Lil’ Boosie is finally home. After months and months of rumors concerning his alleged release date—it feels like he’s been “getting out” for a year now—Boosie was released from Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana last week after serving nearly five years in jail on possession of marijuana charges. He’ll remain on parole until 2018. But Boosie is ready to get his career back on track immediately and has a press conference scheduled for today in New Orleans to talk about what he wants to do next.
Five years is a long time to be away from the rap game, though. A lot has changed since we last heard from Boosie. So he’s not going to be able to simply pick up where he left off last and resume his career as if nothing ever happened. He’ll need to transition back into rapping and do so in a way that lets people know he means business. To help him do it, we’ve come up with 10 things Lil’ Boosie needs to do.
#1. Tell the world that he’s finished with prison.
If Boosie wants fans to buy into his future, he should tell us that prison is in his past. He can’t make excuses for why he went to jail or blame others for his stint behind bars. Rather, he needs to own up to what happened to him five years ago and make the decision to move on.
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#2. Take control of his social media accounts.
Prior to getting locked up, Boosie was on social media. But social media wasn’t anywhere near as important back then as it is today. Rappers need to be active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to make their fan bases happy. So Boosie needs to make sure he’s familiar with and ready to use all forms of social media. Get on Vine, Boosie.
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#3. Do some interviews and set the record straight about what really happened in jail.
There still seems to be a lot of confusion over why Boosie spent so much time in prison. He allegedly tried to sneak codeine into jail while serving a two-year bid, which is why he ended up behind bars for almost five years. He also faced a murder charge while he was away and…well, it’s all very confusing. We’ve read the reports about it. But we want to hear Boosie address all of the allegations made against him directly.
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#4. Put Bad Azz Entertainment on the back burner for a few months.
Back in 2008, right before he went away, Boosie founded Bad Azz Entertainment. And we assume that, one day, he’ll be able to do some great things with it. But for now, he needs to focus on himself. So we hope he doesn’t try to kickstart Bad Azz at the same time he’s trying to kickstart his solo career. Because we don’t think it’s going to work.
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#5. Release a mixtape containing a handful of the 500 songs that he reportedly wrote while he was locked up.
Back in 2013, Boosie said that he had written about 500 songs in prison. “I feel that I’m making the best music I’ve ever made,” he said. “The more I go through in life, the better my music gets.” Now, it’s time to show and prove.
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#6. Perform on a late-night TV show.
We highly doubt that David Letterman will invite Boosie to be on his show anytime soon. But there are way more late-night TV shows now than there were before Boosie went away. So he should try to appear on one to make his first performance since coming home. Jimmy Fallon has opened his doors time again to rappers. That Either him or Arsenio Hall seems like the right first move.
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#7. Link up with Rick Ross.
Ross has been very supportive of Boosie during his time away. He put him on Self Made Vol. 3 last summer and recently he said that he had a $1 million record deal waiting for him, if he wanted it. We don’t know if Boosie is interested in taking that deal. But Ross is winning right now. So even if he doesn’t sign with him, Boosie should probably do some work with him to capitalize off Ross’ interest in him.
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#8. Flood the streets with the music that’s been locked up on hard drives for the last five years.
Late last year, a judge agreed to return several hard drives worth of music to Boosie and his camp. The hard drives were previously being held as evidence against him. But now that they’re back in his possession, he should find a way to distribute that music to the masses. People want Boosie like they’ve never wanted him before and he needs to take advantage of that.
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#9. Tour and tour and tour some more.
As we just mentioned, people really want to see and hear Boosie right now, so he could make a killing off touring. He was already catching $20,000 per show prior to getting locked up. Can you imagine what his take would be now?
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#10. Announce the title of his next album and get to work on it immediately.
While people definitely want to hear all of the music that Boosie has in the archives, they also want to hear what he has to say now that he’s out of jail. By the time summer rolls around, Boosie should have something in stores. It’s time to get back to business.
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