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Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane performing at the Williamsburg Waterfront 3.jpg
Gucci Mane performing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 29, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Radric Davis
Born (1980-02-02) February 2, 1980 (age 34)
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2001–present
Labels 1017 Brick Squad Records, 101 Distribution (current)
So Icey Entertainment, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Asylum, Warner Bros. (former)
Associated acts 2 Chainz, Birdman, Future, OJ Da Juiceman, Rocko, Shawty Lo, V-Nasty, Waka Flocka Flame, Yo Gotti, Young Scooter, Young Thug, Rick Ross
Website www.guccimaneonline.com

Radric Davis (born February 2, 1980),[1] better known by his stage name Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He debuted in 2005 with Trap House, followed by Hard to Kill in 2006, Trap-A-Thon, and Back to the Trap House in 2007. In 2009, his second studio album The State vs. Radric Davis was released. The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted was released in 2010, and is his highest charting album so far. Gucci Mane has released many other mixtapes and independent albums as well. On May 21, 2013, he released his eighth studio album Trap House III. His ninth studio album The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings was released on December 25, 2013.[2] He also is the founder and CEO of 1017 Brick Squad Records.

While serving a one-month jail term for assault in late 2005, Davis was charged with murder, though the charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence. In 2009, he served a year-long county jail sentence for violating probation for his 2005 aggravated assault conviction. Since then he has been convicted of battery, assault and numerous parole and probation violations, resulting in numerous jail sentences.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He later moved with his single mother to Atlanta. He enjoyed writing poetry as a child, and began rapping at age 14.[1]

2005–2006: Trap House and Hard to Kill[edit]

In 2005, Davis released his independent debut album entitled Trap House, which featured the successful single "Icy" with Young Jeezy. Disputes over the rights to this single caused a rift between the two artists. Hard to Kill followed in 2006. Hard To Kill included the hit single "Freaky Gurl". The song peaked at number 12 on the Hot Rap Tracks, number 19 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at number 62 on the Hot 100.

2007: Back to the Trap House[edit]

The official remix of "Freaky Gurl" featuring Ludacris and Lil' Kim was included on his 2007 commercial debut album Back to the Trap House. Gucci Mane appeared on OJ da Juiceman's "Make Tha Trap Say Aye" and began working on various mixtapes.[3] Gucci Mane signed to Warner Bros. Records in May 2009.[4]

2009–2010: Major-label success[edit]

He appeared on remixes of the songs "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas, "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey and "5 Star Chick" by Yo Gotti and made a guest appearance on Mario's "Break Up" (he has made 17 guest appearances total in 2009). Gucci Mane's second studio album The State vs. Radric Davis was released under the label Warner Bros. Records on December 8, 2009. Its first single, "Wasted" featuring Plies, was originally from Mane's 2009 mixtape Writing on the Wall. It peaked at number 36 on the Hot 100, number 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 3 on the Rap Songs making it Gucci Mane's most successful single to date. The second single is "Spotlight" featuring Usher. The third single is "Lemonade". The fourth single is "Bingo", featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em. On October 2, 2009, Gucci Mane was listed at number 6 on MTV's annual Hottest MC in the Game list.[5]

2010–2012: The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted and other projects[edit]

Gucci Mane performing on August 29, 2010.

After being released from jail, Gucci Mane stated that he would start or change the label name from So Icey Entertainment to 1017 Brick Squad Records. The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted, was released on September 28, 2010.[6] The first single from this release was titled "Gucci Time",[7] produced by Swizz Beatz. It premiered on Gucci Mane's official MySpace page on August 6.[8] The single also features Swizz Beatz and was released to US urban radio stations on August 24, 2010.[9]

