Friday, May 11, 2012

The Trial of Lil Boosie

It's been far too long since I've posted anything here. Once you stop, too much happens and you don't know what will bring you back in. Rap music, Milwaukee, something involving Jews, the death of an important figure in the history of sandwiches? All are worth their own posts, their own blogs even. But, I return to the world of internet talking because I know, if it were not for this humble blog, too many of you dear readers would be unable or possibly, unwilling to keep up with the day to day proceedings of the Lil Boosie trial. And while far from the trial of the century, it is the most important rap music related court case currently happening right now in Baton Rouge, LA. I know most of you care not and will not to spend hours reading the Baton Rouge Advocate, or watching video of KSLA's (Baton Rouge's CBS affiliate) breathtaking coverage. Don't worry, I got you. This blog is for the people, and I've always been for the people hearing about what's going on with Lil Boosie.

  Lil Boosie - A Background on Genius
 Lil Boosie, for all you super uncool people that don't know anything about music, is a Baton Rouge hip-hop legend. He's not just a rapper from the south, he makes southern rap music. He raps about killing people, having sexual intercourse, and using and abusing all sorts of drugs in a jarringly high pitched voice. Imagine Neil Young being scraped through gravel and you're almost there. It's unlike anything in rap music. But aside form his unique voice and thugged out lyrics, Boosie Boosie has a real introspective side. He's not just celebrating the thug life, he puts it under a microscope, examining it, judging it, and never being afraid to expose its ugly side. Boosie frequently questions his own behavior, wondering how justifiable his actions really are. He raps about his fame with a level of honesty not seen in hip-hop. On "What About Me," Boosie asks why all other southern rappers were able to break out of their states but his fame seems confined in Lousiana. He worries the majors don't put money into his career because they're worried he be dead in a year.

  Rise to Fame

 In 2003, the late, great Pimp C signed him to his own label, Trill Entertainment, and released his first album, For My Thugz. Boosie teamed up with Webbie, and they made a few albums and charted a few hits. Swerve was in Hustle and Flow, and Webbie dropped Gimme That,a radio staple, which I can attest to, because I once heard it on the radio. Even then, widespread success eluded Boosie. He struggled to sell more records outside of the south, or even outside of his part of the south. His biggest hit, "Wipe Me Down," wasn't even his song, it is credited to Foxx, Boosie is just a featured rapper. But enough about the music.

 Right now Lil Boosie is on trial for the 2009 murder of Terry Boyd. Boosie was already in prison on a drug and gun charge when during the indictment. The prosecution argues Lil Boosie paid Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding $2,800 to kill a his rival Terry Boyd. Yeah, Marlo Mike got his nickname from HBO's very popular tv show Girls. So the prosecution alleges Boosie got a letter warning him Terry Boyd was going to "slap him and jack him" so Marlo Mike and his accmoplish Adrian Pittman shot him through his living room window. The defense argues this is all wrong, Terrance Hatch is a rapper who has cultivated an image to sell records. They argue Marlo Mike killed Boyd on Michael "Ghost" Judson, another Boosie accomplish who may or may not have been robbed by Boyd weeks earlier. But here's the twist, Marlo Mike and Michael "Ghost" Judson worked together to kill Chris "Nussie" Jackson, another Baton Rouge rapper was beefing with Boosie. Word on the street is that Boosie paid them $15,000 for the hit. And to complicate matters more, Michael Judson is also now dead and the cops have Marlo Mike as the prime suspect. But to be clear, Boosie is only being charged with Boyd's murder. The DA decided to aboandon the death penalty, and now he faces life. There's no DNA evidence connection Boosie to the murder, but, there is a taped jailhouse connfession of Marlo Mike telling the cops Boosie paid him for the hit.

  The Players

Terry Boyd - The deceased Marlo Mike - The Triggerman Lil Boosie - Rapper on trial for paying Marlo Mike to kill Terry Boyd DEctive Charles Johnson - Interogated and secured Marlo Mike's jailhouse confession Jason Williams - Boosie's defense attorney Hilary Moore - Baton Rouge DA


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