Following his early release from a drug-related prison sentence in 2014, Lil Boosie headed straight to the studio to begin work on a new album, his first since 2010's Incarcerated reached the Top 10 while he was, well, incarcerated. Known as the "Tupac of the South," the southern rapper is no stranger to controversy, but his dedicated fans have been unwavering in their support, launching a formidable "Free Boosie" campaign while he was behind bars . Eschewing the got-it-flaunt-it mantra of mainstream rap in favor of cold hard look at the struggle of life, Boosie is nothing if not real, and fans of telling it like it is are ecstatic for his return to the stage in 2014.
Born and raised in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Lil Boosie received his nickname from his parents, both fans of '70s funk icon Bootsy Collins. After cutting his teeth as a member of rap group Concentration Camp in his early teens, Boosie made his solo debut in 2000 with Youngest of Da Camp, recorded when he was just 17. The album was an underground hit, earning him regional recognition and paving the way for the success of 2006's Bad Azz, which peaked at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart. Following an arrest for drug charges in 2008, Boosie's next two albums both reached the Top 10 while he was serving time, earning him comparisons to Tupac. Riding high after his early release from prison, Boosie thrilled ticket buyers with the announcement of tour dates in 2014.