Lil Boosie: “I Need Some Rehab. Jail Is Not Rehab.”
After initially stating his forthcoming prison sentence would be beneficial to his career, Louisiana emcee Lil’ Boosie is now remorseful and saddened about the term that will keep him behind bars for an estimated two years.
Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, was originally convicted of a third offense for marijuana possession.
The jail term was then exacerbated when Boosie violated his house arrest order to complete two concert dates.
According to Boosie, his sentencing was based on his rap persona over his actual behavior, which was simply to provide support for his 7 children and another still to be born.
Also, the rapper had been sued before for not fulfilling show dates, and wanted to prevent any further legal complications before going to prison.
“They’re treating me on who they think I am. They judging me on Boosie Bad Azz, not Torrence Hatch,” Boosie stated to Louisiana’s WAFB channel 9. “I had to do these two shows these last two days to feed my family.”
Aside from the marijuana convictions, Boosie has previous arrests on battery, weapons charges, and attempted bribery of a police officer.
This contentious history with the law is something Boosie admits is the result of his own reckless decisions.
“I blame it on myself, because things I did I wanted to. Trouble is easy to get into, but it’s hard to get out. I won’t be able to see my child born, yeah that hurts,” he stated.
Although the marijuana conviction is his third, the 26 year old struggles to understand why his sentencing was so harsh after revealing he has an addiction.
“If I made a mistake with marijuana, why am I not eligible for rehab?” Boosie questioned. “I’ve been on marijuana since a teenager. I need some rehab. Jail is not rehab.”
For his young fans, the reflective young rapper offered education as the main tool to stay away from the street life that encompasses his art.
“School is the first thing, once you stay in school and make up your mind you want to be somebody, the negatives will go away,” he explained. “And stay away from the negative people.
At press time, Lil Boosie is in custody at Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana, and serving his two year sentence. Following its completion, he will be required to finish 5 years of probation.