Lil Boosie

Biography

Torrence Hatch - more widely known by his stage name, Lil' Boosie - is a rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Boosie spent most of his childhood living in the notorious South Side of Baton Rouge; though a skilled basketball player and a decent student, Boosie dropped out of school and began to turn to drugs and crime to support himself after the death of his father. He began to experiment with rap on the side, mentored by fellow Louisiana rappers B.G. and C-Loc.

After spitting a few hot bars on C-Loc's legendary fifth album It's A Gamble, Boosie's fame began to spread outside the confines of Baton Rouge's 225 area code. After a brief run-in with the law in 2002 Boosie was bailed out of jail by UGK's Pimp C, who signed the talented rapper to his up-and-coming Trill Entertainment label, home to fellow Baton Rouge rapper Webbie. Lil' Boosie released a number of underground records and mixtapes on Trill (most notably 2003's For My Thugs, which sold tens of thousands of copies locally) before catching the attention of executives at Asylum Records.

Asylum records (a subsidiary of the Warner Brothers Music Group) signed Lil' Boosie to their roster in 2006, releasing his major label debut Bad Azz later that same year. A nationwide hit, Bad Azz sold over 750,000 copies - not bad for a relative newcomer. Fans nationwide dug Webbie's streetwise rhymes and distinctive, fast-paced nasal flow. The album produced one major hit, "Zoom" (featuring Atlanta rapper Yung Joc), which rose to the 14th spot on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.

As of 2008, Boosie - only 24 years old - is itching to follow up the success of Bad Azz with his sophomore release, Shoot Up, which is set to drop sometime in 2008. The first single for Shoot Up has been confirmed to be called "Workin For That Money".

From Lastfm:

Lil Boosie was born Torrence Hatch in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 14, 1983, he was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family and was raised on W. Garfield St. in a ghetto in the mean streets of south side Baton Rouge (SSB).

he likes to tell his life stories and how hard it was 4 him

Growing up, Boosie was hardened by the many difficult experiences he was put through. His neighborhood, notorious for drugs and violence, was a place feared by the general population. To outsiders, it was a jungle, to residents, it was life.

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