In December 2014, Bobby Shmurda, still riding high off the success of that summer's "Hot N---a," was arrested and taken to jail. He was hit with a litany of charges, ranging from firearm possession to conspiracy to commit murder and sell drugs. He's been behind bars ever since.
"We had a little kind of like pep talk in the elevator," Sha Money, who signed Bobby to Epic Records, told GQ in a new feature, of an interaction earlier that night at Quad Studios. "I was like, 'Yo, Bobby, you gotta be careful. You need to tone it down, because all eyes is on you.'"
Bobby, born Ackquille Pollard, was leaving the studio with his girlfriend around 2 a.m. "I got you," he said.
Just a few minutes later, Sha got a call from the budding rap star's mother, who had heard her son had been arrested. This baffled the exec, since he had just been with Bobby. But he looked up at the security cameras and saw police outside.
The cops soon came up to the studio and searched the entire building. Sha says almost everyone who was there -- friends of Bobby's -- tried to scatter. "Some turned into Batman, some turned into Spider-Man, climbing the walls," he said. "Some tried to turn into Invisible Man and hid between walls."
Fourteen other people were also arrested that night. Sha was put in cuffs as the cops searched the studio, but not ultimately arrested.
Before the chaos began, Bobby had been playing his new music -- "some next-level shit," Sha called it. "I guess it was a going-away party, right?" he said "Without even knowing it."
The entire profile is worth reading, as it is an in-depth exploration that spans the pre-fame and post-arrest life of 21-year-old, and includes quotes from Bobby himself. His trial is set to start in September.