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Bobby Shmurda
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Background information
Birth nameAckquille Jean Pollard
Born (1994-08-04) August 4, 1994 (age 27)
Florida, U.S.[1]
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.[2]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2014–present
LabelsGS9, Epic Records
Associated actsGS9

Ackquille Jean Pollard[2] (born August 4, 1994),[3] known by his stage name Bobby Shmurda, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, signed to Epic Records. He is best known for his song "Hot Nigga", (released in July 2014) a song that debuted the "Shmoney dance," which went viral after the release of the music video.[4] The song has so far peaked at 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the song being remixed and performed by numerous other artists including Lil' Kim, French Montana, Juicy J, and Gunplay. On December 17, 2014, New York City Police arrested him, alleging that he was the ringleader of a Crips gang known as GS9, the same as his label, which shot indiscriminately into public crowds and murdered a member of a rival gang.[5] Pollard was charged with for conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment as part of a 15-person, 69-count indictment that included his brother Javese and fellow GS9 label-mate Rowdy Rebel.[6] Shmurda pled not guilty.[7]

Early life

Shmurda was born in Florida the youngest of two sons born to a Jamaican father and Trinidadian mother.[1] He moved to Brooklyn, New York after his father was incarcerated, living in East Flatbush.[8] Shmurda also has had run-ins with the law, including spending 15 months in detention for probation violation as well as being arrested on a gun charge that was later dropped.[1]

Career

Shmurda began rapping at the age of 10. The first song he remixed was Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck" in 2004,[8] but did not receive any notable attention until 2014 with the release of the song "Hot Nigga".[1][9] The song features the beat from the Lloyd Banks' song "Jackpot".[10] Shmurda gained notoriety from the video where he performs the "Shmoney dance", choreography that he made in the summer of 2013.[8] The song became popular among Vine users and soon led to the "Shmoney dance" meme,[11] which has since been performed by Beyoncé on her On the Run Tour with Jay-Z,[12] as well being used by Drake while hosting the 2014 ESPY Awards.[13][14] Freestyles of the song by various rappers have since been released, including by Juicy J,[15] French Montana,[16] Lil' Kim,[17] Gunplay[18] and T.I..[19] The song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Rap Digital chart[20] with a remix of the song featuring Chris Brown, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes having been released in 2014.[11] In July 2014, Shmurda performed with Meek Mill and later signed a recording deal with Epic Records. On August 29, 2014, Shmurda released a reggae remix featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X. On September 5, 2014, another remix of "Hot Nigga" notably featuring Chris Brown, Fabolous, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes was released.[11][25] Shmurda's debut album with Epic Records is scheduled for release in 2015. The album is said to be produced by Jahlil Beats.

Legal issues

On June 3, 2014, Pollard was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. The New York City Police claim that they saw him flashing the gun in an apartment, which he attempted to hide in a couch upon investigation.[21] He was set free on $10,000 bail. On December 17, 2014, police arrested Pollard and 14 others, including his brother Javese and his fellow GS9 musician Rowdy Rebel.[22] Police charged Shmurda with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and gun possession; charges against the others included murder, attempted murder, assault, and drug dealing.[5] Shmurda pled not guilty and was held on $2 million bail. 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, the name of his label, as they dealt crack and waged deadly battle with rival gangs for territory. He faces a maximum sentence of 8-25 years.[23] 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." [24] 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.[25] Shmurda has asserted that the lyrics represent his real life in several interviews.[5]

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap
Shmurda She Wrote 79 7 5

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Shmoney Shmurda (With GS9)[27]
  • Released: July 08, 2014
  • Label: GS9
  • Format: Digital download
Shmigo Gang (With Migos)
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: TBA
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[28]
US
R&B

