Lil Boosie calls prison life-changing, wrote 1,000 songs

Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, appears at a news conference in New Orleans, March 10, 2014. 

Rapper Lil Boosie says serving prison time in a Louisiana prison was life-changing and it's made him a better person and ultimately, he hopes, a better artist.

Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, was released last week from the state's maximum security prison at Angola.

On Monday, he held a news conference at a New Orleans hotel to talk about his future.

After reacquainting himself with his 7 children, Lil Boosie says he wants to get back into the studio.

While imprisoned following a 2009 drug conviction, he says he wrote more than 1,000 songs.

Boosie released his debut studio album, "Youngest Of Da Camp," in 2000. Hist most recent effort, "Incarcerated," arrived in 2010.

Boosie first arrived at Angola in 2009 after pleading guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge. Since then, he's faced numerous accusations, including a highly publicized murder trial in the 2009 killing of Terry Boyd. Hatch was acquitted of first-degree murder in Boyd's death in May 2012.