Lil Boosie Gets Real: MC on Prison, Protests and ‘Classic’ New LP
Lil Boosie has long been one of the Dirty South’s best-kept secrets, building a reputation for both unrestrained club raps and earthy real talk on issues in the black community. He released his first solo album in 2000, and in 2009, his Superbad reached the Top 10. But instead of crossing over, Boosie wound up incarcerated for marijuana possession at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Authorities tried to pile on more charges, including an indictment for first-degree murder, but he and his lawyers beat the accusations in court.
Last year, the 32-year-old – rechristened Boosie BadAzz – was released just in time to see people in Ferguson, Missouri adopt his 2007 mixtape cut “Fuck the Police” as a protest anthem. Now he’s releasing Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, perhaps his most diverse and complete work to date. “It’s a classic album,” says Boosie. “I feel like there ain’t no album out this year fucking with it, period. I just want them to give me a chance.”
Your previous album, Incarcerated, was much darker than this one. It seems like this one has a lot of optimism and hope in it.
That’s because I was in a different place. You gotta understand that the Incarcerated album, it came out in 2010? Well, that music was done in 2006. That was not new music. None of that was new music. It might have had one or two songs on it. That was just an album that was put together [with old material].
Did you write any of the new album while you were still incarcerated?
I wrote a lot of songs while I was in prison. I wrote “I’m Sorry,” that’s on the album, “Window in My Eyes.” Everything else was written after my release. And I recorded everything when I got out. When I was in jail, I was recording mixtapes with C-Murder, too. He isn’t done with it yet. We recorded a mixtape on a tape recorder in jail, in the bathroom. C-Murder was my bunk partner. He slept right over me. We were in Angola together.
What are your thoughts on C-Murder’s situation?
I think he just got the Robert Shapiro law firm, so it’s looking good for him. All he does is work on his case all day. Of course, they’ve got him on a bad case. It’s just getting caught in Louisiana. Louisiana is a cold place as far as putting people in prison. He’s got his lawyers together and I think he’s going to see the streets again, and we waiting on him.
On your album, you have a song, “Mercy on My Soul,” where you talk to God.
It was the second record I recorded when I came home. It was one of those deep records. It was one of those records where I had to face that I was wrong for most of the things I did in life. I had to really stand up and face that.