Rapper Lil Boosie has spoken out for the first time since his release from prison, revealing he is ready to head back into the studio after writing more than 1,000 songs while behind bars. Last Wednesday (05Mar14), the hip-hop star was freed after five years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, is eager to get back in the rap game with fresh material.
In New Orleans on Monday (10Mar14), Boosie held his first press conference since his release and opened up about how his time in jail affected him and the future of his career.
With family and friends including fellow rappers Bun B, Young Jeezy and Webbie in the audience, he said, "I really got a lot of stories to tell about my life and what my family went through. That just made me a stronger person who knows I can't be slipping. I gotta do right.
"I feel like the music I got, the rap game wide open for me to take over. What I been hearing these last four days on the radio, it’s different from my music... And different brings greatness. I just feel I stand alone in the music industry. That's how I think I'll stay on top."
Boosie already has his sights set on working popular artists, including a singer who's been faced with his own legal troubles over the past few months - Justin Bieber.
The star divulged, "I got a hit (song) for Justin Bieber, and I just got music. I just got good, quality street music."
In total, he wrote 1,018 songs while in prison and has been in the studio every night since his release working on a new album.
Rapper Lil Boosie celebrated his release from prison on Wednesday night (05Mar14) by sharing a new song with his fans. The hip-hop star was freed after five years behind bars at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, was so eager to get back to his rap game that he recorded a new track - during the car ride home from jail.
Boosie posted a video on YouTube.com, titled The Ride Home, which featured him sitting in the backseat of a car, while freestyling about his new-found freedom.
In the 54 second clip, he raps, "Labelled me Scarface, Al Capone and Larry Hoover/You and I know it was damn wrong how they judged Boosie.
"Man just trying to take off these jail clothes... Shackled down from my feet to my hands/ Missing my kids, man, a feeling only I can explain... Get back to doing what I was doing with my money machine. Ching, ching."
Representatives at his label Atlantic Records have confirmed Boosie will be making his first official public statement on Monday (10Mar13), during an event in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rapper Lil Boosie is a free man after he was released from prison on Wednesday night (05Mar14). The hip-hop star, real name Torrence Hatch, left the Louisiana State Penitentiary after nearly five years behind bars.
Angola State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain confirmed to local news station WAFB that Hatch was released from custody and transferred to a nearby sheriff's department facility, where family members were waiting for his arrival.
Representatives from his label Atlantic Records have announced the 31 year old will speak at a media event in New Orleans on Monday (10Mar14).
The Baton Rouge native has been incarcerated since 2009 following a drug and gun possession conviction, but he was handed an additional eight-year sentence for attempting to smuggle codeine syrup into jail on three separate occasions.
Hatch went on to beat a first-degree murder charge in 2012 after he was found not guilty of hiring a hitman to kill a fellow rap rival.
His release date has changed a number of times over the past few months, after his brother and manager, Taquari Hatch, revealed the star would be out in August (14). The date was consequently moved up to 13 February (14) after he successfully completed a substance abuse course behind bars.
Hatch, who also obtained his high school diploma while behind bars last year (13), will remain on parole until 2018.
Kendrick Lamar has defended fellow rapper Macklemore after the Thrift Shop hitmaker came under attack for showing fans an apology text he had sent his pal following the Grammy Awards in January (14). The Seattle, Washington native hit headlines after sharing a screengrab of his text messages to Lamar, who had lost out on four hip-hop honours, including Best Rap Album, to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
His remorseful text read: "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and it sucks that I robbed you... Anyway you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music."
Macklemore subsequently faced a backlash from rap fans online, and was even attacked by Drake in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in which he branded the move "cheap".
But Lamar insists he appreciated the support and claims just being nominated for music's biggest night was an honour.
Addressing the controversy for the first time, he tells Billboard magazine, "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude.
"However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people's souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole Grammy moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot."
Kanye West brought his North American tour to a close on Sunday night (23Feb14) by duetting with a fan. The rapper closed the North American leg of his Yeezus shows at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York in front of an audience which included his fiancee Kim Kardashian and members of her famous family.
West, who launched the concerts in October (13), marked his final night on the road by signing his microphone with the words "From Yeezus - last show" and handing it to a fan in the audience.
He then let the young man, who was sporting a 'Yeezus' tattoo on his chest, rap the final verse of his track Bound 2 to end the tour.
West is taking his tour to Australia later this year (14).
The much-hyped late shift finally happened this week when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted on Monday night. The people have spoken and the verdict was Jimmy Fallon's first week was a resounding succcess. Catch the highlights of Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight Show, as well as a few memorable moments from the rest of the late night shows down below.
Dough Stacks McGeePayday, as well as a walking caravan of celebrities, arrived a little early on Fallon's debut night. Thanks to an alleged bet made to "a buddy," Fallon made over $1,000 in just a few minutes. Oh, the perks of hosting The Tonight Show.
