Even though he was found not guilty of first-degree murder in May 2012, Lil Boosie is still serving out a sentence for drug possession while behind bars. Now, in an exclusive interview with Spin, Boosie speaks on his time in jail and his plans after his release from prison.

Boosie discussed the trials of jail, saying that the love of his family and fans has helped him cope with his sentence. He also added that he feels his mission in life is yet to be completed, and that his time in jail has driven him to reinvent himself as both an artist and a person.

“I’ve coped by knowing in my heart that I’m someone special who many people love. If you lose hope in yourself, you’ll make your time hard,” he said. “I always felt that my mission wasn’t complete. I feel I haven’t reached the star power that was destined for me. That makes me keep writing and thinking of ways to better myself as a man and artist…this situation forced me to look at things differently. I had to suffer to learn things about myself, those surrounding me, and God. He put me through this pain for me to come back stronger.”

Boosie also spoke on his post-prison plans, saying that he’s written close to 500 songs that he believes to be some of the best of his career. He also discussed his plans to pen a memoir, titled The Truth, No Lies

“I have about 500 songs at the moment,” he said. “I feel that I’m making the best music I’ve ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it’s been crazy the last three years. I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn’t even say it’s Hip Hop music. My music is ‘reality rap.’ Hip Hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can’t make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap.”

Of his memoir, he added, “I just felt the world needed to hear my life story so those who don’t understand certain things that I rap about, like the struggle, will understand that it’s the struggle that made me who I am today. I want people to know that it’s bigger than rap with me. I have a good heart. I want people who never took the time out to listen to me, to give me a chance.”

As previously mentioned, Boosie is currently serving an eight-year sentence for attempting to smuggle codeine, ecstasy and marijuana into jail. It is unknown when the Baton Rouge rapper will be let out of prison, although his attorneys estimate he could be released this summer.

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