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Gucci Mane
Back to the Trap House

SO ICEY/ASYLUM/ATLANTIC
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After scoring a huge hit in 2005 with the Young Jeezy–assisted “Icy,” things quickly turned sour for Gucci Mane. As if being arrested for murder just before the release of his debut, Trap House, wasn’t enough, his 2006 follow-up, Hard to Kill (released after his acquittal), was nationally ignored and critically panned. Luckily, the album’s inspired ecstasy anthem “Pillz” became a local smash and drew interest from major labels. Linking up with Asylum Records for his latest project, Back to the Trap House, Gucci Mane finally cooks up his formula for mass consumption.

At his best, Gucci has mastered the art of boldly spewing non sequiturs while bouncing through quirky, spaced-out club beats with his hearty drawl. On the earthquake-inducing “Bird Flu” (produced by newcomer Supersonics), the Atlanta native seems to be giggling with glee after every line: “Ha-choo! I’m rich/Say gesundheit, bitch/Please excuse me, miss/Excuse my French/My necklace look like Cris/Your diamonds look like piss.” Gucci Gucci also shows skill in turning real-life hardship into blunt punch lines, evident on tracks like “I Move Chickens” (“I did six months, incident with a pool stick/Find a nigga guilty, still say I ain’t do shit”).

Sadly, Gucci’s everlasting well of nonchalance also drowns out any real introspection (although the gloomy “Iced Out Bart” is a promising exception). Instead, he falls back on the comfort of yawn-inducing baller clichés, like, “I rock so much ice I shoulda brought my cooler” (“I’m Cool”), or tries to revisit his stone-faced trap-rap formula (“Stash House”). Gucci sounds most at ease on whimsical club joints such as the 808-filled “Jump the Line” or the breezy, Zaytoven-produced “15 Minutes Past the Diamond.” With its unexpectedly original sound, Back to the Trap House easily trumps his previous efforts. But with the whole world looking at Gucci, it might be time for him to move past the trap.—BRENDAN FREDERICK

  • Stuckfresh

    Gucci is the next big thing!!!!

    • 5starG

      Yo crab ass cant be no real nigga, and not like gucci. Thats the hottest thang out ol’ lame ass nigga B’zz up.

  • NAWLEDGE

    Stuckfresh says:

    Gucci is the next big thing!!!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    This idiot obvioulsy dosent know real music. Gucci sucks balls and everyone knows it. I dont know why he’s still trying after he got ethered by Young Jeezy. First album was straight, second was wack, this one even wacker. He needs to quit or retire.

    • grapes

      I didn’t even KNOW who nigga was till I heard Jeezy was beefing widhim. I was like…WHO? People said…you know…that stupid guy on Jeezy’s record “Icey”? He should’ve retired after getting robbed and murked…fuck. I thought he died, like I said…

      • Guuci is hot

        man why you be lieing? how the Hell you didn’t know Who he was? Guuci man made Jezzy known. he was on that song with him. that “i am so icy”. your be fronting on this internet too much. only if your can keep things real, hip hop artist would be happy. Guuci makes good music, like him or hate him. he’s hot. he straight from the hood too. he talking my language so i listen to him. that’s why he kill one of Jezzy man and Jezzy didn’t no anything about it. I mean i like Jezzy too, but don’t hate on Guuci. Jezzy stole his style and ran with it.

      • Murk Out

        NIGGAS U JUST HATIN ON THAT NIGGA. GUCCI A REAL STREET NIGGA TO THE FULLEST AND IMA BACK UP ON THE THE BULLSHIT U WEAK ASS NIGGAS SAY…………JEEZY HOT TOO BUT STOPPIN HATIN ON THE REAL NIGGAS AND GET U SOME MONEY!

      • EWFRWQ

        NAH HE AINT DIE HE DID THE KILLING

      • J-Money-504

        got muked?lol.
        dat nigga that jeezy sent at him got murked and left stankin i the woods.next time send a real goon jeezy?

    • TC

      He meant the brand

  • jg420

    I STILL WANT TO KNOW WHY THERE WAS NO REVIEW OF 50 CENTS SHIT SANDWICH CURTIS?

  • MG

    gucci coo but young jeezy better. even tho he went to prison for killing one of jeezy’s people jeezy go harder on the mic.

