On this day, December 11, in hip-hop history…
2007: Despite what the charts say, many artists have successful careers in the underground that can’t be defined or measured by Top 40 radio spins. Gucci Mane was one of the underground kings of the mid 2000s, having a large catalog of music in his arsenal before being signed to Warner Bros. in 2009. Gucci released three independent albums (2005’s Trap House, 2006’s Hard To Kill, and 2007’s Trap-A-Thon) before making his studio album debut with Back To The Trap House.
Back To The Trap House showcased Gucci’s underground grit alongside mainstream artists, including Trey Songz, Ludacris, Lil Kim, and LeToya Luckett from Destiny’s Child 1.0. It also included a remix to the ever popular club banger “Freaky Gurl,” taking it from the strip club to every American’s car. Upon its release, Back To The Trap House peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Rap Album chart.
After Back To The Trap House, Gucci Mane kept up the momentum, releasing a slew of mixtapes, albums, and being a featured artist on many singles. In 2013, he made his acting debut as James Franco’s friend turned foe in Spring Breakers. He is most recently known for his September 2013 Twitter rant where he called out many artists and previous colleagues.—Ariana LaBarrie