Lil Boosie Speaks From Behind Bars

'Some days I'm maintaining, but I'm missing my family and the life I had out there, Lil Boosie tells XXL magazine.

Incarcerated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, rapper [artist id="1245546"]Lil Boosie[/artist] has been on 23-hour lockdown since June, and in an interview with XXL magazine, he expressed frustration from behind bars.

"Some days I'm maintaining, but I'm missing my family and the life I had out there," Boosie told the website. "My first seven months I was in population, but since June, I've been on 23-hour lockdown."

According to the Dirty South MC, the lockdown is intended for his own protection due to his celebrity. "They said they're trying to protect me because of who I am," he continued. "They got people get stabbed here, killed here. Pretty rough people here. A lot of rats here, snitches."

Boosie, who is currently locked up on probation violation, is facing a murder charge in the first degree and can possibly face the death penalty if convicted. The charge stems from the October 2009 murder of Terry Boyd. Boosie is accused of paying men to kill Boyd. In addition, the rapper is facing separate drug and conspiracy charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. While he awaits trial, the East Baton Rouge DA's office is building its case and looking to link Boosie to an additional five murders. The Trill Ent. rapper feels he is being unfairly targeted.

"[I'm here] 'cause of the songs I made, before I was indicted, about the police in Baton Rouge and what's going on here," he said. "There's a lot with our record label, that the system don't like. ... They took my hard drive out of my house after I got arrested. I have albums for days in there. They still haven't returned it. They've had it for damn near a year now. I need that music."

Despite the turmoil that he is facing, Boosie looks forward to the day he can walk out of prison and Louisiana.

"I'm leaving Louisiana the first day I get out of prison," Boosie said. "I'm a major target down here. I'll thank God for everything and get back to the money."

Stay tuned to MTV News for updates on Lil Boosie's upcoming murder trial.