Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:23 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 10, 2014 6:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Less than a week after being released from the State Penitentiary at Angola, rapper Torrence Hatch, also known as "Lil Boosie", made his first public appearance Monday in New Orleans.
Some of the rap industry's top entertainers were on hand, including Young Jeezy, Bun-B and Webbie.
Boosie was serving time at Angola on drug charges. Today, he opened up about life, God, and his future in a one-on-one interview.
"Prison made me stronger," Lil Boosie said. "I got closer to God in prison, made me stronger mentally, increased by hustle to make money and made me wiser as far as life and reality on things I gotta do, if I want to be the world star I'm capable of being."
Two years ago, Lil Boosie was acquitted on charges he hired someone to murder several people after a jury determined there wasn't enough evidence to convict him.
"I'm glad the verdict is not guilty," Lil Boosie said.
Although he hasn't determined where he will plant roots, Lil Boosie said he won't be moving back to Baton Rouge. He'll be in New Orleans for the foreseeable future.
"I've got a lot of big things my way," Lil Boosie said. "I'm so blessed."
Parenting his seven children is something Lil Boosie intends to focus on now, and News 2 asked him about a "welcome home" video that spread on the internet in which his young daughter shouted profanities.
"I wasn't excited about the language at all," Lil Boosie said. "She was excited that her daddy come home, when people said he wasn't. I didn't whip her. She's a straight 'A' student."
As far as Boosie's critics, he had this message:
"I would just tell them I wish them the best, and hope they wish me the best also," Lil Boosie said.
Lil Boosie said he while in prison he wrote 1,018 songs, and that he's has been in the recording studio each night since his release. He has two performances scheduled soon in New Orleans and Lafayette.
Hatch will be in court this Thursday for a procedural hearing.