Bobby Shmurda, born on August 4, 1994, is an American rapper and songwriter known as one of the pioneers of the Brooklyn drill and the man who introduced the Shmoney Dance. His popularity shot up rapidly in 2014 after the release of his platinum-certified single, ‘Hot Nigga,’ and he has since collaborated with over a dozen of fellow rappers and musicians. Although his career was temporarily deferred due to him having to serve jail time from 2014 to 2021, he quickly stood back up to his feet upon release and jumped into music once more to reach his fans. We invite you to celebrate his special day by retracing the amazing steps of his career.
Ackquille Jean Pollard, famous worldwide as Bobby Shmurda, was born in Miami, Florida, on August 4, 1994. His father is a Jamaican named Gervase Johnson, while his mother is an African-American named Leslie Pollard. After his father was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1995, Pollard moved with his mother to East Flatbush, Brooklyn. His childhood and adolescence could be considered bumpy as he was engaged in multiple fights and other charges, including being sent to detention for 15 months for violation of probation and gun charges. Nevertheless, Pollard found his passion in music at a young age. He already started rapping at 10 years old in 2004 and continued to do so until a decade later when he remixed a song by Crime Mob, ‘Knuck If You Buck’ in 2014.
Pollard rose to massive fame starting on July 25, 2014, when he released the single ‘Hot Nigga.’ With the instrumental from Lloyd Banks’ ‘Jackpot,’ the song immediately became viral, amassing one million views on YouTube within two months. It grabbed the number one spot on both the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts and the U.S. Rap, ranked sixth on the “Billboard” Hot 100, and finally received a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The Shmoney Dance he performed in the video became an online sensation, resulting in numerous Vines and dance challenges. Many rappers, including French Montana, Juicy J., Gunplay, T.I., and Lil’ Kim, created freestyles over the instrumental. This success resulted in Pollard signing into Epic Records, officially naming the song as his debut single under the label. In August 2014, ‘Hot Nigga’ received a reggae remix featuring Mavado, Popcaan, Junior Reid, and Jah X. It received an official remix on September 4, 2014, featuring Chris Brown, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Yo Gotti, and Rowdy Rebel. Pollard released another song, ‘Bobby Bitch,’ on September 30, 2014, once again entering the “Billboard” Hot 100 at number 92. It was followed by his debut E.P., “Shmurda She Wrote,” on November 10, 2014. This album ranked fifth on the U.S. Rap Chart, seventh on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and grabbed the 79th spot on the “Billboard” 200 Chart.
Pollard was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon in June 2014. Although he was bailed out for $10,000, he was arrested several months later. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with two years of credit, leaving five years of the sentence and another five years probation. His 2016’s scheduled debut studio album with Epic Records was postponed due to his jail time. Nevertheless, his imprisonment did not stop Pollard from continuing to make music. He wrote songs while still in detention and freestyled for fellow rapper Meek Mill in February 2017. On October 5, 2018, he was featured in 6ix9ine’s single ‘Stoopid’ by sending his lyrics through the prison’s telephone. Pollard was released from prison on February 23, 2021, and will be under parole until February 23, 2026. His first appearance at a concert took place on July 23, 2021, when he performed at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival. He released a new single, ‘No Time for Sleep (Freestyle)’ on September 3, 2021. On March 27, 2022, Pollard’s request for release from Epic Records was granted. In an interview post-prison with “G.Q.,” he said his next plan is to get into real estate and other ventures. As of 2022, Pollard has already garnered a massive social media audience with 5.7 million followers on Instagram, 1.5 million followers on Facebook, and 2.71 million subscribers on YouTube. His 2014 mega-hit, ‘Hot Nigga,’ on YouTube has been viewed more than 800 million times.
Pollard releases the single ‘Hot Nigga,’ which becomes viral instantly and makes him a trendsetter for the Shmoney Dance.
Pollard again places himself on the “Billboard” Hot 100 with a new single in September.
Under Epic Records, Pollard launches “Shmurda She Wrote.”
Pollard is released from prison and will be under parole until February 23, 2026.
Pollard makes his first appearance at a concert post-prison during Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.
Pollard’s request to be released from Epic Records is approved.
Why We Love Bobby Shmurda
He is a pioneer of his genre
There are a lot of amazing rappers, but few who introduced their unique points. Pollard not only shot to instant fame in 2014 and created a trend with his Shmoney Dance. He made a new concept with Rebel and the two became pioneers of the Brooklyn Drill music.
His creativity in the face of penalty
We can all agree that Pollard has done a lot of misconduct which led to his arrest and imprisonment. However, it remains a fact that his creativity and passion for music were not hindered behind bars, that he could still write lyrics in jail and phoned his verses for 6ix9ine's ‘Stoopid’ through the prison’s line.
He is an optimist
Pollard’s childhood and adolescence were not exactly smooth sailing, with frequent fights and a visit to detention. He understood well the difficulties of those raised in a similar environment to him. Nevertheless, he believed that when one has good energy, one would be able to bring a smile to everyone’s face, no matter where they are.
5 Surprising Facts
He spread the Shmoney Dance
Pollard’s Shmoney Dance was so popular it was replicated by many superstars, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Canadian rapper, Drake.
Pollard’s music inspiration comes from his favorite stars like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, 2 Pac, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Biggie Smalls, and Trick Daddy.
He is a grandma’s boy
Due to his father’s absence, Pollard’s grandmother helped to raise him alongside his mother.
His exclusive pick-up
Pollard’s fellow rapper, Quavo, personally picked him up from prison on the day of his release.
He is a jewelry enthusiast
Pollard is known to have a huge jewelry collection, including a big diamond chain, and on the first day of his release, he immediately went with Quavo to buy jewelry at Ice Box.
Bobby Shmurda FAQs
Is Bobby Shmurda an only child?
Pollard has a brother named Javese.
Who is Bobby Shmurda’s girlfriend?
Although there have been a few rumors regarding his current relationship, nothing has been confirmed so far, and Pollard is known to be single.
Is Bobby Shmurda still rich?
Had it not been for his criminal charges, it is believed that Pollard’s net worth would’ve surpassed one million dollars. However, with his current estimated net worth of $400.000, the rapper can still be considered rich since he has no qualms about shopping for jewelry on the first day of his prison release.
Bobby Shmurda’s birthday dates