Lil Boosie was born on November 14, 1983 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the name Torrence Hatch. At a young age, his family decided to call him “Boosie,” which served him well as it was a very catchy nickname that everybody took a liking to; this would eventually be adopted as part of his stage name. Boosie grew up in a very challenging environment and has developed a strong personality because of his experiences. In particular, he lived on W. Garfield Street in south Baton Rouge, which is clearly a place that everyone did what they could in order to survive.
As a youth, Lil Boosie was exposed to the hardcore street life: drug dealers, violence, gangs, etc. His sets of experiences are not something that most young children were exposed to. Most people that were not familiar with his territory in South Baton Rouge were afraid to visit the area. The people that lived there had to do what it took in order to keep themselves alive as well as their families. In order to keep himself out of trouble, Torrence got very involved with sports, particularly basketball. There are claims floating around the internet from people that know Boosie who have testified to the fact that he was a phenomenal basketball player. Some even say that he was good enough to play on a college team.
As a teenager, Lil Boosie faced a lot of hardship – when he was just 14 years old, his father was killed in a drug-related murder. This is a highly stressful event for any teen to go through; fortunately, he was able to move in with his grandma and live with her. Without having a father, Lil Boosie was a youth without any positive influence. He began getting involved in drugs and violence. Additionally, he was expelled from his high school for drugs, but used his expulsion as a motivator to get involved in other pursuits – mostly music. Torrence Hatch, also called “Boosie Bad Azz” began to freestyle rap and got heavily involved in creating music as a means of self-expression.
When he first began pursuing music, he had nobody to promote his act and received minimal showcasing. Eventually, Boosie made an appearance on fellow Baton Rouge, LA rap artist C-Loc’s album on the track “It’s A Gamble.” The song also featured other artists like South Park Mexican, Concentration Camp, and Triple 6 Mafia (now known as Three 6 Mafia). Coming straight out of the 225 in Louisiana, Torrence Hatch was trying to get as much exposure as he could. He enjoyed making music so much that he was able to release a project entitled “Youngest of the Camp,” which sold over 10,000 copies in 2000. The album was perfect for getting people exposed to his hip hop presence. “Youngest in the Camp” featured other artists from his hometown of Baton Rouge like Max Minelli. Due to the fact that people knew Boosie was a real dude and went through similar struggles on the streets, people respected his work and began really liking it. In fact, there was a ton of independent promotion from fans that helped him – especially around his neighborhood.
Lil Boosie kept grinding with his music thereafter, but went through a lot of deep personal issues. After persisting many times and getting himself motivated to achieve more, Boosie was offered a position working with the Trill Entertainment record label, which happened to be cosigned by the late Pimp C of the legendary rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz). He put out an album in 2003 on Trill Ent which was called “For My Thugs.” This was released on an independent basis and managed to sell over 15,000 copies. In the same year (2003), Torrence worked with the artist Webbie (Webster Gradney, Jr.) – who also happened to be signed to TrillEnt. The two artists Lil Boosie and Webbie went on to release the album “Ghetto Stories” which also sold well over 15K.
Lil Boosie stayed focus on his music and decided that he was going to put out another album with Webbie called “Gangsta Musik” which got him a lot of attention. Stand out songs included: “Bad Bitch,” “Swerve,” as well as “Gimme That” featuring Bun B. Incidentally, the song “Swerve” went on to be featured on the soundtrack for the popular rap movie entitled “Hustle and Flow.” This album sold a lot more copies due to the sheer nationwide popularity of the songs that were included on it. A lot of hard work went into their project and rap fans across the United States and entire world began to hear of Lil Boosie.
The personnel at Universal Records began to see the potential in an artist like Lil Boosie to do big numbers. Lil Boosie ended up signing with Universal Records in January of the year 2005. In 2006, he put out the highly-popular album entitled “Boosie Bad Azz.” The people at Unversal fully promoted this project and it turned out to be one of the most widely appealing albums of his career; all of his fans and rap listeners alike fell in love with the song “Zoom” featuring Yung Joc. He kept building up his skills on the microphone and working late nights in order to record tracks. In 2007, Boosie released an exceptional song called “Wipe Me Down” featuring Foxx and Webbie.
The song “Wipe Me Down” was a huge hit and was in fact one of Lil Boosie’s most popular song to date. It climbed the hip hop charts across America and nobody could resist its overall hotness and mainstream appeal. The track would go on to be included on the project “Trill Fam: Survival of the Fittest” which was released on Trill Entertainment in 2007. The album climbed to #17 on the charts, and helped Boosie gain the widespread popularity for which he had long strived. Although he didn’t release a major album in 2008, he did put together the “Streetz Iz Mine mixtape” with DJ Drama. He did not stop creating music either – he was featured on top collaborations such as: “Out Here Grindin’” by DJ Khaled (featuring Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Trick Daddy, Plies, and Ace Hood) on his album “We Global” as well as on the song “Independent” by Webbie on his album Savage Life 2.
On September 11, 2009, Lil Boosie released the album “SuperBad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz” through Trill Entertainment. The premier single from the album was “Better Believe It” featuring Young Jeezy and Webbie. Other songs like “My Avenue” featuring Lil Phat and Lil Trill, and “Loose as a Goose” featuring Foxx and Mouse have gained a lot of popularity by fans. It seems as though all signs point to a bright future for the Bad Azz. Life has not been easy for Lil Boosie though, he has battled legal troubles and has had to cope with diabetes.
According to external sources, rapper Lil Boosie was arrested on October 22, 2008 in which police discovered some marijuana, a gun, in addition to an unidentified drug in his car. He ended up pleading guilty to the third-degree possession of marijuana in September of 2009 and was given a two year prison sentence. His judge, James Moore decided to increase his jail term from just 2 years to 4 years after hearing that he was in violation of his probation. Throughout time when he was involved in court cases, he was put under house arrest and surveillance was conducted with an electronic monitor. As of 2009, he is in jail, but remains optimistic about his future.