Lil Boosie Talks Jail, Staying Sober, and the Movie That He's Making About Himself
Lil Boosie, the purported inventor of ratchet, recently got out of prison after serving four years of an eight-year drug sentence. And he has emerged a humbled man.
These days, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper spends most of his time in the studio or with his Boosie family. He also lives a newly intoxicant-free, fairly non-ratchet lifestyle.
Surprisingly or not, the reformed, self-described Bad Azz is bigger than ever. And he's just embarked on a summer tour to hype upcoming release, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, which he has boasted is the best double album since Tupac's All Eyez on Me.
The other day, we here at Crossfade caught up with Boosie to discuss jail, staying sober, and the movie that he's making about himself.
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Crossfade: Since the time you went into jail and came out, people have really embraced your music. Do you see yourself as an icon now?
Lil Boosie: I think so. If you go back to the hood in America, I think most of them look at me like an icon. An icon is somebody they wanna be. Somebody who can relate to everything that they're going through at the time. So, I'm definitely an icon.
Can you talk about how it feels to go back on stage now?
Well, I just get so excited to go back on. I enjoy what I do. I like the money and I like getting up there to perform for my fans. They're all excited about me coming home. That gives me the motivation to be ready and go out and perform and do my thing.
What about your family? Do they see you as an icon? Have they embraced your Boosie music?
Yeah, there's always Lil Boosie music around here. My family, my kids, everybody's supported me.
You've said that a lot of rap lyrics are either about struggling or balling. Are you struggling or balling right now?
I was saying that, mostly in rap, they talk about money. And I've known struggle, man. And not nobody really talking about that. I always talk about the have-nots. So that puts me in my own lane. I can talk about all types of different issues. I'm known for talking about the struggle.
You've compared your upcoming release, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, to Tupac's All Eyez on Me. What do you think a modern rap album needs to become a classic?
It has to be different. It has to be heartfelt. It's gotta have songs on it that just grab you. And I'm not talking about just radio songs. I mean songs that you have to listen to.
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