It’s been 5 years since Bobby Shmurda was first arrested on a laundry list of crimes, but his time in jail could be coming to an end in 2020. The Brooklyn rapper was sentenced to 7 years behind bars in 2016 after pleading guilty to third-degree conspiracy and weapons possession. Shmurda’s parole hearing is scheduled for August 2020, and if his parole is approved, Bobby will be released on December 11.

Bobby’s release may not be of the magnitude of Meek Mill’s most recent return from lock-up that made national headlines and started a dialogue on mass incarceration, but there’s something genuinely Hip-Hop about the story behind Bobby’s case and where he was in his career before he was locked up.

The 25-year-old loyalist was not sentenced alone. Fellow GS9 rapper Rowdy Rebel along with other associates were incarcerated as part of the same case. Rowdy was originally offered 12 years while Bobby was offered 5 years, but prosecutors agreed to give Rowdy 7 years if Bobby added 2 years in his plea deal, a deal that Shmurda accepted. Rowdy is also up for parole in August.

Bobby Shmurda was one of the hottest artists out when he was arrested in 2014. “Hot Ni**a” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard charts setting up success for his follow up single “Bobby B**ch” and launching Rowdy Rebel’s biggest record “Computers.”

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Leaving at his height looks like it’s going to benefit him and Rowdy upon release. Meek Mill, Migos, Travis Scott and many more big rappers have kept Bobby in their lyrics and tweets as his release date gets closer. Quavo actually hinted that a GS9 x Migos collab could be coming in 2020.

Also to his benefit, some of the hottest rappers out are from the same NYC borough. Names like Casanova, Young MA, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie kept the city hot while Bobby was gone setting up a craving for that neo-Brooklyn sound from rap fans.

There will only be 3 weeks left in 2020 when Bobby gets out meaning that it’s more likely we’ll see most of his music released in 2021, but the hype that’ll surround his parole hearing in August and the artists and producers who will want to link with the Epic signed artist will flood social media timelines the entire Fall season.

There won’t be one album release or Hip-Hop news story that will supersede Bobby’s release, and I say this knowing that Lil Uzi Vert is dropping Eternal Atake in 2020, Lil Wayne could be facing consequences for drugs and weapons possession two big events that could shake the culture.

Hip-Hop has been waiting on Bobby’s return and 2020 is the year it happens. Expect more news to come out on his release and music-related plans in the coming months.