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Published on January 13th, 2017 | by gatsbyadmin

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Gucci Mane – Release & Rebirth

It has been a big year for the artist known as Gucci Mane. Fresh out of the big house, Gucci has already released three (yes, three!) albums and appeared on a list of quality collaborative singles. As always, however, there is more to the story than his music.

The fact that rappers are flocking toward opportunities to collaborate with the Mane is no surprise to a deep listener.

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Although some are not willing to acknowledge it, Gucci Mane is one of the most prolific artists in rap history. Gucci has been hard at work in the trap mines for years, seemingly satisfied to live his life while contributing to music. When Gucci says that modern rappers are all his “children,” he is referencing his place at the center of the modern rap galaxy. Indeed, there is a higher-than-you-realize-likelihood that Gucci wrote your favorite bars from your favorite rappers. Like 10 years ago. Or at least inspired them.

Gucci has always been known as a determined and hard-working rapper. That hasn’t changed and his post-release productivity proves that his artistic motivation continues to burn.

But now Gucci is inspiring his listeners in other ways. In the wake of his release, Gucci Mane is using his moment in the public eye to forward some surprising ideas about sobriety and self-betterment.

While “authenticity” accusations are thrown around the rap world, Gucci is one rapper who is undeniably “real.” He has a real (recorded) history of criminal activity. He has a real ice cream tattoo on his face. He has really killed some people (home intruders). Perhaps most importantly, he has consistently refused to compromise himself for fame.

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All of these things add up to credibility. Nobody can point at Gucci Mane and say he doesn’t understand why people drink lean, get addicted to drugs, and make decisions they regret. This is not some DARE officer with a pro-police agenda – this is a man seasoned by life who wants to spread wisdom and love within his world.

For Gucci to be openly discussing his past in terms of addiction and his future in terms of recovery is huge.

Whether other rappers will follow Gucci on this path, or even change up the way they discuss drug and alcohol use, remains to be seen.

Anyone who has followed Gucci’s story has to spare a smile because it’s clear he is growing and trying to change in a positive way. In a game about personal experience where most rappers seem more like actors, it’s amazing for someone to be so open about something truly personal.

 

Written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y

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