Rowdy Rebel has been holding strong in jail while he undergoes trial for a litany of serious charges. The Flatbush, Brooklyn native, who is being held on $2 million bail, is facing three counts of conspiracy, one count of attempted murder, one count of assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Rowdy, who turned down a seven-year plea deal during a court hearing in June, spoke on Epic Records reluctance to bail him out during a phone interview with Revolt.
“They not our fathers, they not our best friends. I don’t expect them to feel the pain that my parents and all my friends going through,” he said. “I don’t expect them to go as hard as trying to get us out.”
Rowdy acknowledges that the relationship between him and Epic is just business.
“…For you not to get us out, at the end of the day they not related to us. On the business side, they invested in us,” he continued. “…At the end of the day, it’s up to Sony. Epic under Sony, so Sony really gotta give them the permission to put the money up. …I ain’t really mad at them because at the end of the day, they don’t really owe us nothing. It ain’t they fault we in here.”
Epic Records CEO L.A Reid sat down with Rap Radar Podcast to open up on the bail controversy.
“I’m crazy about [Bobby Shmurda] and I think about him often. And I feel like, you know, his better days are ahead of him. I do believe that,” Reid said. “And I think it’s unfortunate what has taken place. But, when I heard him, I believed him. That’s what sold me. It felt soulful. It didn’t feel like someone was play acting and it felt really believable. And, I guess it was.”
Epic Records signed Bobby to a multi-album, seven-figure contract in the summer. But the label has been distant since the “Hot N*gga” rapper was slapped with a litany of charges that could possibly take him away from society for 25 years. Shmurda sits in Manhattan Detention Complex aka “The Tombs” on charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Bobby, whose bail has been set at $2 million, pleaded not guilty to those charges Thursday, Jan. 30.
Reid says Epic Records cannot bail Bobby out because they simply don’t have the money.
“Well, it made me feel like people don’t know anything about my business, right? It’s really not their business. That’s the truth about it, right? We’re not elected officials here. And we’re not at liberty to disclose how we do business. It’s fair practice, I can tell you that. But, it’s not the industry that it once was,” he revealed. “We seriously don’t make the money we used to make. That’s a fact of life, right? Bobby Shmurda is not the same as Snoop Dogg and Murder Was The Case, who’s coming off The Chronic and his first album. It’s a different era, you know? And, we’re a publicly held corporation. We just aren’t in the same position we were in back in those days. So, it’s a different day.”