Still locked up at the Manhattan Detention Complex and awaiting trial next month, Bobby Shmurda continues to maintain his innocence.
“I’m innocent,” he tells New York Magazine in the new May 4 issue. “I’ll explain it to all of them. I’m just a young black kid coming from a nasty neighborhood. I made it out, and a lot of people don’t want to see that."
Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, was charged with everything from weapons possession to conspiracy to commit murder and possession of drug paraphernalia last December. He was given a whopping $2 million bail.
"It was so crazy with the police,” Shmurda says. “There’s people with 10 murders that got $500,000 bail, and I’m not even on an attempted murder.”
The "Hot N***a" rapper added: “I’m guilty for where I live. I was never part of no gang. That’s just because of the neighborhood. You don’t even have to be in the gang to be in the gang. You can probably just grow up in the neighborhood, you part of the gang already.”
Shmurda and his lawyer Kenneth Montgomery also came down hard on Epic — the record label that he's signed to — for not stepping up and posting the $200,000 bond that would allow the rapper to get out before his trial starts in June.
“Epic is telling me it’s not because of them, it’s ’cause of Sony,” Shmurda said of the reason the label hasn't posted his bond. “But I don’t know. I felt like if I’d have signed with Rick Ross or signed to 50 Cent, they’d have come and got me. They’d understand me more.”
Montgomery added about Epic: “It is quite off to me why they aren’t helping him. But I guarantee once he’s out, they’ll be all over him, trying to make more money from him.”
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