Rapper Boosie Badazz sits down for an exclusive interview as he opens up about his kidney cancer diagnosis.
Torrence Hatch (born November 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Boosie Badazz, formerly Lil Boosie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hatch was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family, and he was raised in Southside Baton Rouge. As Boosie, he has released Six or Seven regular studio albums while contributing to a number of mixtapes and compilations.
Hatch served time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary from 2009–14, having been sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to drug charges. He was released early on March 5, 2014. On October 20, 2014, Lil’ Boosie changed his name to “Boosie Badazz”.
2013: Name change to “Boosie Badazz”
In January 2013 Lil Boosie spoke on his prison sentence and said,
I have about 500 songs at the moment. I feel that I’m making the best music I’ve ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it’s been crazy the last three years. I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn’t even say it’s hip hop music. My music is ‘reality rap’. Hip hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can’t make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap.
On September 13, 2013 it was reported that judges related to his case agreed to return his hard drives and his computers. The equipment contained a lot of music he had recorded before going to jail. Jeff Weiss, who covered Boosie’s trial for Rolling Stone, reported that Boosie’s attorneys believe that he will be released within the next five months. On March 10, 2014, Boosie made his first comments to the public following his release from prison. During the press conference he revealed his new record deal with Atlantic Records. His first single released would be “Show Da World” with Webbie. Lil Boosie was feature on “Wuda Cuda Shuda” by 2 Chainz, “Beat Up the Block” by Dorrough Music, “Face Down” by DJ Mustard, “Beez Like” by Young Jeezy, “Jet Fuel” by T.I., “Made Me” (Remix) by Snootie Wild.
In October 2014, Boosie changed his stage name to Boosie Badazz. and explained in a May 2015 interview with Noisey: “I got tired of just people, grown men, like “What up Lil Boosie?” No, I’m grown. It should be Mr.! You know, I’m Boosie Badazz. I’m a dad, man. Just take the shit off! That’s how I was feeling … Boosie Badazz is just like, more people say Badazz when they see me than Boosie, so I just stuck with the Boosie Badazz