Remember Bobby Shmurda? The Brooklyn rapper who broke on the scene with his semi-hit record “Hot Nigga”, has been incarcerated since late last year after being arrested as part of a sting conducted by the NYPD a of drug and gang violence in the borough. Shmurda (real name Aquilie Pollard) was said to be one of the main principals in a gang in Brooklyn that was responsible for everything to drug deals to shootings.
His bail was set at $2 million dollars. Bobby has been sitting behind bars waiting on someone to post his bail, in particular, his lable Epic.
Shmurda is said to be upset with Epic for not posting his bail.
Per Stereo Gum:
Even though Pollard pled not guilty to all charges, he says his label, Epic, has wavered in their support, declining his request to help pay his $2 million bail: “When I got locked up, I thought they were going to come for me, but they never came.” Technically, Epic executive Michael Clervoix has visited Pollard in prison, but Clervoix wouldn’t say whether Epic would help with bail.
Says Pollard’s entertainment lawyer, Matthew Middleton, “These companies for years have capitalized and made millions and millions of dollars from kids in the inner city portraying their plight to the rest of the world. To take advantage of that and exploit it from a business standpoint and then turn your back is disingenuous, to say the least.” Middleton later adds, “I understand from a corporate standpoint that companies cannot put themselves in a position where it appears they’re supporting and condoning criminal activity. But he hasn’t been found guilty of anything yet.” The Times feature cites a long history of label heads including 50 Cent and Suge Knight getting their rappers out of jail, but notes, “as rap has become more corporate, that kind of aid is unusual.”
Pollard, who once vouched for the accuracy of his street-life narratives, also tells the Times that his stories were “fabricated” because “that’s what’s selling nowadays.” Epic should know: Middleton estimates that the label has “made their money back at least two or three times over.”
What would’ve been great is that Middleton would’ve been Pollards lawyer before he signed his deal with Epic. Maybe he would’ve saw $2 million and not speaking how a Lable made that 3 times over. I’m just saying.