Interview: Rowdy Rebel Is Focused On Keeping The GS9 Name Alive
Rowdy Rebel is already plotting his moves for GS9 after he finally reaches the outside. Since being confined to the walls of Rikers Island for the last 15 months, Rowdy, born Chad Marshall, already knows the first thing he wants to do when he's released. He plans to curate a meeting between the face of GS9, Bobby Shmurda, and his lawyers to devise a blueprint for the future of the group's music career.
“I’m staying focused right now," Rowdy said over the phone. "I’ve got a lot on my mind right now. I’m trying to get ready for when I walk up out of here.”
Rowdy hasn't let his legal woes get in the way of the group's aspirations to succeed in the game -- either. The 24-year-old rapper kicked off 2016 by reminding loyal fans and Twitter-bashing haters that his Brooklyn collective is still alive. With the help of his management team on the outside, Rowdy released his first official mixtape Shmoney Keeps Calling.
"I needed something to stay relevant," said Rowdy. "So I just put out a couple of songs that I had with a couple of artists I worked with. Kent Jones definitely helped me out. There were a couple of people in Miami that grabbed that and played that."
Executively produced by Binish PR and engineered by producer Ty Real and Wize, the project holds collaborations with Bobby Shmurda, French Montana, Rich The Kid, A$AP Ferg, and We The Best artist Kent Jones. Although it's his first solo effort, Rowdy believes his new project will not only set him a part as an individual but will keep GS9's name hot in the streets and allow for more projects to come from the group in the future.
“It’s really about me and the bros," Rowdy said. "We’re all still one big group but I really want everyone to know who I am and where Rowdy came from. I want to be a role model to all those people who thought we disappeared. At the end of the day, I just want everyone to recognize who Rowdy is as a person.”
Back in January, Judge Abraham Clott, who is presiding over the case after Judge James Burke left in January, made the decision to split the group and use the original Feb. 22 date as the trial date for crew members Rashid “Rasha” Derrisant and Alex “A-Rod” Crandon.
Marshall, along with Ackquille Pollard aka Bobby Shmurda, Santino “Cueno” Boderick and Nicolas “Montana Flea” McCoy will appear before the court on May 11.
Rebel's lawyer Javier Solano will finally be able to unleash his defense against the slew of gun, murder and conspiracy charges that plague the group. The Brooklyn native can't elaborate on the legal status of his fellow GS9 brethren, but he says "we’re just praying for them.”