Gucci Mane, Soul On Ice [March Issue Sneak Peak]


“I wasn’t really able to tell my story before, but I think I am now.” Gucci Mane speaks from behind a glass window in a visiting room at Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail. “Got closure on a lot of things now.”

He has a lot to talk about. Two weeks from dropping his fourth album, the all-too-appropriately titled The State vs. Radric Davis, through Warner Bros., the 29-year-old rap star sits in a blue uniform with his hair slightly grown out, 11 days into a yearlong bid. He received the sentence on November 12, 2009, for a probation violation, and was escorted directly to jail, where he’ll be for at least the next four to six months as inmate No. 0936417.

Unfortunately, this is nothing new to Gucci Mane. When he graduated Atlanta’s Ronald E. McNair high school in 1998, he got a full scholarship to Georgia Perimeter College. But during his freshman year, he was busted with 90 bags of crack and locked up for three months. He lost his scholarship. So upon his release, he directed his focus on rap. Gucci spent five years in Atlanta’s underground mixtape scene, before signing with local independent label Big Cat Records for his first album, 2005’s Trap House.

The album’s first single was the hit “Icy,” featuring fellow ATL up-and-comer Young Jeezy. Unfortunately, the song’s success led to a beef over credit, and Jeezy soon placed a bounty for Gucci’s “So Icey” chain on a diss record, “Stay Strapped.” Gucci responded with his own diss, “Round One.” And so on.

On May 10, 2005, while Gucci was visiting a lady friend at Springside Run, in Decatur, five men invaded the house armed with guns, brass knuckles and tape. Gucci grabbed his own weapon, got a few shots off and escaped. Three days later, one of the assailants, Henry Lee Clark III, reportedly an associate of Jeezy’s, was found dead behind the nearby Columbia Middle School.

Gucci was arrested, charged with murder and released on $100,000 bail, on May 24. Two months later, he was rearrested, after beating up a club promoter with a pool stick. Denied bond, he stayed locked up through October, when he entered a no-contest plea to assault charges and was sentenced to six months, with credit for time served. He was released in January, put on probation and given 600 hours of community service. Right before he got out, the murder charges against him were dropped.

In 2006, Gucci put out his second album, Hard to Kill, and severed ties with Big Cat. The following year, he inked a label deal for his So Icey Entertainment with Asylum Records (then a subsidiary of Warner Bros.’ Atlantic Records arm) and dropped Back to the Trap House, which included the smash “Freaky Gurl (Remix),” featuring Ludacris and Lil’ Kim.

But instead of back to the trap house, it was back to the jailhouse. On September 12, 2008, Gucci was sentenced to a year at Fulton County for failing to complete his community service, after performing only 25 of the 600 hours.

Released on probation in March , Gucci got busy—flooding the streets and the Internet with new songs and videos, collaborating with big-name artists like Black Eyed Peas and Mariah Carey, building up the So Icey team with OJ Da Juiceman and Nicki Minaj, and starting a new imprint, 1017 Records.

Two days after visiting Gucci in jail, XXL got on the phone with the rapper to see just what he really meant about being ready to tell his story. —Vanessa Satten

Check back next week for more of this exclusive jailhouse cover story, and look for the March 2010 issue, featuring Gucci Mane on the cover, on newsstands nationwide now.

  • http://XXL ColliPAwk

    FIRST BIAATCH!!!

    • joe p

      gucci = idiot… absolutely terrible

      • Ishy

        Joe P = Idiot for taking time to hate on another man

  • crashxdjp

    Hope he gets out soon.

    Hopefully this jailtime prevents him from going pop (that Usher song was terrible).

    • smokey

      hopefullt him getting locked up stops him from putting out ANY music and prevents his type of special ignorance from being spread around our black communities

      • AZ40

        Georgia Perimeter, that’s like a pit stop college where football players go to get their grades up, what the fuck you doin’ wit’ 90 bags of crack

  • Uptown

    Nigga u crazy that usher joint was cool. the gucci flow still sucks ass but tha nigga stay grinding so why hate. let the man eat ah food nah. why u ain’t put out a blasted album… BACK OF THE CLASS!!!

  • JTM

    DAMN HE IS UGLY

  • Gucci the down south Killa!!!!!!!!!

    This is my boy, he might not be the smartest, nicest on the mic, or wear his jewelry w/o looking ignorant, but I fucks with him b/c he is fucking entertaining and that is something I can’t find with most of these rappers now of days.

  • Enlightened

    There’s only one Mr. T.

  • Smokey

    None of that was unfortunate, it was the appropriate effect of living an ignorant lifestyle. Im not even talking about his music right now but dude is just plain stupid. He’s like a modern day sambo.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Chiliz

    XXL can’t b serious…i’ll probably by Source Mag (FYI)

  • 6661joker

    Gucci is the shit. Anybody hating on him on this & any other site can eat a dick. All them lame ass smart comments & all that bullshit. Get life fuck boys. Why waste your life juding another man. If you on this site it’s to get hip-hop news. Nobody want hear your dumb-ass thoughts. That’s why MySpace & Twitter were invented. Go place your opinions else where. 1017 Brick Squad ALL DAY!!!! Let Gucci Go. AYE!!!!!!!! Oh yeah cop OJ da Juiceman’s new mixtape ORANGE. It’s out now. Hosted by DJ Drama.

  • caino

    Joker by name, joker in mentality!! ^^^^

    why would you support someone who cant keep there ass out of jail?? dude has a chance to make it out the trap!! yet he wants to stay in it!! he was selling crack to kids , keeping them in the trap!! AYYYYYEEE BURRRRRR….fuck outta here!

  • Latin King

    Fuck that Gucci shit yo. Look at where it says ‘The Best Mixtapes of 2009′… BONE THUGS… Chyeah mayne!!! That Fixtape was the shyt!

  • Latin King

    Fuck that Gucci shit yo. I really don’t give a fuck. But chyeah mayne look at where it says ‘The Best Mixtapes of 2009′… BONE THUGS… Chyeah mayne!!! That Fixtape was the shyt!

  • jenny ayala

    i can’t beleive that bone thugs gets small ass letters spacially when they are returning to the game with all 5 thugs, but lame ass gucci gets a cover.! I cant believe that ignorant ass rap comes on top!

  • Anonymous

    Nice chains…

  • D-Rid Dirty South98

    Man i hate when niggas be like his lifestyle and raps are ignorant. All rap is ignorant and this Nigga Gucci the Best out he style different, most niggas up north sold drugs too look at Biggie..rest my case

  • TITANIUM

    MAN FREE GUCCI.. A BROTHA CANT CHILL,, YALL SEE THEM BOYS CAME 4 HIM..HE DID WHAT HE HAD 2 DO… HE GOT LOVE FROM ME T.I.T.A.N.I.U.M DEM OHHL JACKIN AZZ MFZ … GETZ NO LOVE ….. IDONT EVEN KNOW GUCCI OR YOUNG GEEZY IM FRM LA NOW IN H-TOWN SCREWD UP FOR 17 YRS ALL YOU GUCCI FANS AND FAM FRIENDS MUCH SUPPORT …. HE FARR FROM DUMB 2 U PLAY HATTA RECORDS DONT LIE U BIT@$ SPACE AGED SLAVERY LOCKIN US UP U DA TYPE A NIGGAS WHO SELL OUT YO OWN PEOPLE JEALOUSSSSS BASTARDSS

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