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Bobby Shmurda

Bobby Shmurda

Ackquille Jean Pollard (born August 4, 1994),[2] known professionally as Bobby Shmurda, is an American rapper. He signed a deal with Epic Records after his track "Hot N*gga" peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. [3][4]

On December 18, 2014, New York City Police arrested Shmurda, and he was charged with murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment.[5][6] In 2016, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison, which was reduced to five years after receiving credit for the two years he already served awaiting trial.[7]

Bobby Shmurda
Birth nameAckquille Jean Pollard
Born(1994-08-04)August 4, 1994
New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Associated acts
  • Jahlil Beats
  • Rowdy Rebel
  • Uncle Murda

Early life

Bobby Shmurda was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother had moved up to East Flatbush from Florida after his father's incarceration.[8]

Shmurda had run-ins with the law while living in Brooklyn, to include fifteen months spent in detention for probation violation and being arrested on gun charges that were later dropped.[1] According to his 2014 indictment, Shmurda was the ringleader of a criminal enterprise called "GS9" that regularly got into disputes with criminal gangs, was responsible for murders and non-fatal shootings, and engaged in drug trafficking[9] along Kings Highway to East Flatbush.[10]


The first song that he remixed was Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck";[8] however, he did not receive any notable attention until 2014, with the release of his song "Hot Nigga".[1] The song uses the instrumental from Lloyd Banks' 2012 song "Jackpot".[11] The song and its accompanying music video went viral shortly after being uploaded to YouTube in the spring of 2014.[8] Shmurda's signature "Shmoney dance", which he performs in the video, soon became an internet meme and was featured in numerous popular Vines from the latter half of 2014;[12] it was also replicated by Beyoncé and Jay-Z during their On the Run Tour[13] and by Canadian rapper Drake while hosting the 2014 ESPY Awards, among other celeberties.[14][15] Freestyles over the instrumental were made by a number of rappers after its release, including Juicy J,[16] French Montana,[17] Lil' Kim,[18] Gunplay,[19] and T.I.[20] Following the song's viral success, Shmurda was signed to Epic Records, and the song was officially released as his debut single under Epic.[21] The song topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The music video received over 490 million views on YouTube as of November 2018.[22] The song's official remix—featuring guest vocals from Fabolous, Chris Brown, Jadakiss, Rowdy Rebel, Busta Rhymes, and Yo Gotti—was released on September 4, 2014.[12][23] A reggae remix of the song was also released in August 2014 that featured Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan, and Jah X.[24]

Shmurda's debut studio album with Epic Records was scheduled for release in 2016, being executively produced by Jahlil Beats.[11] It was postponed, however, due to his imprisonment.

Shmurda freestyled for rapper Meek Mill in February 2017 and claimed that he was still writing music while in prison, indicating that he was preparing music for his eventual release.[25]

While incarcerated, he featured on fellow rapper 6ix9ine's single "Stoopid", released on October 5, 2018,[26][27] phoning in his verses over the prison telephone.

On June 3, 2014, Shmurda was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. Police claim they saw him flashing the gun in an apartment and when they went to investigate, he tried to hide it in a couch. He was set free on $10,000 bail.[28] On December 17, 2014, police arrested Pollard and 14 others, including his brother Javese and his fellow GS9 label-mate Rowdy Rebel.[6] Police charged Shmurda with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession; charges against the others included murder, attempted murder, assault, and drug dealing.[5] Shmurda pleaded not guilty and was held on $2 million bail.[29] Police said they had been investigating the gang for murder and shooting indiscriminately at crowds in public places long before Shmurda rose to fame. Police said Shmurda was "the driving force" in a gang also known as GS9 (standing for "Grimey Shooters," "Gun Squad" or "G Stone Crips."),[30] the name of his label, as they dealt crack and waged deadly battles with rival gangs for territory. He faced a maximum sentence of 8–25 years.[31]

James Essig, head of the NYPD unit that made the arrests, said Shmurda's songs and videos were "almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street."[31] In his song "Hot Nigga", Shmurda rapped that "I been selling crack since like the fifth grade" because "Jaja taught me"; Shmurda also rapped about his crew's past and future murders.[32] Shmurda has asserted that the lyrics represent his real life in several interviews, though the Supreme Court of New Jersey recently ruled that lyrics cannot be read at trial as evidence unless they have a "strong nexus" to a specific crime.[5] During his jail time, Pollard was involved in a suspected Bloods vs. Crips related fight.[33]

Between late June and early July 2015, the rapper, along with his ex-girlfriend, were caught by officials having smuggled a knife into Rikers Island jail.[34] The two were both charged with two counts of promoting contraband, in addition to one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, then that could result in an additional seven-year sentence. Pollard appeared in the Bronx Supreme Court to face his charges of prison contraband plus 25 years for his previous charge in late 2014. He and his ex-girlfriend pleaded not guilty to the contraband charge, but Shmurda was still facing a maximum sentence of 25 years for the drug and gun charges.[35][36]


On September 2, 2016, as part of a plea deal, Pollard pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Under the deal, Pollard cannot appeal the sentence, but will be given credit for two years served, leaving five years left on his sentence, followed by five years of probation.[37] His lawyer Alex Spiro expects that with good behavior, Pollard will only serve approximately three and a half years.[38] In early 2017, Pollard was given a four-year sentence for sneaking a prison shank into his cell. The sentence will run concurrently to his ongoing seven-year sentence, meaning he will not face any additional prison time.[39] Shmurda has a parole hearing scheduled for August 2020 and his conditional release date is scheduled to be December 11, 2020.[40]


Shmurda has been engaged in numerous incidents while incarcerated. In May 2015, Shmurda got in a brawl that included members from the Bloods and Crips street gangs.[41] In November 2016, Shmurda was involved in a brawl between several inmates that led to his losing phone privileges for an unnamed period of time and being sent to solitary confinement for a month.[42]

Images of Shmurda while incarcerated surfaced online after three years served of a five-year plea deal.[43]



List of mixtapes, with year released
TitleAlbum details
Shmoney Shmurda (with GS9)[44]
  • Released: July 8, 2014
  • Label: GS9
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: GS9, Shmurdaville
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays

List of extended plays
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US Rap
Shmurda She Wrote7975


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US Rap
"Hot N*gga"20146113416174Shmurda She Wrote
"Bobby Bitch"922521
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"How Can I Lose"
(YT Triz featuring Bobby Shmurda)
2014Tales from Crime Hill
"Body Dance"
(Uncle Murda featuring Bobby Shmurda)
non-album single
(Rowdy Rebel featuring Bobby Shmurda)
Shmoney Shmurda
(Chinx featuring Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel)
non-album single
(6ix9ine featuring Bobby Shmurda)
201825152234Dummy Boy

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Hit Em Hard"2014The Game, Freddie Gibbs, SkemeBlood Moon: Year of the Wolf
"24 Hours (Remix)"TeeFLii, Ty Dolla $ignN/A
"On My Way"Rich The Kid, Rowdy RebelRich Than Famous
"Celebration"Shy GlizzyLaw 3: Now or Never
"Block Boy"Foolie Tha Prince, Gusto Tha AnimalN/A
"Shmoney Never Stop"2015MigosMigo Lingo
"Right Now"2016Rowdy Rebel, French MontanaShmoney Keeps Calling
"She All About Her Shmoney"Rowdy Rebel, Too $hort
"Time Ticking"Juelz Santana, Dave East, Rowdy RebelN/A


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