It’s only been five days since Lil’ Boosie left the inside of a cell. He’s got a lot to say. Fresh out of prison, he's already dropped a freestyle and had a welcome home party. And today, the people's champ gave fans what they wanted by holding his first press conference since being released. Live-streaming on boosiespeaks.com, the event went down in his home city of New Orleans. Webbie, Bun B, Young Jeezy and Boosie’s family were among those in attendance.
Here’s what we learned (updating live).
1. Just like us, Bun B is really happy that Boosie is home.
Before Boosie came out, Bun said some kind, very trill words: "There’s been a lot of people that have been incarcerated and because of the system we haven’t been able to keep these people’s movement alive,” said Bun B. “You’d be surprised to see how many people don’t want to see a young, black man come home and succeed… They [Fans] waited for Mandela... They waited for Pac, and they waited for Lil Boosie.”
2. Young Jeezy kept in touch with Boosie throughout his stint in prison.
The rapper, who doubles as Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records, said: "I never heard him feel like the system broke him. Every time I talked to him, he was in the highest spirits and he talked about coming home. I’d be like, 'Yo, they waiting on you, homie.'”
3. Webbie's accent is still hard to follow.
"The thang is, it'll be ready when you get here, when you get out," Webbie said of his musical brethren. "I'm just happy again. I told him. I'ma tell him again. I said, 'Boosie, man them niggas pussy, come on!' And here we go."
4. Boosie is currently on probation.
He's on probation, possibly for four more years, according to his lawyers. He has a routine hearing this Thursday (March 13). He was originally scheduled to be released in November.
5. Boosie just discovered Instagram and Face Time.
"See, I had never seen Instagram. I heard about it so it was a new experience seeing it. I was surprised when I looked at my iPhone and you could look at people and talk on the phone. I was like, the world has changed."
6. He hasn't listened to a lot of new rappers.
"I'd read magazines, but I ain't really listen to music when I was in there. I just focused on my music. I didn't know about new rappers unless I read about them in Hip-Hop Weekly."
7. He says he's written a ridiculous amount of songs.
"I wrote 1,018 songs... Every free time I get, I'm getting in the studio."
8. He wants to collaborate with Justin Bieber.
“I got a hit for Justin Bieber, and I just got music. I just got good, quality street music."
9. He's taking it slowly on Twitter. No official Boosie tweets yet.
“I ain’t tweet yet. I’ll probably tweet something to the fans thanking everybody for supporting me. I might go on Instagram straight flexing today.”
10. He's very confident in his new music.
“I feel like the music I got, the rap game wide open for me to take over. What I been hearing these last 4 days on the radio, it’s different from my music… And different brings greatness. I just feel I stand alone in the music industry. That’s how I think I’ll stay on top.”
11. He wrote a movie and a book in prison.
"I wrote my own movie, Boosie: The Movie. I might shop it but I’m probably gonna get my own, do it myself. It ain’t no movie like this movie... I wrote my book… I stayed busy in prison. When I ain’t have nothing to do, I’d try to mastermind another hustle."