Back in 2014, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda had the anthem of the summer with “Hot N****,” and soon he was everywhere.

Months later, Shmurda was arrested along with 14 other people, who police claim were members of the New York gang GS9, for a series of charges.

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Shmurda was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession. He posted $2 million bail and awaited trial.

Shmurda In 2016

The trial came in September 2016 and Shmurda, in order to keep label-mate Rowdy Rebel from serving a life sentence, took a plea deal of five years.

Are Rebel And Shmurda Being Made Examples Of?

Shmurda has maintained his innocence all along, telling XXL in a 2016 interview:

“A witness came and said they didn’t recognize anybody. They got cops lying on the stand. They dismissed my case in Brooklyn and brought it back to Manhattan. So we got the grand jury from Manhattan and I’m trying to get the grand jury from Brooklyn because the cop testified twice and told two stories, but the judge keeps denying the motion.

“They just violating our rights, and then I look at them like how you want people to follow the law and y’all not even following y’all own laws?”

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