Are Bobby Shmurda and Bella Shmurda related? Fans demand 'Cash App' remix after former's release from prison

Rapper Bobby Shmurda was released from a New York prison after serving six years of his seven-year sentence and now fans wish him to collaborate with 'Cash App' singer Bella Shmurda

                            Are Bobby Shmurda and Bella Shmurda related? Fans demand 'Cash App' remix after former's release from prison
Bobby Shmurda (left) was released from prison on February 23 and Bella Shmurda (Getty Images and Instagram)

After serving more than seven years, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda has been released from prison on February 23, 2021. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has confirmed in a released statement that the acclaimed rapper was conditionally released from Clinton Correctional Facility, Dannemora, New York. After his release from prison, fans of the rapper started to link him with a Nigerian rapper Akinbiyi Abiola, who goes by the stage name Bella Shmurda.

Bobby Shmurda is known for his viral song ‘Hot [expletive]’. Whereas Bella Shmurda released a song ‘Cash App’ featuring Zanky Records Boss, Zlatan, and Lincoln, and now fans are demanding the duo collaborate to release the official remix of the ‘Cash App’ song.


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Who is Bobby Shmurda?

Ackquille Jean Pollard, professionally known as Bobby Shmurda, is a Miami, Florida-born rapper and songwriter. The first song that Shmurda remixed was Crime Mob’s ‘Knuck If You Buck’. However, he got international recognition after the release of his 2014 song ‘Hot [expletive]’. The video song of ‘Hot [expletive]’ quickly went viral on YouTube. His signature dance steps from the video became an internet meme and were even featured in numerous popular Vines from the latter half of 2014. Jay-Z and Beyonce even replicated Shmurda’s dance steps during their On The Run Tour.

Rapper Bobby Shmurda (Getty Images)

Following the success of his viral dance steps, Shmurda signed to Epic Records to officially release the ‘Hot [expletive]’ song. The song topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of February 2021, the song has over 690 million views on YouTube.

In 2014, Shmurda was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. As per the police statements, he was reportedly flashing the gun in an apartment, and when the authorities went to investigate, he tried to hide it inside a couch. He was later set free on a $10,000 bail. However, he was later arrested along with 14 others on conspiracy to commit murder, drug and gun possession, and reckless endangerment.


In September 2016, Shmurda pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He later smuggled a prison shiv, which added another four years to his sentence. His conditional release date was set for December 11, 2020, by his parole board, but after he was denied parole, he was ordered to serve the full sentence and be released on December 11, 2021. However, after a review by the Department of Corrections, Shmurda was released on February 23, 2021, under supervision from fellow community members in Kings County, New York.

“Thank you for remaining loyal and for riding this six-year sentence out with me,” Shmurda wrote in an Instagram Story prior to his release. “I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon.”


Who is Bella Shmurda?

Akinbiyi Abiola, who goes by his stage name Bella Shmurda, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He came to media attention after singing the remix of the ‘Vision 2020’ song with YBNL Nation boss, Olamide.

As per reports, Bella was born on February 20, 1997, and grew up in Ketu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Before getting signed to the YBNL label, he studied at the Lagos State University (LASU). Over the last couple of years, Bella has received several songs that made an online sensation. His songs ‘Boi Bella’, ‘No mind dem’, and ‘Flex’ has received love from the online community. In October 2020, Bella’s ‘Cash app’ was released on several streaming platforms.

The lyrics go: “Sho ni C-C, Load am Cash App, Cashout / O ni maga Bill Am, Small money, Ball out / Usain Bolt, Run am / You getti sure client, Lock am / If e no get money leave am, EFCC bo o Japa”.


After Bobby’s release from prison, fans are trying to link him with Bella. However, it should be noted here that these two acclaimed rappers and songwriters are not related by any means other than Bella considers Bobby his inspiration. In one of his earlier interviews, Bella talked about his stage name and why he idolized Bobby.

“My name is Abiola, so I got the Bella from there. At a time, Bobby Shmurda was my favorite artist because he had a carefree attitude. He was young with the swag, nonchalant attitude. I put Shmurda with Bella, so it made me sound African and urban,” Bella was quoted as saying.

'Cash App' remix

One fan tweeted, "RT.. If you want to see Bobby shmurda and Bella shmurda to do the remix of Cash App together!" While another tweeted: "Bella shmurda and bobby shmurda to give us hit soon". Another resonated a similar thought, "Bobby Shmurda and Bella Shmurda need to link up, for the culture!" Another wrote: "I think say Bella Shmurda na Bobby Shmurda runaway sister that is based in Nigeria before I found out Bella na man". While another tweeted: "so, Bobby Shmurda isn't Bella Shmurda's brother or sister?" Another talked about a possible 'Cash App' remix, "they’ve released Bella Shmurda’s twin Bobby Shmurda from prison. Cashapp remix in a bit".







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