Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue has been released from prison and announced that he’s now changing his name and releasing a book.
Baby Blue was originally sentenced to 20 months in prison last February after pleading guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. He was accused in October 2020 of filing fake loan applications to obtain funds meant for small businesses as part of the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Baby Blue received more than $24 million as a result of the scam, and bid his fans and family farewell during a party at Prime 112 in Miami. One year later, it seems Blue has been released from Orlando’s Coleman Prison, and told The Shade Room his early release was due to the First Step Act, which was introduced by then-president Donald Trump in 2018. The act allows eligible inmates “to participate in recidivism reduction programs and earn credits towards early release.”
Blue was seen reuniting with Spectacular and Pleasure P outside the prison and said in a statement to TSR he’s a changed man because of the experience.
“I met a lot of REAL n-ggas in the feds,” he said. “A lot of good street n-ggas doing time in this fucked up system just for hustling and getting money to support they families. Anybody out there that got a loved one behind them walls, make sure y’all show love. Y’all all they got and that commissary expensive than a bitch!”
He continued, “I appreciate all the love and support from my family, friends and fans! New album dropping soon! Wrote a book too! Might call that bitch ‘How To Hustle’ or ‘Blue Magic.’ Officially changing my name to BIGG MONEY BLUE! Shoutout to my n-ggas at Coleman Prison! I’m bout to get back to the MONEY! LET’S GO!”
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While this remains to be seen, Baby Blue was striving to make the most out of his prison time and told Hollywood Unlocked back in 2021 that he planned to get shredded while behind bars.
“I ain’t tripping,” he said at the time. “When I get out, Ima be ripped up like Gucci Mane! And I’ma be one of the hottest rappers in the world! My new single, ‘Up Again’ drop Friday! I’m talking bout them fuck n-ggas who TRIED to rob me but ain’t get SHIT!” Thankful to be Alive! All glory to God! Love my fans, family and friends for sticking with a n-gga through everything!
He concluded, “All them prayers definitely saved my life! Only thing ima really miss is time away from my kids. I just had a baby boy this year and Ima miss his little giggles for sure!”