After accepting a plea deal earlier this month that could have him serving up to seven years in prison, rapper Bobby Shmurda and his GS9 cohort Rowdy Rebel spoke with Complex about taking the deal, how they are spending their time behind bars and the hip-hop takeover they are plotting upon their release.
Shmurda (real name Ackquille Jean Pollard) was arrested in December 2014 at New York's Quad Studios on gun, conspiracy and drug charges at the height of his success with his 2014 breakout hit "Hot Boy." He said he accepted the seven-year deal to help lessen his co-defendant Rebel's sentence. "I did it for Rowdy. They offered me five [years] and offered Rowdy 12," he said. "They said the only way they’ll give him seven is if I took seven, too. So, you know, I had to take one for the dawgs." Rebel (born Chad Marshall) and other co-defendant Nicholas McCoy also accepted the deal.
Rebel and Shmurda then spoke of their relationship with Epic Records after the label did not pay the $2 million bail. "The situation with Epic is the reality: We made our own bed and got to lay in it," said Rebel. "We did expect for them to help us and get us out, but from my knowledge it wasn’t on Epic to bail us out, it was Sony, because Epic’s under Sony. So when it came to it, Epic was willing to do it, but Sony had to sign off the checks to get us out and they didn’t want to sign. I don’t hold no one responsible for nothing." Shmurda added, "It’s business. These people are going to look at you a certain way when these charges come up."