Lil Boosie was born
Torrence Hatch in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 14, 1983, he was
bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family and was raised on W. Garfield
St. in a ghetto in the mean streets of south side Baton Rouge (SSB).
Growing up, Boosie was hardened by the many difficult experiences he was
put through. His neighborhood, notorious for drugs and violence, was a
place feared by the general population. To outsiders, it was a jungle,
to residents, it was life. Boosie got very involved in basketball to
stay off the streets, and was actually expected to move on to college
At 14 years old, Boosie moved in to live with his grandmother after his
father was murdered over drugs. Growing up with no father figure and
without a strong guiding hand, Boosie turned to drugs and crime. After
being expelled from school, Boosie picked up freestyling and began to
get serious about his music. Living in the 225, Boosie had no contacts,
no real means of exposure. Lil Boosie teamed up with Baton Rouge rapper
C-Loc in the late 1990s and made his debut on C-Loc's 5th album, "It's a
Gamble", which also featured Three Six Mafia, South Park Mexican, and
the rest of the Concentration Camp. This album was a saving grace for
C-Loc, as he was slowly losing popularity. Releasing this album put him
back in the spotlight, as he had a new young tallented rapper at his
side. Baton Rouge couldn't get enough. Shortly afterwards, Boosie
released his debut CD, "Youngest of the Camp", which sold over 10,000
units and featured fellow up and coming Baton Rouge rapper Max Minelli,
which was exactly what boosie needed to jump start his career. The album
spread like wildfire, every hood in Baton Rouge had flyers up for it,
everybody was playing it.
After the incarceration, Boosie once again turned back to the streets.
Ultimately, his behavior led to him also being incarcerated. At this
point, Boosie felt as though he was a failure. However, fate lent Boosie
a hand, and Boosie had an opportunity to join an up and coming record
label called Trill Entertainment aka Trill Ent which was backed by
Pimp-C of UGK. Trill signed Boosie and assisted him in bring his legal
issues to an end. Soon after, Boosie and Trill independently released
the CD "For my Thugs" under TrillEnt. This release went on to sell over
15,000 copies. Later in the summer of 2003, Boosie co-starred with one
of his label-mates, Webbie, on the album "Ghetto Stories" which also
went on to sell well over 15,000 copies.
Again paired up with Webbie, Lil Boosie's 2004 release, "Gangsta Musik"
is what really gained him popularity. This CD featured the ever popular
songs "Swerve" (which later made an appearance in the movie "Hustle and
Flow"), "Give Me That", and "Bad Bitch". This was Boosie's first really
popular album, actually penetrating the borders of Louisiana and
reaching far beyond.
Boosie's talent was now undeniable, and he caught the eye of some
Universal Records representatives. In late January of 2005, Boosie
signed a deal with Universal, and released the CD "Boosie Bad Azz". This
album, backed and promoted by Universal Records, was his strongest yet.
Boosie continues to gain popularity at an astonishing rate, and shows no
sign of stopping soon. He's just getting started.