Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel, members of GS9, had the world buzzing in the summer of 2014. The crew’s first hit single, “Hot Nigga,” dropped in March of 2014, but began to gain attention on a major level a few months later, in the early summer. These two young kids were so influential with the music they put out that the video went viral, and everybody wanted to Shmoney Dance. Celebrities from Rihanna to Justin Bieber to Drake were doing it. There are reports of DJ Camilo allegedly doing 10-minute sets of “Hot Nigga,” when spinning in various clubs, simply because the people asked for it.
The song and the dance were a stamp for New York City. It was a force of great energy and excitement. The Big Apple had eagerly been waiting for a smash anthem like that, especially because it appropriately depicted a New York City kid having fun.
Unfortunately, these moments of triumph came to an end too soon. On December 17, 2014, a total of 15 GS9 crew members, including Shmurda and Rebel, were arrested at the legendary Quad Studios in Times Square, early morning. Authorities confiscated 21 firearms and allegedly $52,000 worth of cocaine. Both Rebel and Shmurda have bails set at $2 million. Both turned down an eight-year plea deal, and the whole GS9 crew plead not guilty to all 69 charges levied against them.
Rebel called Revolt from prison, and spoke on his case and thoughts at the moment. Rebel claims his “spirits are good and that he “ain’t letting nothing drag [him] down.” From the tone of the interview, Rebel seems to be holding a strong poker face during his bid, and he seems to be very optimistic in regards to his accusations. He spoke on his upcoming mixtape called Shmoney Keeps Calling, and how it is due to drop soon! He gave the reasoning behind the album title, “Even though I’m locked up, that shit keeps calling me.”
Rebel also conveyed his feelings towards L.A. Reid and Epic Records not bailing them out. He didn’t expect for the record label to bail him out by stating, “We’re not the best of friends, they just signed us to their company.” He added, “They don’t owe us nothing.”
Rowdy Rebel (government name Chad Marshall) is still currently serving time at the George Motchan Detention Center, which is part of New York’s Riker’s Island compound. He will be detained in this facility until a verdict is reached. Rebel and Shmurda are both doing their bids in the same facility.
New York City and the hip-hop culture eagerly awaits Rebel’s new project. Until then fans will be screaming, “Free Shmurda” and “Free Rebel” until they do.