I thought I knew Gucci Mane - just being that I've been a fan of his music and Atlanta has pretty much claimed him as one of our own. But, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much I thought when I started reading his book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
He breaks down everything: his childhood, his time as a drug dealer and addict, the beginnings of his rap career, the incarcerations and violence, and ultimately the greatest comeback we've ever seen. I don't want to spill too much of the tea - just know if you haven't read it by now, you are SLEEP!
Gucci Mane was actually his dad's nickname but he eventually took it on as his stage persona.
He got into the drug game around Christmas one year because his mom couldn't afford to buy him gifts, specifically a pair of Jordans and a Starter jacket.
Gucci was very smart in school. In fact, he graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA!
He didn't start off rapping in the music industry. Gucci Mane actually tried managing rappers before being convinced by bestie Zaytoven to get in the booth.
Grand Hustle, TIP's label, was the first record label to offer Gucci a contract after his rise to fame. It was a good deal with 50/50 partnership and the label promising to pay for production and promotion of his music, but at the time, Gucci Mane was looking to get rich quick and with them not offering those stacks up front, he declined.
The ice cream tattoo on his face was his way of saying that he "didn't give a fuck about what anyone said or thought" because they already saw him as the villain anyway. This occurred right after he was accused of throwing a woman out of his Hummer.
"If you keep looking back, you gon' trip going forward." During his last time in prison, this message is what humbled him to change his life around for the better.