Joey Bada$$ Says Environment and Fatherless Household Led To Bobby Shmurda’s Legal Troubles

Joey BadA$$ can get deep as an artist. His subject matter in music has proven to work the brains of its listeners. Joey recently analyzed the issues afflicting young black men who grow up in single parent homes from impoverished backgrounds and tied it in with Bobby Shmurda’s recent legal troubles during an interview with MusicXclusivesTV.

“We’re all products of out environment. And depending on the people who come before us — like the mothers in our homes, the ladies in our homes – depending on the way they mold our minds, it can go rampant,” he said. “If the family support is not there, that brother is most likely to be fathered by the streets and that’s just the way it goes.”

Joey questioned the guidance behind Bobby Shmurda in song “Born Day” where he raps, “And I’m A ‘Hot N*gga,’ cause where was OG Bobby Johnson to tell young Shmurda that he has some better options/Don’t wanna blame the streets that adopted him or the doctrine that got his mind so boxed up in and I don’t judge/But there’s no one to blame but us, and that’s the truth, but it’s always swept under the rug, and deep down we all wanna be loved.”

Joey broke down the message behind the lyrics in “Born Day” during an interview with Hot New Hip Hop:

“What I meant by that line is, everybody is going around saying OG Bobby Johnson, but do you know the story of OG Bobby Johnson? He came home, and he got his s— together, he got that knowledge of self, and that’s what he was tryna push on to the young brothers. So where was he to tell Bobby Shmurda that, you know, what it really is and what it’s really all about? I can identify with it, because what I see is one of my brothers being crucified for what we’re essentially responsible for him representing. It hurts me, it affects me, I don’t wanna see none of my brothers go down like that. I don’t know Shmurda personally, but it’s someone that looks just like me, you feel me. Even with the recent incidents of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, these are all brothers who are just like us, and, even watching the movie ‘Fruitvale Station’, that movie brought tears to my eyes cause these are all situations that could happen to any of us.”

Bobby Shmurda was only one year old when his father Gervase Johnson, 41, was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for attempted murder in Miami, according to Florida Department of Corrections website. Bobby’s mother, Leslie Pollard, 40, relocated him to the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn.

Bobby described his neighborhood as very dangerous during an interview with Global Grind.

“It’s one of the craziest blocks in Brooklyn,” Bobby said. “Everybody know about that block.

Ms. Pollard told Billboard the GS9 crew Bobby hangs with is not a gang.

“They’re saying that because this group of young men hangs together, and things happen, that they’re all ‘conspiring’ to do these things,” she said. “It’s not a gang situation: These are kids who grew up together from 3 and 4 years old.”

Bobby’s GS9 affiliate Rowdy Rebel detailed the special relationship him and his crew share during an interview with Global Grind.

“It’s more than friends with us now,” Rowdy said. “We done came up to a point where no mothers around, no fathers. And my money is my friend… my bro money now. If you don’t got it, I got it… he got it. It’s to a point where nothing else matter that much. Only us matter.”


Bobby is now facing a myriad of charges alongside his GS9 camp.

Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel and eleven members of the GS9 camp appeared before a judge Thursday, Jan. 29 at Manhattan Supreme Court and pleaded not guilty to all charges. The charges total 101 and range from narcotics sales to murder.

Bobby Shmurda, born Ackquille Pollard, faces charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Bobby remains held on $2 million bail.

The entire GS9 camp is due back in court on April 22.

Bobby Shmurda and GS9 were arrested Dec. 17 after a recording session at Quad Studio. Their arrests follow a long-term investigation by the NYPD for their suspected involvement in gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in NYC, according to the New York Daily News. Police reportedly seized 21 guns during their investigation, 10 of them during the crew’s highly publicized arrests.

Bobby is alleged to have been involved in two shootings in early 2014, according to court documents obtained by the AP. He allegedly fired a gun toward a crowd of people outside a barbershop in Brooklyn earlier this year. He was also allegedly present last year during a shootout between rival gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse.

If convicted, Bobby faces eight to 25 years in prison.

XXL presented a full list of Bobby’s charges on their website.

The newly signed Epic Records artist was arrested this past summer after police found him in possession of firearm, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.

Bobby was allegedly spotted by police brandishing a firearm at his Brownsville apartment on June 3. He was arrested after trying to stash the weapon in a couch. He was later reportedly released on $10,000 bail.

Bobby was subsequently charged with felony criminal possession of weapon, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Members of Bobby’s GS9 camp were involved in an October shooting that sparked mass chaos at Fat Tuesday’s nightclub in Miami Beach. The alleged gunmen were driving a black Infiniti when they fired several shots at rivals.

Police were able to nab two suspects that included Alex Crandon, 20, of Brooklyn, NY; and Dimitri Mara Bastien, 22, of Bayshore, NY. According to a police report, Crandon was arrested for driving with a suspended license and Bastien was arrested for marijuana possession and possession of counterfeit currency.

Crandon and Bastien were not charged with the shooting.

Miami Beach Police Officers say the shooting incident was a retaliation shooting for a murder that occurred in Brooklyn, NY about four to five years ago, 7 News of Miami reports.

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