Rapper Lil Boosie’s recent comments have drawn a significant amount of criticism for the Louisiana hip-hop star. During an appearance on “NiteCap” with Peter Bailey, Boosie spoke about crime, the glorification of prison and racism. The rapper, who was incarcerated for six years before being found not guilty of first-degree murder and coming home this past March, vented his frustration with a perceived self-hate among black people.
“I just feel like African American is [sic] the worst race in the world because, first of all, we kill each other,” Boosie told Bailey. “People always talk about this racist stuff — but the white man ain’t waiting in your bushes with a chopper, the white man ain’t trying to take the rims off your car … we’re doing this to each other. So how can we say ‘F the white man?’ He ain’t doing nothing but when you get in trouble, doing his job. ‘Guilty!’ He ain’t doing nothing wrong.”
Bailey asked Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, if white America and the American justice system bears any responsibility for the state of the black community. Boosie shared his belief that drugs were flooded into black communities by outside parties.
“I can implicate on that too, I really do feel like they brought drugs into the country and gave it to the big dogs in the black neighborhood because they’re going to put [it] in the culture and we’re going to smoke up all the drugs,” the rapper explained. “You don’t see the Italians selling dime rocks on they [sic] block to they people so that they can get strung out.
“They know we’re going to kill our race. They’re not taking it to the white guys and telling them to break down dime rocks and sell ’em — nah, they’re going to sell weight.”
In the same interview, Boosie revealed that he was uncomfortable by the “FREE BOOSIE” movement that began while he was incarcerated and criticized hip-hop’s glorification of prison culture.
“They hear ‘Free Boosie’ and see me come home after what I came home in and a lot of people glorified it, and that’s the total[ly] wrong thing to do,” the rapper said. “I was fighting the death penalty. What’s cool about that? If 12 jurors would have said guilty, they’d be frying me.”