’t do what I did in these streets and a lot of niggas in the streets ain’t do what I did in the rap game. I still feel like a lot of people don’t feel where we come from.”
“I want people to hear my story, they’re gonna feel my pain.”
“My pops is doing 120 years, I have friends doing life, I have niggas in the grave.”
“You know everybody has something to say. I’ll be worried when they say nothing.”
Bobby Shmurda is an American rapper and songwriter who gained recognition in 2014. However, his music career was interrupted after he was sentenced to seven years in prison on multiple felony counts. The talented Brooklyn-based rapper is presently out of jail on parole and is keen on picking up from where he left.