Bobby Shmurda released from prison after six years

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image captionBobby Shmurda (left) has previously collaborated with Migos

Bobby Shmurda has been released after serving six years in prison.

The US rapper, real name Ackquille Pollard, was arrested in 2014.

He later took a plea deal and was sentenced to seven years in prison on weapons and conspiracy charges.

On Monday, an Instagram story was shared from his account thanking fans for "remaining loyal" and "riding out" the sentence with him. "I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon," it read.

In his first interview since leaving New York's Clinton Correctional Facility, the 26-year-old has told GQ that letters from fans had a big impact on him in prison.

What's he said after being released?

The rapper became one of the most exciting new names in hip-hop after he rose to fame when a number of his songs went viral, along with the Shmoney dance which was popular on Vine.

But he reveals to GQ he "didn't really care too much" for his rap career, until he received one particular letter in 2016.

"A six-year-old girl wrote to me, she said I was her favourite rapper… that just let me know the kids are watching me, and I have to be a role model," he said.

"I can't name a week that I didn't see at least 10 [pieces] of fan mail."

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image captionHe says letters sent to him in prison made him take his music career more seriously

What's next?

His debut single Hot Boy has almost 700 million views on YouTube, and he made BBC 1Xtra's Hot for 2015 list.

The rapper told DJ Semtex, who was presenting on 1Xtra at the time, that he was "speechless" about the success of the track.

Fans will remember Migos teasing a collaborative album with Bobby Shmurda before his arrest.

In 2019, Quavo tweeted about the project, hinting that it could be released soon.

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Bobby Shmurda told GQ that there were "projects" in the works, but didn't promise an album outright.

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image captionBobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel have previously collaborated on a number of songs

Rapper Rowdy Rebel recently spoke about their plans for the future.

"We definitely gon' show up to Summer Jam", he said about the annual New York concert.

"I normally wouldn't speak on my brother's behalf, but I know my brother ain't gonna miss Summer Jam. Some things are just mandatory."

Pop Smoke, who was killed last year, had also said he had unreleased music with Bobby Shmurda.

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