  • peoples

    GUCCI man is a bicth ass slob he give Slobs a bad name

    • Durom

      you just gave bloods a bad name calling them that. how can you give a bad name to a bad name dumb ass

  • grapes

    WOWW After this nigga got ethered by Jeezy, I thought he was LITERALLY dead. Like…why the fuck would he mess with Jeezy? Jeezy rushed him lyrically AND physically… he has NO chance at regaining glory, EVEN in the ringtone business. I don’t even fucking know why Luda is even fuckin’ with this bitch, on that Freaky Girl RMX. FUCK GUCCI, HE JUST COOCHI. Jeezy is what you really need. He’s part of the future. jg420, why would you even review such a whack album? Like…it’s small obviously like 50′s dick, that’s why mans has to resort to getting girls IN SONG FORM. FUCK 50, FUCK KANYE (STRONGER?) 8 DIAGRAMS, AMERICAN GANGSTER, AND NIGGER.

    • TomSkit

      You wouldent bust a grape in a fruit fight

  • DopeMg

    his first album wasent very good but his second one was getting alot of play in the hood because white boys like Nawledge dident know anything bout it that album was in everybodys car he had hits on that album such as street niggas,my chain,freeky girl,pillz,stick em up,everybody know me,trap stars now you tell me what rapper came out with a cd with at least 5 good songs on their album let alone 7 out of 15 so this album probly wont get radio play but where im from south side chicago it gets more play then acdc or metalica does where your from

  • http://yahoo.com gman aka #1 BLOOD

    Gucci is the man his mix tape is hot az hell so yall can suck my dick

  • tres bien

    you dont know bout gucci cuz he in da street for real and yall ho’s learn bout the street through the internet and shit you heard,so till you ride moreland ave 2am shut yo damn mouth,gucci rich without a major deal,gucci bought his vette with reup profit,not from album sales so STFU

  • http://yahoo.com Nikka

    gucci isn a real nigga thats it.

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    I can give credit Gucci for one thing. He did really murder/take of Jeezy’s homebody’s life. So at least he’s really what he says he is. GANGSTER

    But I can’t listen to a functional retard rap. Sorry. He can barely complete his sentences just like real thugs.

  • DA MUAFUCKIN REALIST

    ALL YALL MOTHERFUCKERS NEED TO GET OFF GUCCI NUTS. YEAH, EVERYBODY KNO THE NIGGA CANT RAP WORTH A SHIT, BUT THE NIGGA BE ON SUM HOOD SHIT, SO U GOTTA GIVE IT TO HIM, IF EVEN ANY OF YALL PUSSIES WERE REAL YALL WOULD KNO DAT. YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!

  • Blacken

    GUCCI MANE HAS THAT OWN DRIVIN* AROUND MUSIC

  • therealrob

    i like that one song about his lips called ‘so ashey’.
    he is really pushing the boundries of hip-hop.
    he’s like Trustus Jones the motherfuckin’ mogul of rap.

  • MAC504

    yes yes yes. its da boi MAC aka WEST*BANK MAC ya heard me. see i fucks wit tha boi GUCCI ya dig. tha fuckin nigga real street shit ya know. ALABAMA luv wats good. ATLANTA hold down LIL 3rd..

    ONE LUV
    LIL ONE

  • DAT NIGGA DREYVION

    word on da streetz iz dat gucci mane iz signin 2 g-unit south..real talk.i wish dat dat nigga duz.g-unit is one some global shit.even doe they flopped a hoe buncha timez i still fuck wit em.!all da way!

  • Tay Meez

    man Gucci shit been bangin in the hood. yall just hatin cuzz he aint on that commercial crossover bullshit see 50. That hard to kill album was bein knocced all summer in every hood in my town. The difference between him and Jeezy is Jeezy goin mainstream Gucci stayin street. I hope his next album is called “Can’t leave the trap” everybody else is

  • Shawty T

    being in the heart of atlanta, zone 6 as a matter of fact, this nigga run the streets dawg!!!! his shit get bumped in every hood as if it was lil boosie shit!!! yall wouldn’t know cuz yallto mainstream and not on a street team.

  • nellz

    Real nigga or not…he still can’t rap…and lol @ dude who said jeezy stole his style.

  • Spyda

    aiight mane 1st of all Gucci iz NOT [[sorry]] or sum crap…if u listen 2 hiz mixtapes n hiz undaground shyt…sum of dat shyt be bumpin…n dem real niggaz be bumpin dat nigga bcuz hiz shyt be so real n street…hiz chorus n beatz alwayz be tha shyt…but um i agree wit almost errbody on hurr dat gucci aint got jeezy…jeezy haz far betta lyricism than gucci…

  • John

    u lame

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Gucci Mane = Functional Retard

  • http://www.myspace.com/friscorepresenter ant

    Gucci is a koo rapper…iono y yall haten all the homies feelin gucci!

