Bobby Shmurda’s high-profile incarceration started almost two years ago and was somewhat resolved earlier this month when he accepted a plea deal of seven years with time served, cutting it to just over five years with probation attached at the end.
Shmurda and many of the members of the GS9 crew — including Rowdy Rebel — who were all arrested at the same time had been sitting in jail for the two years without a trial while lawyers tried to work out a plea deal for everyone involved. While it was disappointing Shmurda was forced to take a deal of seven years, it turns out he was offered a bit less.
In an interview with Complex, Shmurda said he was offered five years while Rowdy Rebel was offered 12. He chose to add two more years onto his sentence so Rowdy could get five knocked off his, giving them the same sentence.
“You know, I had to take one for the dawgs,” Shmurda said.
The Brooklyn rapper is confident he would’ve beat the charges had he been bailed out.
“We look guilty in these orange jumpsuits,” he told Complex. “If you put Al Sharpton in a orange jumpsuit and accuse him of having a gun, he’s going to be found guilty. They just look at our skin color, and look at where we’re from. I didn’t get caught with anything on me and the cops lied, saying they seen me with a gun in my hand. I explained the whole situation to Epic and they were behind me all the way. We had big-money lawyers and they still couldn’t do nothing because of the judge, who looked at us like black thugs.”
It was reported when Shmurda accepted the deal, he should be out in three years based on good behavior. He reiterated those beliefs in the interview: “Should be home in about three years. This shit ain’t about nothin’.”
Rowdy and Shmurda used the remainder of the interview to discuss the corruptness of the case and of the court system in New York City and America, their futures in rapping, the daily routine in jail, what they’re listening to now and more.
Read the full interview on Complex.