On March 18, 2011, Gucci Mane released his 10th EP, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, mostly produced by Drumma Boy.[10] It debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200, and is his highest charting EP. The album also debuted at #2 on the Rap albums chart and #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He also released a collaboration album with Waka Flocka Flame named Ferrari Boyz on August 5, Gucci's first collaboration album.[11] Its first single is "She Be Puttin On" featuring late-fellow Brick Squad labelmate Slim Dunkin. Ferrari Boyz debuted at #21 on the Billboard 200. Gucci Mane released another collaboration album, this time with rapper V-Nasty, called BAYTL, on December 13.[12] The album's first single is "Whip Appeal" featuring P2theLA.[13] Three days after the album's release, while traveling to the video shoot of "Push Ups", a song from BAYTL featuring Slim Dunkin, the latter got into an argument with another person who shot Dunkin dead at an Atlanta recording studio.[14] On February 5, 2012, Gucci Mane released his Trap Back mixtape. It features guest appearances from Yo Gotti, Rocko, Waka Flocka Flame, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz, and Future, the latter three recently appearing on Young Jeezy's third studio album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition. The first single is the mixtape's title track.[15] Music videos have been filmed for the songs "Quiet", "Face Card", "In Love With a White Girl" featuring Yo Gotti, "Chicken Room" featuring Rocko, and the title track, and "Sometimes" featuring Future.[16][17][18][19][20][21] Trap Back has been met with positive reviews so far, scoring a 7.8 from Pitchfork Media, a 7.5 from AllHipHop, and an "L" from XXL.[22][23][24]

On May 25, 2012, Gucci Mane released another mixtape, "I'm Up". Music videos were released for the songs "Supa Cocky", "Kansas" featuring Jim Jones, "Wish You Would" featuring Verse Simmonds, and "Too Damn Sexy" featuring Jeremih. Gucci Mane released yet another mixtape, "Trap God", which was released on October 17, 2012. The mixtape included features from Brick Squad affiliate Waka Flocka Flame, frequent collaborators Rick Ross, Future, Meek Mill and Birdman, among others. On September 13, 2012 he appeared on Waka Flocka Flame's mixtape Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4 on two tracks.

2013: Trap House III and The State Vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings[edit]

On February 12, 2013, Gucci Mane released his anticipated mixtape Trap God 2. By the end of March, Gucci released 3 more mixtapes – Free Bricks 2 with Young Scooter, Trap Back 2 and EastAtlantaMemphis with Young Dolph. It was announced in February 2013 by Gucci Mane himself that he was releasing a new studio album entitled Trap House III the third & final version of his Trap House series.[25] The album was released on May 21, 2013. On May 31, 2013 Gucci Mane also announced he was releasing a new album entitled Mr. GuWop later on down the year, featuring appareances by personal friend and industrial rock performer Marilyn Manson who also helped him to gave shape to the album's sound and musical direction.[26] On June 5, 2013 Gucci Mane announced that 1017 Brick Squad would release their first group compilation album titled, Big Money Talk during 2013.[27]

On September 7, 2013, various members of 1017 Brick Squad and Brick Squad Monopoly traded shots back and forth on Twitter, including Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Frenchie, Wooh Da Kid, and OJ da Juiceman. Gucci would go on to say "fuck brick squad" and accuse his former manager, Waka Flocka's mother Debra Antney of stealing money from OJ da Juiceman and French Montana. Frenchie also accused Gucci Mane of paying for Young Vito's lawyer, the accused murderer of former 1017 Brick Squad artist Slim Dunkin, which Gucci denied. Frenchie would release a diss record towards Gucci the following day.[28] During the following days it was revealed OJ da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Frenchie and Wooh da Kid were no longer or in some cases had never been officially signed to 1017 Brick Squad Records.[29][30] It was also revealed that 1017 Brick Squad had lost their distribution deal with Atlantic Records, and the label might be disbanded.[31][32] On September 9, 2013, Gucci also advertised on Twitter he was willing to sell what he considers his main artists: Waka Flocka Flame, Young Scooter, and Young Thug's recording contracts.[32] During his Twitter tirade he would diss many rappers and producers such as Nicki Minaj, Plies, Drake, Rocko, Polow da Don, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, T.I., Yo Gotti, Frenchie, 808 Mafia, Waka Flocka and Tyga among others.[33] Then the following day he released a new single "Stealing" featuring OJ da Juiceman, and produced by Zaytoven. On the song he disses T.I., Young Jeezy, and Yo Gotti. That night he also released a new mixtape Diary of a Trap God.[34] Following the mixtape's release his barrage of tweets stopped, and he claimed his Twitter account was hacked by his former manager Coach K for 5,000 dollars.[35] Subsequently he deleted all the controversial tweets and hours later deleted his Twitter.[36] However, on September 22, 2013, Gucci Mane admitted to making the tweets, and claimed he was binging on codeine and promethazine during the time. He went on to apologize to the fans, his family, and the music industry members he offended. Gucci Mane also said that he would be going to rehab, while incarcerated on his gun charge.[37] Plans to release his album Mr. GuWop were scrapped indefinitely, and Gucci Mane would go on to release his tenth studio album The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings on Christmas Day 2013.

