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Barred from speaking directly to the press while he’s incarcerated on drug chargers in a Louisiana prison, Lil Boosie speaks to his fans via letters and through his lawyers when prompted. After being unable to reach him last year following his acquittal on a first-degree murder charge last year, SPIN gained some access to the rapper who, despite reports on websites and through friends doesn’t know when he’ll be released.

Neither do his lawyers or the warden at Angola State Penitentiary where he currently is sitting out his 8-year sentence on smuggling charges. But in correspondence with SPIN, the rapper revealed his plans once he’s released from prison including a memoir, a clothing line, a major label deal for himself and one for his Bad Azz Entertainment imprint. He can’t release any of his vault of unreleased material due to it being held by the DA’s office while Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding is on trial for the murder of Terry Boyd but he says he’s been writing – and waiting to tell the world his story.

On Prison:

“It’s been hard at times. Some guards hate me with a passion and it shows in some of the things I’ve been told and called. Some guards come to work full of hatred for inmates. I think they do that because their household is miserable or they’re just tired of working. When I first got here, I was a ticking time bomb. I’ve been done bad by some guards, but there’s people here who have been done worse. They do have some cool guards here though. As far as inmates, I’m respected. It’s just like the streets — the real respect me and the fake are Boosie haters.”

“This experience has made me a lot wiser and to cherish life more. I’ve become more business-minded. I’ve become more focused on myself than others. I feel I’ve become a better son, father, brother, and I listen more than I used to.”

On The Love Of His Fans:

“I’ve coped by knowing in my heart that I’m someone special who many people love. If you lose hope in yourself, you’ll make your time hard. I always felt that my mission wasn’t complete. I feel I haven’t reached the star power that was destined for me. That makes me keep writing and thinking of ways to better myself as a man and artist. When it feels like the world is on my shoulders, I look at my pictures from when I was free and it gives hope and determination to pushing.”

On New Music:

“I have about 500 songs at the moment. I’m ready to get in the studio with the best producers. 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 His Memoir:

“It’s my life story from when I was born to the present day. I just felt the world needed to hear my life story so those who don’t understand certain things that I rap about, like the struggle, will understand that it’s the struggle that made me who I am today. I want people to know that it’s bigger than rap with me. I have a good heart. I want people who never took the time out to listen to me, to give me a chance.”

You can read the full feature at SPIN.