Lil Boosie

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Lil Boosie
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Lil Boosie in 2007
Background information
Birth name Torrence Hatch
Also known as Boosie Badazz
Born (1982-11-14) November 14, 1982 (age 31)
Origin Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Southern hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1998–present
Labels Trill, Bad Azz, Atlantic (current)
Asylum, Warner Bros. (former)
Associated acts C-Loc, Pimp C, Webbie, Foxx, LoLa Monroe, Trae tha Truth, C-Murder
Website BoosieJustice.com

Torrence Hatch (born November 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Boosie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1] Hatch was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family, and he was raised in southside Baton Rouge. He served time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary from 2009-2014, being sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to drug charges. He was released early on March 5, 2014.

Early life

Hatch was born and raised on W. Garfield St., a poor neighborhood in South Side Baton Rouge (SSB). It was notorious for drugs and violence, a place feared by the general population. Boosie grew up with his mom and dad who nicknamed him after the '70s funk legend, Bootsy Collins. Although being raised by both of his parents was a rarity in his neighborhood, Boosie still struggled with dysfunction inside and outside of his home. His father died when Boosie was young. Boosie started rapping on tracks near when he began high school. Boosie became very involved in basketball to stay off the streets while attending high school and was actually expected to move on to college level basketball, but his involvement with drugs got him expelled from school. After being expelled from school, Boosie became serious about his music. A mutual friend of Boosie and local rapper, C-Loc, introduced the two and gave him the opportunity to record his homemade raps in a professional studio.[2]

Music career

1998-2001: Camp Life & Youngest of tha Camp

Boosie became serious about his music, deciding to become a professional rapper. Lil Boosie teamed up with Baton Rouge rapper C-Loc in the late 1990s. He started off as the youngest member of the Concentration Camp at the age of only 14. Boosie joined the Concentration Camp group in 1998, after the release of the group's second studio album Concentration Camp II: Da Halocaust. He worked with rapper C-Loc and the Camp & made his debut on C-Loc's fifth album, It's a Gamble in 2000 under his old alias Boosie and Concentration Camp third studio album Camp III : Thug Brothas in 2000. Soon after, he released Youngest of da Camp, his debut album in 2000 on Camp Life Entertainment. The album quickly gained popularity, and was widely known in Baton Rouge. At the time of this album's recording, Boosie was only 17 years old. The album production was mostly handled by Happy Perez. The album featured C-Loc, Max Minelli & Donkey and more. After the incarceration, Boosie once again turned back to the streets. Ultimately, his behavior led to him also being incarcerated. The album sold 13, 000 units.

2001-2003: Trill Entertainment & For My Thugz

At this point, Boosie felt as though he was a failure. However, fate lent Boosie a hand, and Boosie had an opportunity to join an up-and-coming record label called Trill Entertainment which was backed by its CEO the late Pimp C of UGK in 2001. Trill signed Boosie and assisted him in bringing his legal issues to an end. Soon after, Trill independently released his debut album For My Thugz as his new alias Lil Boosie in 2002.[1] This release went on to sell over 15,000 copies. As of 2013, the album has sold 90,000 copies, according to Trill Entertainment. The album features Pimp C, Young Bleed, Webbie and more.

2003-2005: Ghetto Stories, Gangsta Muzik & Warner Bros.

Later in the summer of 2003, Pimp C teamed up Boosie to co-star with one of his label-mates, Webbie, on the album Ghetto Stories. The album also went on to sell well over 15,000 copies. As of 2013, the album has sold 120,000 units. In 2004, Lil Boosie & Webbie released Trill Azz Mixtape & Trill Azz Mixes II. They freestyled over the hottest songs of 2004. Boosie paired up again with Webbie, to release their second compilation album, Gangsta Musik. This is what really gained him popularity. According to Trill, the album sold 320,000 copies. Boosie’s talent was now undeniable, and he caught the eye of some Universal Music Group representatives. In 2004 Lil Boosie & South Coast Coalition released Both Sides of the Track. January 1, 2005 Boosie teamed up with Lava House Records to release United We Stand, Divided We Fall. He also released Street Code with Pat Lowrenzo. In 2005, Lil Boosie release Bad Ass (Advance) to promote Bad Azz. In late January 2005, Boosie signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records.[3]

