Bobby Shmurda is an American rapper and songwriter fromBrooklyn, New York, 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.
Let’s find out more amazing facts about him!
1. Ackquille Jean Pollard was born August 4, 1994 in Florida.
2. He is the youngest of two sons born to a Jamaican mother and a Trinidadian father.
3. Shortly after birth he moved to Brooklyn, New York after his father was incarcerated, living in East Flatbush.
4. Shmurda also had run-ins with the law while living in Brooklyn, including spending 15 months in detention for probation violation as well as being arrested on a gun charge that was later dropped.
5. Shmurda began rapping at the age of 10.
6. The first song he remixed was Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck” in 2004, but did not receive any notable attention until 2014 with the release of the song “Hot Nigga”.
7. The song features the beat from the Lloyd Banks’ song “Jackpot”.
8. Shmurda gained notoriety from the video where he performs the “Shmoney dance”, choreography that he made in the summer of 2013.
9. The song became popular among Vine users and soon led to the “Shmoney dance” meme, which has since been performed by Beyoncé on her On the Run Tour with Jay Z, as well being used by Drake while hosting the 2014 ESPY Awards.
10. Freestyles of the song by various rappers have since been released, including by Juicy J, French Montana, Lil’ Kim, Gunplay and T.I..
11. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Rap Digital chart with a remix of the song featuring Chris Brown, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes having been released in 2014.
12. Bobby Shmurda made a guest appearance on the television show Real Husbands of Hollywood on the show’s fourth season in the episode “Hart Medication”.
13. In July 2014, Shmurda performed with Meek Mill and later signed a recording deal with Epic Records.
14. On August 29, 2014, Shmurda released a reggae remix, featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X.
15. On September 5, 2014, another remix of “Hot Nigga”, notably featuring Chris Brown, Fabolous, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes was released.
16. Shmurda’s debut studio album with Epic Records is scheduled for release in 2016. The album is said to be produced by Jahlil Beats.
17. On June 3, 2014, Pollard was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon.
18. 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.
19. Blogger Karen Civil reports that Shmurda was arrested on the night of December 16 along with members of his 6S9 crew at Quad Studios, close to Times Square.
20. This is the second arrest in four months for Shmurda on weapons charges.
21. TMZ reported in August 2014 that Shmurda had been arrested in Brooklyn for possession of a Glock handgun.
22. According to documents in the case, Shmurda had been showing off the gun to friends when a cop saw it through the window.
23. Then in October 2014, Shmurda was picked up by the NYPD for weed possession, TMZ reports.
24. A friend told the gossip site at the time that Shmurda thought the cops were out to get him.
25. Shmurda’s friend and collaborator, Sha Money XL was also arrested and is reportedly not asking for bail in the case.
26. In August 2014, Billboard reported that Sha Money had signed Shmurda to Epic records for nearly $3 million.
27. Between late-June and early–July 2015, the rapper, along with his ex-girlfriend, were caught by officials having smuggled a knife into jail.
28. 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.
29. Pollard appeared in the Bronx Supreme Court to face his charges of prison contraband plus 25 years for his previous charge in late 2014.
30. 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.
31. On September 2, 2016, as part of a deal, Pollard pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession, and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
32. Under the deal, Pollard cannot appeal the sentence, but will be given credit for 2 years served, leaving 5 years left on his sentence, followed by 5 years of probation.
33. His lawyer Alex Spiro expects that with good behavior, Pollard will only serve approximately three and a half years.