Lil Boosie Biography
Growing Up In South Baton Rouge Louisiana
Lil Boosie entered the world on November 14, 1983, in the town of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the given name of Torrence Hatch. He was given the nickname "Boosie" by his family and it has done him well as it's a catchy name that everyone liked, and would continue with him all the way to being part of his stage name when he started making music. He grew up surrounded by challenges and experiences that helped him develop a strong personality and the ability to deal with a lot of different situations. Where he grew up and lived on West Garfield Street in the southern part of Baton Rouge was a place where everybody did what they could to just survive.
Lil Boosie grew up with an early introduction to the harsh realities of the streets: violent crime, gang members, and more. His experiences as a young child are not what most children are exposed to. Boosie's home area in South Baton Rouge had a reputation, and even people who didn't know it well still hesitated to come visit there. People living in that neighborhood just did whatever they had to when it came to their own safety, or that of their families.
Lil Boosie's Dad Dies
One of the choices Torrence made to stay out of trouble was to become
involved in sports, basketball being his specialty. There have been
some claims posted around the internet over the years by people, who
knew "" when he was younger and playing basketball, that claim he
was extraordinary player. Many people say his ability on the basketball
court would have landed him on a team if he'd gone to college.
When he was 14 years old, Lil Boosie had to deal with his father's death in what was referred to as a drug-related murder. This sort of tragedy is high stress for any age teen to deal with, and fortunately Boosie was able to move in and live with his grandmother. After losing his father Lil Boosie was like many youngster without a positive male influence in his life.
Torrence Hatch Becomes the "Bad Azz"
He soon became entangled in the world of violence and drugs. His
involvement in drugs got him expelled from his high school, but he
turned that into his motivation to find other things to be involved in
- music was his calling. It was when he became involved performing
freestyle rap, and found a way of expressing himself through music,
that Torrence Hatch was reborn as "Boosie Bad Azz" to the world.
At the beginning of his involvement with music, no one would give him any support or endorse him in any way. Finally Boosie was able to make an appearance on LA rap artist (who was also from Baton Rouge) C-Loc's album and the song, "It's A Gamble," which also had other artists involved like Concentration Camp, South Park Mexican, and Triple 6 Mafia (now known as Three 6 Mafia). Needless to say, after coming out of the 225 in Louisiana, Torrence Hatch was trying to gain as much public exposure as possible.
Lil Boosie Albums
In 2000 it was his enthusiasm for creating music that got him a project
named "Youngest of the Camp," which went to sales of more than 10,000
copies. With this album Boosie finally got the exposure to people of
his very real presence in hip hop. Quite a few of the featured artists
on "Youngest in the Camp" were from his hometown, Max Minelli being one
of them. Because people knew Boosie's background that he was a real
dude who had gone through the same kinds of struggles growing up that
they had, they respected his work and started loving it. Actually there
was a lot of independent promotional work done by the fans that helped
him - especially those around his neighborhood.
From that point on Lil Boosie continued creating his music even while he was dealing with tough times in his personal life. Not allowing himself to become discouraged, he stayed motivated while staying focused on his goals and finally received a job offer from the record label, Trill Entertainment, and was cosigned by a member who happened to be part of the celebrated rap duo, UGK (Underground Kingz) at that time, the late Pimp C.
Lil Boosie, Webbie, & Trill Entertainment
In 2003 Boosie produced an album called "For My Thugs" on Trill Ent.
which was released independently and then proceeded to go on to
generate sales of over 15,000 copies. When he started at Trill
Entertainment in 2003 he met another artist, Webbie (aka Webster
Grandney, Jr.) and began collaborating with on him on a regular basis.
Amazing things happened when Webbie and Lil Boosie got together and did
"Ghetto Stories," an album that went on to earn over $15,000.
While Lil Boosie continued to pay attention to his music, he also decided to partner with Webbie once more on "Gangsta Musik," and found it gained him tremendous attention once again. Stand out songs from that album included "Realest They Come," "Out Here Grindin," as well as one featuring Lil Wayne - "Louisianimal." One of the songs on the album, "Swerve" was used on the soundtrack for the movie, "Hustle and Flow," which was an extremely well received rap movie, and the album proceeded to sell really well because of acclaim generated for the movie and the songs. Both Boosie and Webbie put their time and effort in this project and the result was rap fans throughout the US and soon the entire world, became aware of hip-hop legend Lil Boosie.
Lil Boosie Pictures
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