Boosie Badazz Allegedly Shot In The Leg During Confrontation In Dallas
Boosie Badazz has reportedly been shot in the leg on Saturday during a trip to Dallas according to a report by TMZ.
The 38-year-old rapper and his entourage were fired upon in the parking lot of the shopping mall Big T’s Plaza. Boosie was in the Texas city to pay his respects to the late rapper Mo3, who was shot and killed while driving on Interstate 35 on Wednesday.
Boosie had reportedly been driving through Dallas in a sprinter van before the shooting at the mall. After the shooters opened fire on the van, the musician was struck below the knee and taken to a hospital.
TMZ and other sources confirmed that Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz (formerly Lil Boosie) was shot in Dallas Saturday afternoon and was being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. The injuries are reportedly non-life-threatening, and he is in stable condition.
According to various accounts, Boosie was in town to pay respects to close friend, collaborator and protégé rapper Mo3, who was killed last Wednesday, at a vigil held at Dallas City Hall. The Baton Rouge hip-hop legend was shot near Big “T” Plaza, a southwest Dallas flea market, but police have not disclosed any other details.
TMZ further reported that the injury is not life-threatening and members of the Dallas Police Department reportedly reached the scene after both Boosie and the shooters had fled.
A video circulating on social media following the shooting claims that Boosie was not injured in the shootout while sharing footage of the parking lot the shooting allegedly happened in, though not while the rapper was present.
However, the clip doesn’t list any sources for its claims, and police have said that he was injured and is being treated at a hospital.
According to Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA, Boosie has provided little information to police since entering the hospital.
On Friday night, Boosie was seen surrounded by fans at a different Dallas venue as he paid tribute to his friend and former collaborator Mo3.
Boosie Badazz is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hatch began rapping in the 1990s as a member of the hip hop collective Concentration Camp, eventually pursuing a solo career in 2000 with the release of his debut album Youngest of da Camp.
One glimpse at Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz’s schedule will tell you he’s a businessman on a mission. It’s his everyday battle with cancer and also diabetes that you can’t always see.
What fans witness on any given night of a Boosie performance is an artist who is passionate and dedicated to his craft. But off stage, beyond the bright lights, live mics and the fog of smoky nightclubs, Boosie, given name Torrence Hatch, battles each day to keep going.
Despite that, Boosie Badazz remains as tough as his moniker and is keeping his health at the forefront.
“Right now, I’m probably healthier than I’ve ever been,” Boosie said by phone. “I’m just trying to stay out here and keep doing what I’m doing, but, you know, the things that I be going through, it just makes me stronger. I never fold. All this s— that come on me … it just makes me stronger. I been going through this my whole life.”
Boosie, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, gained popularity in the early 2000s after signing with Pimp C’s Trill Entertainment. There, Boosie, known as Lil Boosie at the time, collaborated with artist Webbie, and the two released their first hit collaboration album, Ghetto Stories, in 2003. After the popularity of the first album, a second collaboration album, Gangsta Musik, was released the following year. Boosie’s solo album, Bad Azz, was released in 2006.
“My music, it does more than make people jump or bob their heads,” Boosie said. “It touches people. … My fans see me and they cry to me. I’m a friend to my fans, and that’s that different music. You can make music that makes you jump, but you’re gonna get tired of dancing. When you make music that sits with people and make people think, it’s different. I have a crazy following, and my fans love the s— out of me. You can’t tell them nothing about Boosie.”
As Boosie climbed to new heights in his career, trouble soon followed. In 2009, the rapper was jailed and sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to a marijuana possession charge and probation violation. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle drugs into prison, which added eight years to his sentence, according to NOLA.com.
His sentencing prompted the social media campaign #FreeBoosie, started for and by fans who believed the rapper’s sentencing was too much. After serving five years, Boosie was released from prison in March 2014 and immediately got back to work as if he’d never stepped out of the scene.
“Jail made me smarter business-wise,” Boosie said. “I had to read books on music. I had to sit back and find ways to make it through. I’m way smarter than I was hood-wise also. I don’t do certain s— that I would’ve done back in the day. Once you get a little older, you wise up. Jail made me sharper and made me a more successful person.”