2014–present: Multiple project releases from prison[edit]

His eleventh album Trap House 4 was released on July 4, 2014. The album features guest appearances from Chief Keef, Young Scooter, K Camp and Fredo Santana.[38] On July 22, 2014, Gucci Mane announced that he would release a new album, titled The Oddfather the day he goes back to court which was July 28, 2014.[39] On August 15, 2014, Gucci Mane released his thirteenth studio album Gucci Vs Guwop.[40] Gucci released two sequel mixtapes in September 2014, Brick Factory Vol. 2[41] & The Return of Mr. Perfect,[42] were released on September 3 and September 13 respectively. Following his September releases he started promoting Trap God 3, which was released on October 17, 2014,[43] and became the highest charting release of his current prison sentence. On October 30, 2014 Gucci Mane and Chief Keef released a collaborative mixtape titled Big Gucci Sosa.[44] There are also plans to release his fourteenth studio album Trap House 5,[45] which will be his last release of 2014.[46]

Other ventures[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Gucci Mane made his acting debut in the 2012 movie Birds of a Feather, co-starring with Producer Zaytoven. In 2013, he was featured in Spring Breakers which also featured James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.[47]

Legal issues[edit]

2000–05

  • In April 2001, Davis was arrested on cocaine charges and sentenced to 90 days in county jail.[48]
  • May 10, 2005, Davis was attacked by a group of men at a house in Decatur, Georgia. Davis and his companions shot at the group, killing one. The corpse of one of the attackers, Pookie Loc, was found later behind a nearby middle school. Davis turned himself in to police investigators on May 19, 2005, and was subsequently charged with murder. Davis claimed that the shots fired by him and his party were in self-defense.[48] The DeKalb County district attorney's office dropped the murder charge in January 2006 due to insufficient evidence. The previous October, in an unrelated matter, Davis had pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated assault for assaulting a nightclub promoter the previous June; at the time the murder charge was dropped, he was serving a six-month county jail sentence for this.[49] Davis was released from jail in late January 2006.[1]

2008–11

  • In September 2008, Davis was arrested for a probation violation for completing only 25 out of 600 community service hours following his 2005 arrest for aggravated assault. He was sentenced to a year in the county jail but was released after six months.[50] He was incarcerated in the Fulton County jail for probation violation[51] and released on May 12, 2010.[52]
  • On November 2, 2010, Gucci Mane was arrested for driving on the wrong side of the road, running a red light or stop sign, damage to government property, obstruction, no license, no proof of insurance and other traffic charges. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.[53]
  • On January 4, 2011, A judge in the Superior Court of Georgia’s Fulton County ordered rapper Gucci Mane to a psychiatric hospital, according to court documents. The documents reveal that his lawyers filed a Special Plea of Mental Incompetency on Dec. 27 arguing that he is unable “to go forward and/or intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing.” [54]
  • On April 13, 2011, Davis was arrested on one charge of Battery in Dekalb County Jail in Atlanta GA.[55]
  • On April 20, 2011, Davis was arrested on 2 charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Dekalb County Jail in Atlanta GA.[56]
  • On September 13, 2011, Davis was given a six month county jail sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.[57] He was released on December 11, 2011.[58]