On Origin of Hip-HopWatch Will Smith and Fallon go through all the hip-hop dances throughout the years – and realize why the "cabbage patch" and "stanky leg" have gone the way of the dinosaur.
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The First Lady of the "Ew!"-S-AFirst Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to the teenage show "Ew!" And although this is stating the obvious, Will Ferrell makes one ugly woman.
Anchor's DelightOnce again, Fallon spliced together clips of NBC newsman Brian Williams to sound like he's rapping and it's the best one yet.
The Luger Who Cried WolfJimmy Kimmel fooled everyone again, with a little bit of help from American luger Kate Hansen.
Go FigureWatching Will Ferrell skip and prance as a figure skater in black tights is something nobody can unsee. But it's still better than him dressed in drag.
The Hug CamBy slowing down sports footage, Jimmy Kimmel proves that most sports are just excuses for men to hug other men.
Rapping Up the WeekFallon saved Friday night for his unofficial guest host, Justin Timberlake, and they taught everyone a valuable history lesson on rap.
Justin Timberlake bounced back from a bad cold to help Jimmy Fallon end his first week as host of America's The Tonight Show on Friday night (21Feb14). Timberlake, who postponed a show in New York earlier this week (beg17Feb14) after falling sick, joined the comedian for one of their now-famous history of rap performances. The two friends ripped through hip-hop hits made famous by Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Warren G, the Beastie Boys, Jay Z and Tone Loc, backed by Fallon's house band The Roots.
Actor Terrence Howard is reuniting with his The Butler director Lee Daniels to star in his forthcoming TV drama series. The filmmaker is set to make his small screen debut with Empire, and he has tapped Oscar nominee Howard to lead the cast as rap label boss Lucious Lyon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project will be Howard's second big TV project - he will also feature in M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines series, which will premiere in the U.S. in July (14). Both shows will air on America's Fox network.
Rap boss Bryan 'Birdman' Williams celebrated his 45th birthday in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday night (15Feb14) in style by throwing a $500,000 (GBP312,500) party featuring naked models and his $7 million (GBP4.4 million) luxury car collection. The Cash Money Records mogul rented out a private venue, which he renamed Birdman's New Era Voodoo Lounge, and invited hundreds of models to serve as eye candy for the big bash.
But the stunners weren't the main attraction at the party - Birdman shipped in his supercars from Miami and his red Bugatti, white Bugatti, Maybachs, and three tour buses were on show for the rap elite and top basketball stars, in town for the NBA All-Star Game, to ogle.
Prior to the big event, the rap mogul told TMZ.com, "It's going to be epic."
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It sure is lonely at the top.
That's a fact that Jay Leno has come to learn as he prepares to take his final bow as host of The Tonight Show. While applause will echo through the Burbank studio as his show wraps for the last time, that same sentiment certainly won't be echoed throughout Internet message boards and dank comedy clubs across the country. There, people are celebrating his departure from NBC like he's late night's version of Joseph Stalin.
Leno, who has hosted the Tonight Show for the past 19 years, isn't being given his due; the public opinion about his exit is sounding less like "Good job" and more like "Good riddance." The entirety of the Internet has entered a chorus of "Ding-dong, the Witch is dead!" as Leno's final show nears and the land of late night enters its happily ever after with Jimmy Fallon at the head. But should Leno's tenure really have such a tarnished legacy?
Obviously those 19 years didn't always go smoothly. Even the inception of his hosting duties were mirred in controversy: Leno was chosen over David Letterman when Johnny Carson left the post in 1992. Even with the rough beginnings, Leno was able to steer the Tonight Show admirably in an increasingly populated sea of late night programs. As the sun sets on Leno's time as host, he still remains the one ratings bright spot that NBC has, as the rest of the network struggles to come up with a real viewership bump in any category besides late night.
Of course, there was also the Conan O'Brien incident of 2009. While Leno doesn't come away spotless in the whole situation, he doesn't deserved to be dragged through the mud because of NBC's terrible decision making.
Broad has become a dirty word in the comedy world, and people have derided Leno for painting with the widest brush possible. yes, Leno's comedy is simple and quick, and easy to grasp and understand, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. There's a reason that Leno dominated late night for the overwhelming majority of the time he was there. He captured an audience that loved the jokes he told. An even as you might snark through another rendition of "Headlines," or change the channel during another round of "Jaywalking," there is a whole section of America that feels like it's being directly spoken to. Jay Leno filled a need, and The Tonight Show, the populist institution that it is, needed to be broad enough to touch as many people as possible. Middle America needed their champion too.
So even though Leno wasn't everyone's cup of tea, and he certainly wasn't mine, he still deserves a round of applause. He continued the legacy of The Tonight Show admirably, even though his reign as host wasn't always the smoothest, He still deserves a round of applause.