Rapper Lil Boosie was arrested on May 6, 2023, by the San Diego Police for the illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, as well as three other charges. The rapper is currently out on bail and pending a hearing as to whether the charges will be dropped or taken to trial. After his release, the rapper, who was in San Diego to shoot a music video, was seen at a local concert encouraging the crowd to chant against the police.
He urged the crowd to chant:
F**k San Diego Police
The rapper's arrest this year follows a long string of incidents with the police and several arrests in the past decade.
Explaining Lil Boosie's arrest charges
Lil Boosie's illegal possession of a firearm charge, as stated in the San Diego Police records, falls under the California Penal Code section 29800. This prohibits the possession of a firearm by felons, drug addicts, and persons convicted of certain types of misdemeanors.
In Lil Boosie's case, the charge under the felon clause of section 29800, states:
"A conviction under CPC §§23515 the penalty for conviction under CPC §29800 may be a term of up to three (3) years in a state prison; OR, a fine of up to $10,000; OR, Both imprisonment and a fine."
Lil Boosie is also facing a charge for concealed carry of a firearm, which is prohibited under California Penal Code section 25400. The penalties the 40-year-old might face if convicted include another three-year prison sentence as well as a $10,000 fine.
The third charge faced by the American rapper is possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, under the California Penal Code 30305(a)(1) PC. The penalty, if convicted, is stated to be a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of $10,000 or both.
Lastly, the rapper was also charged with the unlawful possession of a registered firearm under Californian Penal Code Section 25850. If convicted, this charge carries a three-year-long prison sentence and a lifetime restriction from possessing a firearm.
Tracing Lil Boosie and his career
Torrence Ivy Hatch Jr, better known by his stage name, Lil Boosie, was born on November 14, 1982, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The rapper grew up on West Garfield Street and was introduced to rapper C-Loc by his cousin Young Dee.
Boosie began his career in 2000 and achieved his first chart success with his third studio album, Bad Azz, which was released on October 24, 2006. The album was a major chart hit, peaking at number 18 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Following the success of his third studio album, Lil Boosie released his fourth studio album, Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz, on September 15, 2009. The album continued the rapper's streak of chart success, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his second-highest chart success ever.
The rapper released his fifth studio album, Incarcerated, on September 28, 2010. The album was not as successful as his fourth studio album and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
The rapper achieved critical acclaim with his sixth studio album, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, which was released on May 26, 2015. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart upon release.
While the rapper is currently out on bail, his case is pending a hearing as to whether the charges will be dropped or taken to trial.