Torrence Hatch (born November 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Boosie, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hatch was bestowed the nickname Boosie by his family, and he was raised in southside Baton Rouge. He is currently serving time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola); Hatch was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Hatch grew up in a poor neighborhood of Baton Rouge, notorious for drugs and violence, was a place feared by the general population. At 14 years old, Boosie moved in to live with his grandmother after his father was murdered over drugs. He played basketball while attending high school and was expected to move on to college level basketball but was expelled for drugs. Boosie began freestyling and became serious about his music, deciding to become a professional rapper. Lil Boosie teamed up with Baton Rouge rapper C-Loc in the late 1990s. He started off as the youngest member of the Concentration Camp at the age of only 14. He worked with rapper C-Loc and Concentration Camp and made his debut on C-Loc's fifth album, It's a Gamble in 2000 under his old alias Boosie. Youngest Of Da Camp was his debut album, released in 2000 on C-Loc Records. The album spread like wildfire, and was widely known in Baton Rouge. At the time of this album's recording, Boosie was only 17 years old. The album production was mostly handled by Happy Perez. 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 which was backed by its CEO the late Pimp C of UGK. Trill signed Boosie and assisted him in bring his legal issues to an end. Soon after, Trill independently released his debut album For My Thugz as his new alias Lil Boosie in 2003. 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. 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 Records.