Despite a series of pitfalls that would end the career of many a rapper, Gucci Mane remains one of the most talked-about artists in Atlanta. Born in Alabama, the 27-year-old moved to the ATL when he was nine, cutting tracks in local studios as a young teen.
In spring 2005, he collaborated with fellow up-and-comer Young Jeezy and came out with a major national hit called “Icy.” A little more than a week before his debut album, Trap House, hit stores in May, though, he was involved in a shooting that resulted in his arrest on murder charges.
While those charges were eventually dropped, Gucci spent the last half of ’05 in jail for an unrelated assault. Released in January ’06, he spent the year rebuilding his buzz, releasing an indie album, Hard to Kill, powered by the underground Atlanta bangers “Pillz” and “Freaky Gurl.” The signs of rebirth caught the attention of Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman, who signed the resilient rapper last December and looks to put out his third album, Back to the Trap House, in October.
Hurdles cleared, Gucci Mane has come full circle in two tumultuous years. Checking out our watches, it’s about his time.
Posted: October 10th, 2007