On July 25th, 2014, Shmurda’s released the lead single “Hot Nigga” from his debut EP album Shmurda She Wrote was released (shown below). The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, bringing Shmurda international attention.
On December 17th of the same year, Shmurda and several members of his crew, part of his label GS9, were arrested by New York City Police. The charges against Shmurda were conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession, and he was held at $2 million bail, which he was never able to make. NYPD pointed to lyrics in Shmurda’s songs about selling crack and committing shootings and argued they were “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street.” Shmurda has claimed in interviews that the lyrics were accurate, but lyrics are not admissible in a crime unless they have a “strong nexus” to a specific crime, as the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled. The #FreeBobbyShmurda campaign started shortly after the arrest. Shirts about the arrest were covered by GQ on December 19th, 2014.