Bobby Shmurda has surely seen better days. Remaining on lockdown for since his Dec. 17 arrest and facing a lengthy list of charges, the rapper and a few members of his G29 squad are awaiting their freedom. With the recent withdrawal of his $2 million bail package, the Brooklyn rapper is not sure when his release will take place.

Talking with Billboard in his first interview since his arrest, Bobby Shmurda ensured fans that he was “thugging it out” in jail, denouncing rumors that he had been stabbed. He also gave an update on the status of his bail, as well as shared his feelings during his first court hearing. Read a few excerpts below:

Your mother and your lawyer are working hard to get you out on bail. Are you hopeful about that?
Uhhh… We’re trying, but right now I think the DA and the judge and everyone in the court is being biased. It’s so crazy. The favoritism, yeah. They don’t have no evidence, no nothing on me for the bill to be so high. I haven’t been out for a year, I haven’t been around for a year. So I didn’t make two million dollars! [Laughs] They gave me a bill they know I can’t pay. We can pay the 10 percent. And we tried to pay the 10 percent and they told us collateral. And every time we go for bail, it’s something new.

Your last hearing was Jan. 29. What were you thinking in court?
When I see the judge and the DA, I just see a bunch of people [who are] trying to take my life away for being blessed. That’s what I look at when I look at them. It looks like a bunch of haters.

Do you have a message for your fans?
Yeah. Keep your head up. Everybody goes through tough times and good times. You know what, tough times don’t last forever. I say, God makes his toughest battles for his strongest soldiers.