Hip-Hop

Bobby Shmurda Released From Prison After Six Years

Rapper Bobby Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Jean Pollard) was released from jail on Tuesday (Feb. 23) after doing six years of a seven-year sentence for conspiracy and weapons possession.

The conditional release from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility was confirmed via an inmate search and a statement from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision that read, "At approximately 8:30 this morning, Ackquille Pollard was conditionally released from Clinton Correctional Facility. Mr. Pollard will be under community supervision in Kings County until he completes his sentence on February 23, 2026.”

Shmurda's pal Quavo said he was planning to pick his friend up today, and indeed, he provided a ride in a private jet. "I'm going to get my guy," the Migos frontman told Billboard before Shmurda's release. "I'm personally gonna go pick up Bobby Shmurda. I'm bout to go get him. I'm gonna let him show you how I'm gonna pick him up, yessir."

The New York MC was originally arrested back in December 2014 alongside several of his GS9 crew, including rapper Rowdy Rebel, on conspiracy to murder, weapons possession and reckless endangerment charges. Shmurda ultimately took a plea deal for 4th-degree conspiracy and 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession charges, which resulted in the seven-year sentence.

The rapper was denied parole in September 2020 and was originally ordered to serve his maximum sentence, which would have kept him incarcerated until December 11, 2021; he will remain on parole until 2026. Prior to his arrest, Shmurda and Migos were working on a joint mixtape titled Shmigo Gang. Quavo then teased another collaboration in the stash at the end of 2019.