Rapper Bobby Shmurda has been released from prison after spending 6 years behind bars

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In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, Bobby Shmurda performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, Bobby Shmurda performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Scott Roth/Invision/AP
  • Rapper Bobby Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, has been released from prison.

  • Pollard spent six years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons and conspiracy charges.

  • Prosecutors had said he had a leading roll in the GS9 gang, an offshoot of the Crips in Brooklyn.

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Bobby Shmurda has been released from prison after spending more than six years behind bars.

The Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was released from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, at 8:30 a.m., and "will be under community supervision in Kings County until he completes his sentence on February 23, 2026," the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS) said in a statement shared with Insider.

A spokesperson for Pollard told Insider that rapper Quavo, of the trio Migos, picked Pollard up from the prison.

Pollard is now with his mother in Long Island, and has his first probation hearing next week, the spokesperson said.

In video shared on Twitter after his release, Pollard can be seen smoking a cigar while chatting with a friend on FaceTime.

Quavo also shared a video on Twitter, showing Pollard stepping out of a plane being greeted by a group of people.

The rapper, known for songs including "Shmurda Dance" and "Hot N----," was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to weapons possession and conspiracy charges tied to a violent drug gang.

Prosecutors said at the time that Pollard had a leading roll in the GS9 gang, an offshoot of the Crips in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood, The New York Times reported.

Pollard was arrested in New York in December 2014, and investigators said they found crack cocaine and two handguns in the car he was riding in.

He was released from prison about 10 months early, and was initially told he would be held until December 11, 2021, the maximum expiration of his sentence.

A parole committee reviewed his case earlier this year and determined he was eligible for conditional release for good behavior, the Associated Press reported at the time.

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