Incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda is convinced prosecutors are seeking to keep him locked up on drug and assault charges to punish him for leading a "blessed" life.
The Hot Boy hitmaker, real name Ackquille Pollard, was thrown behind bars in December (14), when he was arrested alongside 14 members of his entourage and charged with counts of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
The rising star has pleaded not guilty to the accusations that he believes New York authorities are purposefully working on in an attempt to slow his career rise down, highlighting his $2 million (£1.25 million) bail as an example of the alleged bias.
Speaking from behind bars, he tells Billboard.com, "We're trying (to raise the funds for bail), but right now I think the Da (District Attorney) and the judge and everyone in the court is being biased. It's so crazy. The favouritism, yeah. They don't have no evidence, no nothing on me for the bill to be so high (sic). I haven't been out (as a musician) for a year, I haven't been around for a year. So I didn't make two million dollars! They gave me a bill they know I can't pay...
"When I see the judge and the Da, I just see a bunch of people (who are) trying to take my life away for being blessed. That's what I look at when I look at them. It looks like a bunch of haters (sic)."
However, Shmurda insists he is coping well in custody, revealing he gets "a lot of love" from fans and fellow prisoners, despite false rumours suggesting he has been stabbed.
He says, "It's nothing but rumours, man. I'm good. Everybody knows I'm good. I'm chilling."
And Shmurda, who is next due in court in April (15), is determined not to let his legal troubles get him down.
In a message to fans, he adds, "Keep your head up. Everybody goes through tough times and good times. You know what, tough times don't last forever. I say, God makes his toughest battles for his strongest soldiers."
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