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Bobby Shmurda's Streams Up 624% Since Prison Release

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Bobby Shmurda photographed on Feb. 23, 2021.

The rapper was released from prison Feb. 23 after six years.

U.S. on-demand streams of Bobby Shmurda's catalog are up 624% since the rapper's release from prison Feb. 23, according to MRC Data.

On Feb. 22, when news of Shmurda's pending release broke, and Feb. 23, the day it occurred, Shmurda's music as a lead artist totaled 3.7 million U.S. on-demand streams, up 624% from the previous two-day period, Feb. 20-21, when his streams totaled 507,000.

His streams jumped 264% from 288,000 on Feb. 21 to 1.1 million on Feb. 22. They then surged by 150% to 2.6 million on Feb. 23, the day of his release.

The biggest song by Shmurda in the most recently available two-day tracking period is "Hot N---a," also known as "Hot Boy," which received 2.2 million streams Feb. 22-23, up 340% from 491,000 on Feb. 20-21. "Bobby Bitch" follows with a 965% increase from 95,000 streams on Feb. 20-21 to 1 million on Feb. 22-23.

Both songs mark Shmurda's only Billboard Hot 100 appearances as a lead artist. "Hot N---a" peaked at No. 6 on the chart dated Nov. 22, 2014, while "Bobby Bitch" hit No. 92 the following week. In his lone other visit, he reached No. 25 in October 2018 as featured on 6ix9ine's "Stoopid."

More gains may be reflected on Billboard charts dated March 6, which cover the streaming tracking week of Feb. 19-25.

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Shmurda (born Ackquille Pollard) was released from prison Feb. 23 after serving six years, most recently in New York's Clinton Correctional Facility, for multiple charges, including conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession.