Bobby Shmurda was reportedly released from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on Feb. 23 after serving roughly six years behind bars. According to TMZ, he walked out of prison around 8:30 a.m. local time, 10 months ahead of his scheduled release date. However, Shmurda will remain on parole until 2026.
The 26-year-old Brooklyn native, real name Ackquille Pollard, was arrested in 2014. He later took a plea deal and was sentenced to seven years in prison on weapons and conspiracy charges.
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As Quavo and friends greeted him with a private jet to ride home in style, the 26-year-old also walked out to some new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with “Hot N*gga” jumping from platinum to 5x-platinum. The anthem was only certified platinum when he was arrested in late 2014 and didn’t receive any updates while Shmurda was behind bars. The Brooklyn rapper’s Shmurda She Wrote debut EP is now certified gold while project standout “Bobby Bitch” went platinum this week as well.
One of the first calls Shmurda received when stepping outside Clinton Correctional was a FaceTime from his mother Leslie Pollard. The reuniting footage saw Pollard getting emotional seeing her son free again. Also, his Instagram followers went from 900,000 to 3.2 million in less than 24 hours. As of Feb. 25, the Brooklyn-bred rapper currently sits at 3.9 million followers.
Revisit Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” below.