    1 time jt the bigga figga threw a little talent show n the hood and said gucci was gone b there and guess what? Niggas was no where 2 b found they said we had to calm down so he kuld come iono what this has 2 do wit anything but yeah thats it lol

    Btw popeyes chicken strips is good as fuck

  • Oh Snap

    “You look like a half-sucked Milk Dud, boy you sorry” ~ Jamie Foxx in Great White Hype

  • Mo-Gunn

    Wazzup XXL, this iz Mo-Gunna aka Mr. Slap “BRENDAN FREDERICK” upside the head! WTF iz goin on in hip-hop when an annoying azz rapper with absolutely no flow whatsoever like Gucci Mane gets an L rating? You basically putting him right beside 9th Wonder’s album review and Gucci dont stand a damn chance!! Ya’ll need to stop supplying your review team with “raw diesel” cuz they’re way outta pocket on this one! Chuuch!!

  • Mr. Magic City

    Man al yall haters out there!!!!!!!!!! Gucci be talking bout tha streets, just like jeezy, shawty lo, T. I. etc… He doin somethin right he got a fuckin deal. Aint none of yall niggas in da streets making these comments. None of yall niggas holdin 6 figures. Dat means yall ass LAMES!! Like Gucci say “745 with dat Gucci interior, I see a rich nigga when I look in da mirror” Ha HA!!!! Faggots!!!!!!!!!

  • hero_south

    wtf??!???! this nikka gets an L, that means he’s on the same level as the one and only King Koopa??!!!??…BS…get a life!!

  • CHUKCLEZ

    FUCK A MUDAFUKIN SLOB…FUCK BLOOD…FUCK RED…FUCK GUCCI MANE…FUCK YOUNG JEEZY…FUCK GAME…FUCK YA’LL…FAT JOE’S DA BEST RAPPER ALIVE…AND TERROR SQUAD’S DA ILLEST KLIK…STR8 UP BLUE

  • JokaMan out of Brownsville, TX (G-Park 4 Life!)

    All I gotta say is that Gucci Mane is the SHIT! Fuck what you heard! Gucci burned Da Hoeman in that Round 1 track and he killed 1 of 3 muthafuckas that he sent over there trying to snatch his So Icey chain. The other 2 got shot too. So Gucci TRILL! He ’bout to tear this industry up. To me this should be 1 of the most anticipated albums of December alongside G-Unit’s “Shoot To Kill”. Other than that everything else is weak. I can’t even believe all the lame shit that gets played on the radio. But anyway. FUCK everybody who hatin’ Gucci. That “Freaky Gurl” track is fire. The beat is hypnotizing and Gucci wrecks that hoe. He didn’t need Luda. The original version off the “Hard To Kill” album was better. But he off Big Kitty Records. Shit! To all you internet Thugs if you too cheap to buy some of Gucci’s mixtapes. Download them hoes. He’s wreked Jeezy, T.I., and his former label Big Cat Records. Plus his collaboes with D4L general Shawty Lo have been magnificent! They TRUE Trap Starz. Fuck Jeezy and U.S.D.A. ! So Icey what it is!

  • Jay Pee

    I cant believe all ya’ll bum ass niggas hatin on my man Gucci…Im from NY and Im feelin Gucci I just started listening to him last month and that boy go hard he’s the truth unlike some rappers fake trappers like ya man jeezy, jeezy can rap but I dont think he’s really like he talks at all Gucci on the other hand its written in stone he clapped Jeezy man Jeezy got shook and tried to say I was just playing about the 10 g’s for the chain he aint even ride for the cat who got shot and that was supposed to be his man Jeezy running around acting like he didnt even know the dude….Gucci keep doin what you do you going to the top keep making them street bangers that we love……Gucci Mane outta jail what I’m gon do now thats jeezy lil bitch ass thinking out loud…..LOL

  • C-dope

    ok

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  • dope boy

    Bitch i mite b yeaaaaaaaaah

  • JokaMan out of Brownsville, TX (G-Park 4 Life!)

    I just got the album on Tuesday. MANNNN! The album is TIGHT! But I was VERY disappointed because after all the waiting the album was reduced from 20 tracks down to 14. Wonder what the fuck happend? But anyway the album still deserved an XL rating. I seen weak albums get better ratings just to improve album sales. Like Kanye’s “Graduation”. That shit ain’t even worth the plastic it’s printed on. XXL GET RIGHT!!!! Give Southern MC’s their due!

  • K.C

    They gave Trae(Life Goes On) a M, but Gucci a L get da fuck out XXL