2006–2008: Bad Azz and Survival of the Fittest

In early 2006, Trill released Bad Ass Mixtape Vol.1 as a follow-up to (Bad Ass Advance). In 2006, Boosie's major label debut album Bad Azz was released.[1] It contained the single "Zoom" featuring Yung Joc. A Bad Azz DVD followed where the rapper explained the death of his father due to drugs and his fight against diabetes. Late in the year, the Streetz Iz Mine mixtape appeared in cooperation with DJ Drama. In 2007, Lil Boosie released Bad Azz Mixtapes Vol.2. In 2007, Boosie & Webbie was on the remix of "Wipe Me Down" by rapper Foxx. It was put on the Trill Entertainment compilation album Survival of the Fittest, which was released in 2007. In 2008 Boosie released Da Beginning Mixtape. At Lil Boosie's 4th Of July Bash party, he passed out his new mixtape, 4th Of July Bash. In December 2008, Lil Boosie released Lil Boosie Presents: Da Click, which features Da Click consist of Hatch Boy, Locco, Quick and Bleek. It also popularized Lil Boosie's career. In 2008, Lil Boosie was featured on the single "Independent" by Webbie and was among several rappers to be featured on "Out Here Grindin" by DJ Khaled.

2009: Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz & Bad Azz Entertainment

In 2009 Boosie released The Return Of Mr. Wipe Me Down as a promotion mixtape to his second major album. In 2009, Lil Boosie released the follow up to Lil Boosie Presents: Da Click called Da Click: ''Street Kingz. In 2009, Lil Boosie released his second major album Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz. The first single from the album, "Better Believe It", featured Webbie and Young Jeezy. There were promotional music videos from the album such as "I'm a Dog" & "Loose as a Goose". Also in 2009, Lil Boosie had presented his debut label Bad Azz Entertainment. Lil Boosie released Thug Passion on his Bad Azz Entertainment label in 2009. Lil Boosie release Category 7: Bad Azz Hurricane with Hurricane Chris and Untouchable with LoLa Monroe. Lil Boosie also released The 25th Hours mixtape which on the interlude he speak on his prison term.

2010: Incarcerated

In 2010 Lil Boosie & C-Loc his former CEO release Unbreakable as a Compilation CD. As of 2010, Lil Boosie has announced while he is still in prison on charges of murder and conspiracy, and potentially facing the death penalty, he wants to move forward with his hip hop career. Boosie released his fourth studio album, Incarcerated, on September 28 on Asylum Records. According to MTV News, the project is almost entirely produced by B.J., although Mouse on Tha Track did some work on it as well. Webbie, Foxx and Lil Trill are among the featured guests.[4] Lil Boosie released Gone Til' December in 2010, which is a mixtape album consisting of new music. Bad Azz Entertainment released Should've Been My Beatz. Lil Boosie released 22504 with B.G.. In 2011 Quick release Hit After Hit 3 with Lil Boosie. In 2012 My Brother's Keeeper was released with Money Bagz & Quick. Also Under Investigation was released as a free download with Ray Vicks.

2013-present: Touchdown 2 Cause Hell

In January 2013 Lil Boosie spoke on his prison sentence and said,

"I have about 500 songs at the moment. I feel that I'm making the best music I've ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it's been crazy the last three years. I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn't even say it's Hip Hop music. My music is 'reality rap.' Hip Hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can't make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap"

On September 13, 2013 it was reported that judges related to his case agreed to return Lil Boosie, his hard drives and his computers. The equipment contains a lot of music he had recorded before going to jail, which could result in new music from him prior to his release. Jeff Weiss, who covered Boosie's trial for Rolling Stone, also reported that Boosie's attorneys believe that he will be released within the next five months.[5] On March 10, 2014, Lil Boosie will make his first comments to the public following his release from prison. During the press conference he will reveal his new record deal with Atlantic Records.[6] His first single released would be "Show Da World" with Webbie. In April 2014, he announced that his sixth studio album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell would be released on July 15, 2014.[7]

