Lil Boosie Talks Freedom and Reaching 'Jay Z Status'

Louisiana rapper speaks to BET.com about "giving fans what they want to hear" with upcoming album.  

Posted: 03/18/2014 01:08 PM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Lil Boosie

Lil Boosie

Rap would be hard pressed to find an example of a redemption story quite like Lil Boosie's. 

Up until two weeks ago Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch was an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary where he had been since 2009 on a parole violation that escalated to capital murder, an acquittal in 2012, and a drug conviction to follow. While he was behind bars, the 31-year-old become a rap champion of sorts, and now that the "Free Boosie" movement can happily quell, the Louisiana native wants to lift himself to "Jay Z status," he tells BET.com. 

As the world learned from his press conference last week, Boosie has been pretty busy since he got out. A book, movie, and clothing line are all in the works, plus an album (he's already written over 1,000 songs), and collaborations with 2 Chainz, and T.I. 

Needless to say, the last several days have been packed.

"My time has basically [been] wit' my kids," he explains. "[Then] from five in the evening to three in the mooring, [I'm] in the studio, everyday/ I'm just working on my music, and catching up with my family and my kids."

Boosie's currently untitled release is his first studio LP in four years, and if he gets his way, one huge pop star will be attached. "We gon' get Justin Bieber on the album," assures the Trill Entertainment rapper. "It's gonna be a classic album."

Producing a memorable project doesn't add any pressure on Boosie's shoulders, but he has taken a few notes over the years. From what he's noticed, rap has been missing "realness" since he's been gone. Going a step further, he says there is too much focus on opulence.

"When I came home I turned on the radio it was like everything I hear is about money and millions of dollars, and bottles, and models, and things like that," Boosie notes."I don't hear people talking about single mothers, I don't hear people talking about kids trying to go to college and don't have the funds to go. I don't hear people talking about what's really going on in the neighborhoods, what's really going on period. You just really hear people mostly talking about themselves and what they got."

In the future, he aspires to spread out in different directions, like Hov has done with the Roc Nation record label, in addition to sports, film, and management ventures. Climbing up to Jay's level is a slow journey, and one that Bossie says he's ready for.

"I know it'll take a little time," he admits. "I'm from poverty, I'm never satisfied with anything I do. I'm just trying to stay focused and get to that status."

Acting (only if it comes with a huge paycheck), a move to Los Angeles, and much more is also in the cards, he said. "I'm just here to show the world that I make quality music. Big things are on the way with Boosie, just know that."

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