Any Lil Boosie fans in the house?
I can’t really say that I’m part of the Boosie fan club, outside of having an appreciation for the song “Wipe Me Down” from 2007, and he was actually just a featured artist on that track…
Anyways, the Baton Rouge rapper was released from prison after being there since 2009 because of drug charges (and battling a murder rap, which he beat), so the rapper was freed to much pomp and circumstance. He was a trending topic on Twitter, and all over social media, and with fans like the one below, you can see that his release was a huge deal for some (including his daughter, who was taped talking inappropriately on IG
But for others, like ATL and Smart Guy star Jason Weaver, it was a head-scratch worthy moment. He took to Instagram yesterday to try and figure out why people were treating Boosie like he was Nelson Mandela:
Ok so…. I see a lot ppl on IG posting stuff about Lil Boosie gettin out of prison, talmbout “Welcome Home” “Boosie Back” and all kinds of other coon s**t. Listen man, no disrespect to Boosie or anyone else for that matter who has ever been incarcerated, but the problem I have with the IG posts regarding him gettin out is it’s being displayed like it’s some kind of thing to celebrate. I’m sorry man, but why can’t we celebrate young black men who have stayed OUT of prison? I’m not judging Boosie or any other individual who may have faced similar circumstances. It would sure be cool though if we posted more pics of our young brothas receiving high school diplomas, college degrees, and cool s**t like that instead of a playa gettin out of prison mane. I’m about celebrating milestones in young black men’s lives that we can REALLY be proud of! Like for real… C’mon son!! Sorry for the rant, but I just had to say it.#KanyeShrug
Interesting point, especially considering that people were going ever so hard online for “Boosie Bad Azz” yesterday. Author and Huffington Post Live host Marc Lamont Hill also had some thoughts on people’s jubilant response to Boosie’s release, posting this to his own Instagram this morning:
I’m so glad that Lil Boosie is home. I’m wishing him growth, peace, safety, and prosperity. But I’m just happier that Eddie Conway, who was released this week after spending 44 years incarcerated for a crime he DID NOT COMMIT, has escaped the dungeons of hell. FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!!!!!!