Back in 2014, Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel shook the rap scene with their smash hits, "Hot N*gga" and "Computers." Unfortunately, the entire GS9 crew caught gun and drug charges later that year. The bail was set at $2 million, but Epic was not willing to make the payment. However, last week, both rappers took a plea deal which will allow them to serve seven years including the time served so far (they've already done two). This means that they will only have five years left in prison, and maybe less with good behavior. Bobby and Rebel both hopped on the phone with Complex to talk about their pleas, how they 're currently feeling and hopes for the future. Check out the full interview here and some highlights below.
You guys just took a plea deal and could be out in a few years. What's next for you?
Rowdy Rebel: Basically right now, we get our minds right, our bodies right, our souls right. We’re putting together a couple of mixtapes for the streets to stay relevant. Me and Bobby have one called The Last of the Real, it’s going to be like 11 songs. I’m going to drop Shmoney Keep Calling Pt. 2 soon. Apart from that, we’ve got a couple new artists, some friends that we’re going to promote while we in here, that have a couple songs out there. My boy Chase Hound, who’s currently locked up, but he’ll be home by April. My little brother Fetty Luciano, he’s currently locked up, but he’ll be home in like 10 months. Right now we’re just staying positive. It ain’t over; we’ll be out in like three-and-a-half. We don’t want anyone giving up hope on us.
How is your relationship with Epic now? Why didn't the label bail you out?
RR: The situation with Epic is the reality: We made our own bed and got to lay in it. 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.
Bobby Shmurda: It’s business. These people are going to look at you a certain way when these charges come up.
Yeah, and if they had bailed you out you wouldn’t have had time served.
RR: We could've had a better chance fighting it from outside. I would’ve had people in my corner, getting to know the real me. I didn’t get enough of a chance to talk to the people. We're in Manhattan and when it’s time to pick the jurors, it’s all Wall Street, Broadway people. I’m not that connected to those people; they don’t get to see me do good for any people. This might as well be another kid from the ghetto, rapping about this and that. You feel what I’m saying?
BS: If we made bail I would’ve beat the case. We look guilty in these orange jumpsuits. If you put Al Sharpton in a orange jumpsuit and accuse him of having a gun, he’s going to be found guilty. They just look at our skin color, and look at where we’re from. I didn’t get caught with anything on me and the cops lied, saying they seen me with a gun in my hand. I explained the whole situation to Epic and they were behind me all the way. We had big-money lawyers and they still couldn’t do nothing because of the judge, who looked at us like black thugs.
RR: At the end of the day, I still don’t hold them responsible for nothing. I’m here, I’m alive, I’m breathing, I’m going to go home real soon. And we’re going to go right back to where we came from. We’ve got some new dance moves. Look out for that mixtape coming soon. It’s going to come out around Halloween, and we’re gon’ turn up.