NEW YORK – Ackquille Pollard, who is better known as the rapper Bobby Shmurda, was released from Clinton Correctional Facility on Tuesday morning according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Originally scheduled to be released in December of 2021, the rapper was granted early release due to good behavior after serving six years of his seven-year sentence. The office reported in a statement that Shmurda will remain on parole and under supervision in Kings County until February 23, 2026.
The 26-year-old Pollard was initially arrested in December 2014 outside of a Midtown studio where police found two guns and crack cocaine in a car he was in; prosecutors claim he was one of the leading members in the GS9 gang of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time, he was 19 years old and was riding a wave of popularity after his song “Hot N—a” went viral, which led to a massive record deal with Epic Records (as of this writing, the label claims he is still signed to them). Pollard eventually accepted a plea deal in 2016.
On Monday, Shmurda posted a video on Instagram from the 1990 crime film “King of New York”, which featured Christopher Walken as a drug lord who planned to take over the crime underworld after being released from Rikers Island. In the caption, Shmurda wrote “How the f–k y’all forget about me?”
Another video clip on Tuesday morning showed Shmurda getting off a personal plane and being greeted by a small entourage.
“He’s home, thank you for your interest,” his uncle Garfield Pollard told the New York Daily News. “You can speak to him when his time is ready.”