NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Less than a week after being released from prison, Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie stepped up to the mic to talk to his fans through the media.
Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, took the stage and sat in one of two golden thrones. He told the audience that while in prison, he wrote more than 1,000 songs.
"Incarceration made me a better artist," said Lil Boosie. "I write my songs on what I've been through and now I have more to write about."
The first topic he spoke about was what he did as soon as he was released from prison.
"First thing I did when I was released was go to Baton Rouge and pick up my children," he said.
Before Lil Boosie spoke to the crowd, his attorney made a few comments.
"His release is not without conditions," his lawyer said. "He may be on probation next four years."
There was a lot of police and security present for the event, along with a photographer from Atlantic Records. Atlantic Records scheduled the news conference before Lil Boosie was released from prison.
Lil Boosie walked out of prison a free man last week, after being locked up for more than four years on drug charges. A native of Baton Rouge, Lil Boosie has fans worldwide. Many of them commonly used the term "Free Boosie" during his incarceration and some continue to say it.
Minutes after a post on Twitter about Lil Boosie being set free, it was re-tweeted thousands of times. Before long, the tweet about Lil Boosie's release was trending worldwide. It showed up in places like Nigeria, France, Germany and Ireland.
He made big headlines in 2012 when he went on trial for murder, accused of ordering the killing of Terry Boyd. Prosecutors called 27 witnesses over six days. The defense rested its case without calling a single witness.
As the jury got the case, courthouse security in downtown Baton Rouge was at levels rarely seen, with streets blocked off and a heavy police presence. It took nine men and three women only an hour of deliberating to find Lil Boosie not guilty of murder.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections, on the day of his release, had the rapper's official release date listed as May 20, 2014. He is expected to be on parole until 2018.