Bobby Shmurda rode his single ‘Hot N****a’ to a top 10 spot on Billboard magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ chart and a deal with Epic Records. But his fortunes took a sharp turn in December of 2014, when the 20-year-old Brooklyn, New York rapper and more than a dozen others were charged in a 69-count indictment for a list of crimes including murder and narcotics dealing.
Shmurda, whose given name is Ackquille Pollard, had his first hearing Friday in a Manhattan, New York court. According to reports by XXL, the rapper and members of his GS9 crew pleaded not guilty to all charges brought forth. The charges originally fell under New York’s ambiguous ‘gang conspiracy’ law.
In addition to Friday’s hearing, Bobby Shmurda reportedly posted $2 million bond, according to the New York Post’s ‘Page Six’ column. The posting means the rapper could be a free man as soon as Monday. He is next set to appear in court on April 22.