[29]
US
Rap

[30]
CAN
[31]
FRA
[32]
UK
[33]
"Hot Nigga" 2014 6 1 1 34 161 74 Shmurda She Wrote
"Bobby Bitch" 92 25 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Hit Em Hard" 2014 The Game, Freddie Gibbs, Skeme Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf
"24 Hours (Remix)" TeeFLii, Ty Dolla $ign
"On My Way" Rich The Kid, Rowdy Rebel Rich Than Famous
"Celebration" Shy Glizzy Law 3: Now Or Never
"Bodies" Chinx Drugz, Rowdy Rebel N/A
"Computers" Rowdy Rebel Shmoney Shmurda
"How Can I Lose" YT Triz Tales From Crime Hill
"Block Boy" Foolie Tha Prince, Gusto Tha Animal N/A

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Bobby Shmurda's one Hot Nigga". Jamaica Observer. August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.bet.com/topics/b/bobby-shmurda.html
  3. XXL - Here Are The Official Charges Against Bobby Shmurda And GS9
  4. "Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel". Billboard. July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sullivan, Gail (19 December 2014). "How rapper Bobby Shmurda, charged in murder, drug trafficking sting, became an alleged gangster". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  6. Rosenberg, Rebecca; Perez, Chris (18 December 2014). "Bobby Shmurda to be arraigned on drug ring charges". New York Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  7. Hays, Tom (18 December 2014). "NYC Rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges". Yahoo News. Associated Press. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ahmed, Insanul (July 14, 2014). "Meet Bobby Shmurda, the Brooklyn Rapper Everyone Is Talking About". Complex. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  9. Lyons, Patrick (June 30, 2014). "Bobby Shmurda "Hot Nigga" Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  10. Trammell, Matthew (July 30, 2014). "Interview: Jahlil Beats Talks Producing "Hot Nigga," Bobby Shmurda's Breakout Hit". The Fader. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Smith, Trevor (August 8, 2014). "Bobby Shmurda Confirms Chris Brown & More For "Hot Nigga" Official Remix". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  12. Dharmic X (July 12, 2014). "Looks Like Beyoncé Did the Shmoney Dance At the "On The Run" Show Tonight". Complex. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  13. Fall, Kyle (July 16, 2014). "Drake Hosts The 2014 ESPY Awards". rapWAVE. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  14. Goddard, Kevin (July 17, 2014). "Drake Hosts 2014 ESPY Awards". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  15. "Juicy J "Hot Nigga Freestyle"". HipHopDX. July 21, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  16. Fleischer, Adam (August 5, 2014). "French Montana Shmoney Dances All Over Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot N—a' Remix". MTV. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  17. Robertson, Darryl (August 7, 2014). "New Music: Lil Kim Jumps On Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot N**ga'". Vibe. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  18. Rys, Dan (August 8, 2014). "Gunplay Throws Shots At 50 Cent On His "Hot N***a" Remix". XXL. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  19. "New Music: T.I. – 'Hot Ni**a (Remix)'". Rap-Up. August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  20. Mendizabal, Amaya (August 7, 2014). "Iggy Azalea Closes In On Rap Chart Record With 'Fancy'". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  21. Saul, Josh (29 August 2014). "'Shmoney Dance' rapper arrested on gun-possession charges". New York Post. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  22. Rosenberg, Rebecca; Perez, Chris (18 December 2014). "Bobby Shmurda to be arraigned on drug ring charges". New York Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  23. Hays, Tom (18 December 2014). "NYC Rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges". Yahoo News. Associated Press. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  24. Hays, Tom (18 December 2014). "NYC Rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges". Yahoo News. Associated Press. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  25. "Hot Nigga Lyrics". Genius Lyrics. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  26. "Shmurda She Wrote – EP by Bobby Shmurda". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  27. http://www.datpiff.com/GS9-Shmoney-Shmurda-ShMixtape.629528.html
  28. "Bobby Shmurda – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  29. "Bobby Shmurda – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  30. "Bobby Shmurda – Chart History: Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  31. "Bobby Shmurda – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  32. "Discographie Bobby Shmurda". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 27, 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  33. "Bobby Shmurda" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  34. http://www.vibe.com/article/bobby-shmurda-celebrates-first-platinum-single-hot-nia