Bad Azz Entertainment

Bad Azz Entertainment
Founded 2008
Founder Lil Boosie (CEO)
Status Active
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Records
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Baton Rouge, LA

Bad Azz Entertainment is a record label founded by Lil Boosie. In 2008, Lil Boosie formed his own group, Da Click, then his imprint Bad Azz Entertainment in 2009. Bad Azz Entertainment also has a subsidiary that was started by Donkey named, Track Life Entertainment.

Current artists

Other ventures

Author

Lil Boosie also showed interest in releasing a memoir entitled "The Truth, No Lies".[19]

Legal troubles

On October 22, 2008, Lil Boosie was arrested after East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies found marijuana and a gun in Boosie's car. Boosie pled guilty to third-degree possession of marijuana on September 22, 2009 and was sentenced to two years in prison the next day.[20] Judge James Moore doubled the sentence on November 10 after finding Boosie had violated probation while awaiting sentencing. Between his plea and sentencing, Boosie was electronically monitored and placed under house arrest.[21]

On June 17, 2010 Lil Boosie was indicted on federal charges on first-degree murder of Terry Boyd.[22] He also faces charges for three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics (Schedule II-Codeine, Schedule I-Ecstasy and Schedule I-Marijuana), three counts of "conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics", and two counts of "conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution".[22] He has stated that he is innocent of these charges.[23] District Attorney Hillar Moore stated that the killing seemed to be "over turf". If convicted, Lil Boosie may face the death penalty. Prosecutors have stated that they believe the rapper may have been involved in at least five other murders.[24] On June 28, Lil Boosie entered a not-guilty plea in a Louisiana court room. While Boosie's defense addressed the fact that the rapper has several ongoing cases, they emphasized that he is not a murderer.[25]

On November 29, 2011, Lil Boosie was sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to the drug charges.[26] On May 11, 2012, a jury found Lil Boosie not guilty of the first degree murder.[27]

On December 7, 2012 after it seemed Lil Boosie was to remain in prison for 7 more years due to drug charges, Lil Boosie's attorneys were able to argue that the drug ring charge was a set up. This was because the informant offered to provide codeine syrup for Lil Boosie, an admitted codeine addict, in exchange for his help.[28]

On December 19, 2013, it was revealed Boosie will be released from prison on August 18, 2014.[29] However, the following day his brother/manager revealed that the release date had been pushed up to February 2014.[30] Then on January 29, 2014, it was confirmed that Boosie had his final hearing on February 13, 2014, and he would be released during the following week.[31] He was then released on March 5, 2014.[32] He will remain on parole until 2018.[33]

Personal life

Lil Boosie grew up without a father figure in his life, as his father was murdered while he was a child. His mother is Jacquelyn Hatch. He is married to Walnita Decuir-Hatch. The couple have three children: Torrence Hatch, Jr., Ivyana Hatch, and Tarlaysia Hatch.[34] Shortly after Bad Azz was released, Boosie announced that he had diabetes.[1] On March 9, 2013 while incarcerated it was announced that Lil Boosie had earned his GED certificate.[35]

Discography

Studio albums
Collaboration Albums

Filmography

Films

Awards

  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008: Club Banger of the Year ("Independent") (Won)
    • 2007: Best Rap Album (Bad Azz) (Nominated)
    • 2007: Best Breakthrough Artist (Won)

References

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  8. ^ https://twitter.com/iamdonk
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/LoccoBadAzz
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/BadAzzHatchBoy
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/MoneyBagzBadAzz
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/Quick_BadazzEnt
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/BIG_WAYNEBADAZZ
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/TheRealYoungKT
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/reeupbadazzent
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/Gigabyte09
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/itzleebanks
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/Boosie_Boyz
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  37. ^ http://www.mtv.com/artists/c-loc/discography/365036/

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