Lil Boosie and the Lack of Hood Heroes

I am entirely too happy that the Lil Boosie talk has died down. Yes, I said it.

When Torrence Hatch was finally released from prison, I was actually glad. To me, it was another person released from the clutches of the prison system. Not only that, it was a person that had talent renown across the country. Plus, Lil Boosie has children to take care of. So, having him released from prison would probably signal a win for his family, friends, and many of his hip hop fans.

But that tide took a questionable turn as soon as he was released. As happy as the situation was, there seemed to be way too much attention drawn to the situation. While people had the right to be happy, I found it troubling that so many took their happiness too far. People made it seem like Lil Boosie is a war hero that was released after the antagonist of all of our African American angst placed him behind bars for being a king for his people. It seems as, once Torrence Hatch was released from prison, the hood wanted to throw him a ticker tape parade.

And I’m not completely sure as to “why” they feel this way.

The Lil Boosie Reaction

The problem is that people treated Lil Boosie like he was a great contributor to the state of Black America. When Bun B noted that “They [Fans] waited for Mandela… They waited for Pac, and they waited for Lil Boosie”, I was almost stuck in a state of confusion [1].

And then there was the Jason Weaver Response. Jason Weaver equated his disgust with the madness quite thoroughly:

Ok so…. I see a lot ppl on IG posting stuff about Lil Boosie gettin out of prison, talmbout “Welcome Home” “Boosie Back” and all kinds of other coon shit. Listen man, no disrespect to Boosie or anyone else for that matter who has ever been incarcerated, but the problem I have with the IG posts regarding him gettin out is it’s being displayed like it’s some kind of thing to celebrate. I’m sorry man, but why can’t we celebrate young black men who have stayed OUT of prison?

I’m not judging Boosie or any other individual who may have faced similar circumstances. It would sure be cool though if we posted more pics of our young brothas receiving high school diplomas, college degrees, and cool shit like that instead of a playa gettin out of prison mane. I’m about celebrating milestones in young black men’s lives that we can REALLY be proud of! Like for real… C’mon son!! Sorry for the rant, but I just had to say it. #KanyeShrug [2]


To be honest, I could not have said it better myself. There comes a time in which we have to realize that we are celebrating the wrong thing. Then again, I have my doubts on that overall realization in the first place.

Damn shame, I must say. Damn shame.

The Lil Boosie Understanding

This entire situation only reveals that too many people in the hood lack heroes. I must concur that Lil Boosie does make quality hood music. However, what is this man’s great contribution to society as a whole? I am still questioning the celebration of a man that got himself put into prison for doing things the common person would consider “stupid”. Is this what we have evolved (or devolved) into? Are we here to make a hero out of someone that actually hasn’t made any significant change to the way we think and act as a people?

Lil Boosie did not fight apartheid just to go to prison. So, he is no Mandela.

Lil Boosie did not actually make music that inspired people to keep their heads up. So, he is no 2Pac.

Lil Boosie is Lil Boosie.

And we need to question what the hell is wrong with us when we overly celebrate the release of people from prison that actually worked hard to get themselves there. I, myself, am no fan of the prison system; it is basic institutionalized slavery. However, it should seem weird to be ecstatic about the release of someone that deliberately put their own self in prison. I know that people should be happy. Still, we need to be more cognizant of what, and why, we celebrate.