Rapper Lil Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, is currently serving time in prison for his 2009 drug and gun charges. The rap star who had a total of five albums and a few chart hits, was staying in Dixion Correctional Institute, but as of Thursday the headline “Lil Boosie goes to jail” takes on new meaning. That’s because Hatch was indicted for murder charges and could now face the death penalty.
The crime occurred in 2009 as well, just one month after Boosie’s drug/weapons charges. Reportedly the 27-year-old rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana was responsible for the shooting of Terry Boyd. A trial date has yet to be set for Boosie. It’s doubtful he’ll release any new music from behind bars, even though other rappers have managed to do mixtapes via telephone recordings.
It often makes you wonder why a guy like Boosie would lose it and allegedly take someone’s life. There’s many musicians, movie stars and athletes who do great things, but then a handful who take what they’ve got for granted. They fall into negative mindsets and let it get the best of them. Some may even think they’re above the law. And while some may believe having fame is responsible for their downfall, it’s not the case. It’s simply the person making their own poor choices.
However if you look back at the pioneers of rap music versus the one hit wonders and current ringtone chart toppers, you’ll see that the originators are on the right side of the law. Names like LL Cool J, Ice T, and Will Smith all come to mind. They’ve all transitioned from music into other avenues of business and entertainment. Ice Cube, started with a lot of angst but has translated his career into newer venues. Even Flavor Flav was still doing big things just recently with reality TV shows and seemed to be on the right side of the law (even if he comes off crazy). Jay-Z turned his life around despite an earlier life selling drugs. I don’t mean this to overshadow the fact that man’s life was taken away, but instead to give the message that negative emotions are best channeled.
There’s a silver lining then, because as many people try to generalize that rappers are troublemakers or prone to crime, there’s plenty of stories of positivity too. Lil Boosie may be in jail facing the death penalty not just due to his criminal activity, but due to his lack of conscience and creativity. He refused to channel emotions into music and keep building. He allowed negativity to overcome his mindstate. It’s the artists who keep creating things rather than trying to take away, that seem to shine the brightest.
What do you believe is the reason that some celebrities manage to stay on the positive side of things with success while others have a falling out?