Gucci Mane’s career has been anything but ordinary. From releasing multiple albums each year that featured the biggest names in hip-hop, to putting out a slew of mixtapes while incarcerated, Gucci Mane’s life has certainly been eventful.
America loves a great comeback story, and if there ever was a classic one, it can be found in Gucci Mane’s life. The Atlanta legend was on top of the world, collaborating weekly with top artists and hip-hop producers. Imprisonment cut him off from that success and within a moment brought Gucci Mane to his lowest point.
Gucci came from humble beginnings. Born Radric Davis in a small town in Alabama, Gucci was raised in his grandfather’s house and didn’t move to Atlanta until he was nine. He was known to write poetry as a child and began rapping at age 14. At 21, Gucci released his first commercial records via Str8 Drop Records, with the tape La Flare, which was mostly distributed via the streets.
It wasn’t until he released his debut album “Trap House” in 2005 that Gucci achieved mainstream success, with the hit single “Icy” featuring Young Jeezy. However, the old Notorious B.I.G. adage held true as when Gucci Mane collected mo’ money, he encountered mo’ problems. As “Icy” racked up sales, distribution of profit became a source of contention between Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy and before long diss tracks and public feuds erupted between the rap mongers. It all came to a head when Gucci was allegedly targeted by a group of men at his house in Georgia.
Gucci was fortunate to leave the experience with his life and without a charge, and the Young Jeezy beef was subsequently put to rest. The next decade saw Gucci struggle with controversy, but also dropping hits with the biggest names in hip hop.
Fans enjoy his blunt, but clever lyricism, and his raw, yet smooth delivery. His music consists of hard hitting drums and bombastic bass, as well as beautiful, usually piano-driven melodies. The iconic producer Zaytoven worked with Gucci from the beginning and is very much a part of Gucci’s signature sound.
“Lemonade”, Gucci’s double platinum hit, finally pushed him into stardom, and solidified his position as one of the biggest names in Southern rap and the godfather of “trap” rap. Gucci used this platform to introduce multiple other musicians to the game. He has had a hand in the careers of artists such as Young Thug, Waka Flocka Flame, the Migos, Mike Will, Nicki Minaj, Young Dolph, OJ da Juiceman, Peewee Longway, TM, Southside, Metro Boomin and more. These musicians represent millions of dollars today and his influence can be heard in much of their music.
As Gucci’s fame and fortune grew, his legal issues began to swell. In May, 2014 Gucci admitted guilty to gun possession charges. He was subsequently jailed for a little over two years. Upon release, Gucci immediately went back to work, as he dropped “1st Day Out the Feds” the first day he was freed.
This was the first taste of what fans would eventually perceive to be the “new” Gucci Mane. The lyrics of the song stress how difficult and uncertain life was while behind bars. Later, Gucci Mane would comment in an interview that jail probably saved his life. Never wanting to return, an improved Gucci Mane emerged that shocked fans so much that they claimed he was a clone of his former self. Gucci responded that his reinvigorated appearance was a result of staying sober and staying fit. “You keep looking back, you’re gonna trip going forward,” Gucci answered when asked whether him and his fiancee dwell on his past mistakes.
Gucci has definitely been looking forward as he continues to release a gracious amount of music. Three Gucci Mane albums came out before the end of the year, as well as collaborative mixtapes with popular rappers like Future and Lil’ Uzi Vert, and a feature on the “Mannequin Challenge” song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd. This dedication to hard work and appeasing his fans is a staple of Gucci’s career and a big part of why many artists and listeners alike respect him.
Gucci Mane’s resurgence has inspired many of his fans and before the end of this year Gucci plans to publish a memoir named “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane”. Gucci’s new energy can be seen even while he’s on stage as Zaytoven comments that he’s much more excited and ready to perform.
Fortunately, we will have the chance to witness this tonight as Gucci visits Cornell. Slope Music looks forward to this performance! Below is a tracklist of songs Gucci is likely play. Share it with your friends so everyone’s prepared to vibe along with the “East Atlanta Santa”!