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Gucci Mane: From East Atlanta Zone 6 to New York Times Bestselling Author
Mr. Zone 6 Returns to the Trap Music Throne
By: Kayla Johnson
[*Views expressed are solely the opinion of the author]
Born Radric Davis in his native Birmingham, Alabama, the artist known as Gucci Mane began his journey writing rhymes in elementary school. This founding father of trap music moved to Atlanta in the fourth grade, watching his father hustle his way through the streets.
Gucci began to embrace this culture himself at a very young age, and always felt compelled to tell his story through his music as he maneuvered through life. With eight studio albums, dozens of singles, mixtapes and collaborations, Gucci Mane has an extensive musical resume that has undeniably impacted the rap game.
As an artist known to never sugarcoat, Gucci was very open in his music about his circumstances dealing drugs and escaping poverty. His discography has been a testament to the troubled past that would one day catch up with him. August 20, 2014, Gucci Mane was sentenced to three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge. Serving two years of the three year sentence, Gucci Mane used that time to reflect, and he credits that period as a turning point in his life to “start doing better.”
Inspired by the stories of Johnny Cash, Mike Tyson, and Jimi Hendrix, Gucci decided to tell his own story. The New York Times Bestseller, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, was released September of 2017 as a tell-all memoir discussing his hustle growing up, how it impacted his development as a rapper, the love story between he and his wife Keyshia Ka’oir, and the transformation that led him to where he is today. Upon his release from prison and the release of his memoir, the artist has yet to abandon his promise of “doing better” and has embarked on a mental and physical lifestyle change.
His most recent music releases, beginning with Everybody Looking in 2016, have propelled Gucci Mane to mainstream success like he’s never seen before. Collaborating with some of the biggest names in music like Drake and Bruno Mars, he scored his first platinum single “Both” in 2017, along with “I Get The Bag” and “Wake Up In The Sky” peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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