A few weeks back, XXL chopped it up with the legendary Common on the 10th anniversary of his classic album Be. During our interview with the Grammy and Oscar Award winner, we asked the Chicago MC to provide us with some advice for our 2015 XXL Freshman Class and the younger artists who are trying to break into the industry...
Today, XXL is launching a brand new advice column with Gucci Mane, which we're calling Ask Gucci. The column will be running weekly and will focus on life advice coming directly from Big Guwop himself. We've been in touch with Gucci from prison—he penned an open letter to fans last month and sent it to us to deliver—and he's agreed to answer questions from fans while he's behind bars...
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