In May 2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie was found not guilty of the murder of Terry Boyd and according to Boosie, who was incarcerated at the time the verdict was announced, his time at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola became harder following the not guilty verdict.

Prior to today’s press conference, a newly-released Boosie spoke exclusively with XXL magazine about the moments just before his release, his treatment at Angola following the announcement of the not guilty verdict, and more.

Boosie admitted that hearing the verdict did take a big burden off his back, but ultimately led to harsher treatment from security during his stay at Angola.

“At that point, the security got like hateful towards me,” Boosie said. “So, any little minor thing that had my name in it or any small thing, they would take good time from me. So, it kinda got harder after that part. Having people be so hateful towards you because of the verdict. So, people probably thought when I won that it was easy. It was a big burden off my back, but it’s harder when you trying to go home and people keep messing with you. And I was feeding into it sometimes too. Cause I don’t like people to talk to me any kind of way and do me any kind of way, but at a certain point I had to just say ‘I can’t do nothing about it. I’m just gonna not say nothing.’”

The rapper also recalled the moments leading up to his release from prison last week. Boosie says he was expecting a release on Wednesday, March 5, but was then falsely told by a warden that he wouldn’t be released until Friday.

“My lawyer, my mama, they knew. I finished my class on Wednesday, so I was supposed to get emergency release,” he said. “So, when Wednesday came I finished the class and the warden came and saw me. And I was like—I thought he was finna tell me to get my stuff. I was finna go. He was like ‘You not getting out til Friday.’ So, I was like ‘okay.’ I went on ‘head and went to sleep. I was mad. But they knew that the whole time I was finna get out. So, they came woke me up, ‘Let’s go.’ I thought I was dreaming at first, you know. So, they surprised me. They got me good. I don’t think they wanted the media to pick up on it as fast as they did. I was just happy.”

Boosie says following his release he was greeted by his mother, other members of his family, a representative from the NAACP, and his attorneys.

The rapper’s release from prison last week comes nearly five years after he first began his sentence in 2009. Although Boosie was on trial for murder during his incarceration, his time spent at the Louisiana State Penitentiary stemmed from a drug possession charge and later drug smuggling charges.

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