Looking through his catalog, XXL has examined the number of albums, mixtapes and songs Big Guwop has dropped while on his various iron vacations, which would put him near the top of the list of most prolific rappers from prison ever (though X-Raided might give him a run for his money). Check out a full rundown of Gucci's releases while locked up, from the good to the bad to the hits and misses. —Ke'Andrea Ayers with XXL Staff
Ed. Note: This story was originally published Apr. 4, 2014, and has been updated as of March 18, 2015.
Date Released: Jan. 16, 2006
Charge: Aggravated assault; later charged with murder, a charge that was dropped
Number Of Days: 242
Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases: 1 (Trap House, May 24, 2005)
Total Number Of Songs: 18 Songs
Hit Or Miss: Even during his battle with murder charges, the six months Gucci spent in jail in the middle of the last decade didn’t hurt his career. The success of his independent debut studio album Trap House put him all over the Billboard charts while serving time behind bars; his single “Icy” featuring Jeezy hit No. 23 on the U.S. Billboard Rap Charts and became a Southern staple for the genre. The album also ranked at No. 5 for U.S. Billboard Independent Albums and hit No. 101 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. Not bad numbers to reach from a jail cell.
Date Released: March 13, 2009
Charge: Probation violation for failing to complete community service hours
Number Of Days: 182
Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases: 3 (The Movie, September 16; Hood Classics, September 23; Bird Flu Pt. 2, January 29)
Total Number Of Songs: 57
Hit Or Miss: At this point in his career, Gucci was becoming so prolific that even a six month jail bid wasn't going to slow him down. Having already released four projects in 2008 before heading to the pen, two more dropped in the last three months of the year, and his release on March 13 precipitated his Bird Money mixtape by four days. The grind was so real, it was like no one realized he was gone.
Date Released: May 12, 2010
Charge: Probation violation stemming from his 2005 arrest
Number Of Days: 181
Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases: 2 (The State vs. Radric Davis, December 8, 2009; Burrrprint (2) HD, March 13, 2010)
Total Number Of Songs: 46
Hit Or Miss: Gucci managed to put out 46 songs in this period of incarceration based on the work he did before he went in. Even in jail, Gucci has always managed to stay relevant and put out hits. His 2009 singles “Wasted,” featuring Plies, and “Lemonade,” from The State Vs. Radric Davis album, both hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Just three months later, Gucci dropped the Burrrprint 2 HD, which featured an introduction recorded by the rapper over the phone from jail. The project featured notable artists such as Nicki Minaj, OJ Da Juiceman, and Ludacris, but it was his song “Beat It Up” featuring Trey Songz that landed Gucci a spot back on the Billboard charts. For every miss with the law, there seemed to be a hit on the charts for Gucci.
Dates Released: July 8, 2011
Number Of Days: 91
Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases: 1 (Writing's On The Wall 2, July 5)
Total Number Of Songs Altogether: 19
Hit Or Miss: The 91 days Gucci spent locked up was definitely not a miss for his career, as he dropped another mixtape just days before being released from Fulton County jail. Even while behind bars, this project was well promoted. Gucci’s team threw a “Welcome Home!” mixtape release party at an Atlanta strip club the day before his release. Just minutes after being freed from jail Gucci tweeted to announce another mixtape and another “Welcome Home!” party in Chattanooga, Tenn. The self-released project was hosted by DJ Holiday and featured artists such as 50 Cent, Young Buck and Yo Gotti. He'd follow this prison stint with two more that both lasted less than two months; he didn't drop anything while in jail either of the next two times, though each time he dropped tapes either just before or immediately after his incarceration, making sure people still had Guwop music while he wasn't around.
Date Released: Still Incarcerated
Charge: Carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, and disorderly conduct as well as federal weapons charges
Number Of Days: 550 (so far)
Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases: 24 (Trust God F#ck 12 with Rich Homie Quan, October 19; The State VS. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings, December 25; Young Thugga Mane LaFlare with Young Thug, Apr. 20; Brick Factory Vol. 1, May 26; The Purple Album with Young Thug, June 17; The Green Album with Migos, June 17; The White Album with PeeWee Longway, June 17; Trap House 4, July 4; Felix Brothers with PeeWee Longway and Young Dolph, July 19; The Oddfather, July 28; Gucci Vs. Guwop, Aug. 14; Brick Factory Vol. 2, Sept. 4; The Return Of Mr. Perfect, Sept. 13; Trap God 3, Oct. 17; BigGucciSosa with Chief Keef, Oct. 30; C.N.O.T.E. Vs. Gucci: Collector's Edition, Dec. 24; East Atlanta Santa, Dec. 25; 1017 Mafia: Incarcerated, Jan. 1, 2015; Brick Factory 3, Feb. 13, 2015; Views From Zone 6, Feb. 18, 2015; Mr. Clean, The Middle Man, March 4, 2015; Breakfast, March 18, 2015; Lunch, March 18, 2015; Dinner, March 18, 2015), plus an additional 12 singles where he's the main artist
Total Number Of Songs Altogether: 359
Hit Or Miss: Well, this is one way to fill time behind bars. Gucci's been locked up for nearly a year, but you wouldn't know it by the insane output he's been leaking to the streets in the 10 months since he last tasted freedom; in that time, he's averaging a project a month, including the World War 3D trilogy with Young Thug, Migos and PeeWee Longway that he unleashed in one day on June 17. He's clearly been cleaning out his stash and staying relevant by leaning on Atlanta's dynamite crop of young guns while feeding the streets a hefty diet of his trap staples, and at the very least it's been keeping him in the headlines. Whether he's just whetting fans' appetites for his release from prison—which may not be until late 2016, according to some reports, while others put it later this year—or just steadily cleaning out his hard drive, it's gotta count as a win for Big Guwop.
Total Number Of Mixtape/Album Releases While Locked Up: 31
Total Number Of Songs Released From Prison: 499
Number Of Songs Per Day: 0.4, or slightly less than three per week
Career Hit Or Miss: Honestly, it's hard to say that being in jail has ever really hurt Gucci's career. The majority of the time he's spent locked up has been met with consistent output from his maniacal recording while a free man, leaving the momentum of his career up to the quality of the product. Gucci's seemingly declining state right before his current incarceration—including the Twitter rant heard 'round the world—may have more to do than his status as locked up or free when looking at his current relevance, but it's impossible to say he doesn't still exert some power and influence over the burgeoning Atlanta trap scene.
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