Lil Boosie is a free man, according to Baton Rouge's CBS affiliate WAFB. The Louisiana rapper had been in jail since 2009 on drug charges, and his release has been widely speculated in the past few months.

According to WAFB, the news was confirmed by Angola State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain, and Boosie was transferred to a Sheriff's office in St. Francisville, where he was met by family members and released from custody. He will be on parole until 2018, the site reports.

Boosie was one of the South's best and most promising rappers—landing on XXL's inaugural Freshmen List in 2008—before he got locked up. While he was in jail, he was charged and went on trial for murder, accused of hiring a hit man to kill another rapper. He was found innocent of the charge in 2012.

The rapper will apparently be attending a press conference on Monday, March 10, where he will address the media for the first time since his incarceration. Earlier today—hours before his release around 7 pm this evening—a tweet from Boosie's official account was posted, reading "...." Additionally, an Instagram post with the hashtag "#TheReturnOfBoosieBadazz" was posted earlier today, foreshadowing his release, and a post minutes ago of Boosie's daughter was also just published with the caption, "Boosie's daughter wanted to tell y'all something!"

Multiple representatives for Boosie could not be reached by XXL as of press time.

Update (11:20 pm):Lil Boosie Posts First Tweet After Being Released From Jail

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