Rap Artist Lil Boosie was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Wednesday night.
Angola State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain confirms the rapper, who is legally named Torrence Hatch, was released at 7:10 p.m. He was transferred to a sheriff’s department facility in St. Francisville where family members were waiting for him.
A native of Baton Rouge, the rapper has fans worldwide who have commonly used the term “Free Boosie” since his incarceration.
Boosie has been serving prison time on drug charges in 2009. The Louisiana Department of Corrections Wednesday afternoon had the rapper’s official release date listed as May 20, 2014.
In 2012, the rapper went on trial for murder but was found not guilty. Prosecutors called more than two dozen witnesses in the trial but a jury rendered a verdict after just one hour of deliberating. He was accused of hiring a man to kill a local rap artist.
Lil Boosie is scheduled to attend a news conference in New Orleans Monday, organized by Atlantic Records.
Welcome Home Boosie
As expected, ScHoolboy Q’s OXYMORON will take the top spot on the Billboard charts, with an estimated 138,517 copies sold in it’s first week. KiD CuDi, who was originally projected to go #2, will now land the 3rd or 4th spot behind the Frozen OST and quite possibly Romeo Santos. Final tallies will arrive tomorrow, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. Either way, this marks TDE’s first #1 debut as GKMC got beat out by Taylor Swift when it was released in 2012.
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Uncle Sam has a bone to pick with Lil Wayne. According to TMZ, Weezy owes $5.8 million in taxes for 2011 and $6.3 million for 2012. “Lil Wayne’s tax attorneys and accountant are looking into the matter… They are certain that this will be resolved,” the rapper’s publicist tells Gossipextra.com. Back in 2009, he fell behind by $7 million after failing to stay up-to-date on his taxes two years.
Just because working five days a week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn’t enough work, the Roots announced their seventh annual Roots Picnic, which will take place on the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on May 31st. And because they’re workaholics, the hip-hop crew will be playing two sets: one of their own and one supporting Snoop Dogg. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
The Roots‘ drummer Questlove announced the lineup with a Bob Dylan-esque cue-card video reveal, (viewable below), as he got his hair done. Other performers include Janelle Monáe, the War on Drugs, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Rudimental, AraabMuzik a DJ set by one of David Byrne’s favorite rappers, Biz Markie, and more.
Since bidding adieu to their Late Night post to graduate to The Tonight Show, the Roots have already gotten high praise from some notable people. Not only did U2 ask the Roots to join in with them on their performance of “Ordinary Love,” but Bono called out Questlove during the song in the first episode of the new show. “Yesterday, I thought, ‘Maybe for the ending, we should let the Roots in for a little bit,’” U2 guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone about the collaboration. “And when Bono asked them to come in, I could feel this thing – ‘Woah!’ – and Bono started to take off.”