Remy Ma Released from Prison

Former Terror Squad rapper served six years for shooting a friend in a dispute over $3,000

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Remy Ma in 2007.
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Bronx rapper Remy Ma was released from a New York prison after serving a six-year sentence for assault, a source confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Ma — real name, Reminisce Smith — was convicted of intentional assault back in 2008 for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph in a dispute over $3,000, but was able to have her initial sentence of eight years scaled back. Upon her release from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, the former Terror Squad MC was greeted by her husband, Papoose, as well as her manager and other members of her entourage.

Smith was just 26 when she was found guilty of assaulting Joseph. As The New York Times reported, the shooting capped off a string of betrayals, with Smith claiming that members of her entourage exploited her fame for their own gain. The incident with Joseph, specifically, occurred at a nightclub after Smith asked her friend to hold her purse; when she took it back, $3,000 in cash was missing. A struggle ensued, during which Smith claimed she accidentally shot Joseph in the abdomen.

Last week, Smith called into New York City radio station Power 105 where she spoke with Angie Martinez about her impending release, patching up her relationship with Terror Squad honcho Fat Joe and discussing the rhymes she's been working on while locked up. During her sentence, the rapper also earned an associate degree in sociology. While Smith said that she's had a number of labels reach out to her, she wanted to come home before signing any contracts. Still, she told Martinez: "It's not gonna be fair — my pen game is crazy."

Smith also reiterated her admiration for Nicki Minaj, despite the fact that the two have had their minor differences in the past: "Nick has always been a supporter and vice versa," she said. "I like what she does. She’s done wonderful things for females, but I just wish there was more of them. I don't know what they're doing; they're letting these guys take over."