Radric Davis, better known as Gucci Mane, has been infamous within the Rap and Hip Hop community over the last few years. Whether it was his love for poetry at a young age, his issues with the legal system over the last decade or the revitalization of his career, transforming both physically and mentally, Gucci Mane has a deep infatuation with music that a rare number of people in the industry share.
The big news here is the release of Gucci’s 11th studio album entitled Mr. Davis. This album is the fourth project Gucci Mane has produced since his release from United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. The significance of this album is the fact that it doesn’t have a fancy, eye catching name like past albums such as Back to the Trap House, Murder was the Case or The Return of East Atlanta Santa. It simply addresses Gucci in a formal manner.
While enjoying the fame and success that comes with the stardom Gucci Mane has experienced, it’s important to note that his life wasn’t always what we see on Instagram. As mentioned before, the last decade has been like a roller coaster flying off the track and into uncharted territory. He has been accused of charges including attempted murder, stemming all the way from 2001.
Gucci Mane was born in Bessemer, Alabama on February 12, 1980. At the time of his birth, his father was running away from the police due to drug related charges and fled to Detroit, Michigan. As he grew up, Gucci Mane was raised mainly by his grandmother as a result of his mother being in college. Gucci Mane’s life was held up by a lot involvement in drug dealing, much like his father. By 1995, his name was known throughout the streets and this made him vulnerable. He could’ve easily gone into drug dealing full-time but his real passion was clear.
As mentioned earlier, Gucci Mane took up the hobby of creating poetry at an early age, which then translated into his love for music. By the age of 14, he began rapping and from there his infatuation only grew. His first big break came in 2005 when he teamed up with Big Cat records to produce his first studio-single “Black Tee”. In the same year, he released his first studio-album entitled Trap House. Despite the album garnering a majority of positive reviews, Gucci Manes’ drug history persisted. In 2005, Gucci Mane was charged with aggravated assault after him and his friends opened fire on a group of men who were trying to rob his house. In the process, Gucci Mane killed one of them, to which he was sentenced to jail for 6 months. This was yet another obstacle that he would need to overcome over the next decade.
Fast forward to 2014 and Gucci Mane once again found himself facing jail time. This time, he was with a friend who thought something was unusual about Gucci Manes’ mannerisms. His friend decided to call the police in an attempt for help, which backfired completely. Gucci Mane started cussing at the cops, who later took him into custody after finding a handgun and marijuana on him. On August 20, 2014, Gucci Mane was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. However, this time would be different than the past times.
On May 26, 2016, after spending a little under 2 years in prison, Gucci Mane was released and immediately started working on his music. Coming out of jail, Gucci Mane was visibly much healthier. He looked so good after getting out of prison, many fans and individuals around the world started to wonder whether he was cloned, almost like a rebirth. Not long after news got out of his release, Gucci Manes’ lawyer, Drew Findling, released the following statement: “the most important thing that took place today is that he accepted responsibility and is ready to move on. He’s positive about his music but most importantly, he’s really just ready to take control of his life. My client is doing mentally and physically well now and is ready to get back to his life and to making music.”
After coming out of prison, Gucci Mane went on to release 3 projects in 2016. He collaborated with so many different artists and kept pumping out music, leaving no doubt to his ability to entertain. Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis spent all of his life facing uphill battles. He might not be finished, but he definitely has the toughness and persistence it takes to ensure his journey goes where he wants to take it.