On this day, Dec. 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 proved that by being 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 on December 11, 2007.

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 virtually 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.

Upon his release from prison in 2016, Gucci Mane put his career into over drive, having dropped four solo projects between 2016 and 2017, a collab' effort with Metro Boomin and his most recent solo LP, Evil Genius, which was just released this past Friday (December 7).

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