Though Bobby Shmurda’s family is from the south, after his father was locked up in prison, his mother decided to move out of the south and relocate to New York. His grandparents, as well as other family members still live in the South which is the reason he tend to travel back and forth between New York and Florida. Bobby had his own brushes with the law, he spent 15 months in detention for violating his probation; he also caught a gun charge, but the charge was later dropped. Bobby Shmurda started rapping in 2004; his first remixed song was ‘Knuck If You Buck’ by rap group Crime Mob. While growing up, he was a big fan of 50 Cent, Jay Z, 2Pac, Biggie, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and Trick Daddy.
Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Nigga' song is credited for his sudden rise to fame. The video was released in 2014, and quickly reached 1 million views in a about 2 months. In the video for the song, Bobby Shmurda performed the 'Shmoney Dance' which many believe helped Bobby Shmurda's rise to fame. Soon after the video was released, numerous hip hop critics and bloggers claimed that Bobby Shmurda would be the next big thing out of NY, and rappers such as Meek Mill brought him out to perform with them.
Bobby Shmurda's Hot Nigga song is often classified as drill music, though there are some similarities in the video and lyrics, the Hot Nigga instrumental is actually from Lloyd Banks' Jackpot song.