2013–14

  • On March 22, 2013, the Atlanta Police Department issued a warrant for the arrest of Mane, after he allegedly attacked a fan who was trying to take a photo with him. A soldier, named James, claimed that Mane hit him with a bottle in the head, while he was talking to a security guard about getting a photo with the rapper. He was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and received 10 stitches.[59] Four days later, a second man going by the initials T.J., claimed Gucci punched him in the face, when T.J. tried to shake his hand after a concert performance at Club Onyx in Philadelphia.[60] In the early morning of March 27, Gucci Mane turned himself in on the aggravated assault charges. He was denied bond and was incarcerated at Fulton County Jail. His lawyer says that witnesses claim Gucci had nothing to do with the assault. He appeared back in court on April 10, 2013 and was indicted on one count of aggravated assault.[61][62][63] Two days later he posted $75,000 bail, and the following day April 14, he was arrested again for a parole violation.[64] He was released three weeks later, on May 2, 2013.[65]
  • On September 13, 2013, Gucci Mane was hanging out with a friend, and was behaving "erratically." This friend then decided to call the police to help him out. When the police arrived, Gucci began cursing and threatening them. Authorities then took Gucci into custody at 12:05AM, and upon searching him, they found marijuana and a handgun on him. Gucci was then booked on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, and disorderly conduct. He was reportedly hospitalized following the arrest.[66] On September 30, 2013, it was revealed that Gucci Mane would serve 183 days in jail on charges of firearm possession by a convicted felon, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon, and marijuana possession, among others.[67]
  • On December 3, 2013, Gucci Mane was charged in federal court with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. According to the federal prosecutor, Mane was in possession of two different loaded guns between 12 and 14 September 2013, and can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.[68]
  • On May 13, 2014, Gucci Mane plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He agreed to a plea deal which will result in him being in prison until late 2016.[69] On July 28, 2014 Gucci Mane had a court hearing, though no details of the hearing were released to the public, Gucci claims that his release from prison has been moved up to 2015.[70]

Controversy[edit]

Young Jeezy[edit]

On May 2005 Gucci Mane released his first single "Icy", which featured Young Jeezy, at the time an upcoming artist as well. Tensions grew when "Icy" was believed to be put on Young Jeezy's debut album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, although it never was. It was put on Gucci's debut album Trap House. Jeezy claimed he was never paid his royalties for the song.[71] On May 9, 2005, Jeezy released the controversial song "Stay Strapped," basically stating he would pay $10,000 to anybody who would rob Gucci Mane of his chain. Gucci responded by stating, "That n*gga Young Jeezy, man. That n*gga fake."[72][73] On May 19, 2005, tensions were soaring between Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy when four men broke into Gucci's Atlanta home and attempted to rob him. Gucci grabbed his pistol and shot one of the assailants. The assailant, who went by the stage name Pookie Loc, turned out to be a close friend to Jeezy. Pookie Loc was later found dead near a school in Decatur, GA. An official warrant was put out for Gucci's arrest. Days later he turned himself in to police after hearing about the warrant.[74] During a phone conversation, Gucci stated, "I just want to let everyone know I'm not a murderer. I was upset. I was scared a little bit, but I had to do what I had to do. You gotta be a man about it. I'm not a bad person. I have remorse for everything that happened." Young Jeezy responded to Gucci Mane and the allegations of hiring Pookie Loc to rob Gucci by saying Gucci was "trying to turn a bad situation into good publicity and sell his record."[75]

On January 17, 2006, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Gucci Mane as he maintained he was acting out of self-defense.[76] On June 15, 2006, after tensions had cooled, Gucci Mane came at Young Jeezy on the song "745" rapping, "Do I smell pussy? Nah, that's Jeezy. You ain't a snowman, you more like a snowflake, cupcake, corn flake. Nigga, you too fake."[77]

On June 15, 2009, Young Jeezy came at Gucci Mane on the song "24, 23," rapping, "I'm on some Louie shit, fuck Gucci Mane. These niggas still on my dick, they like some groupies mane. Can't keep they lips closed, they worse than coochies mane."[78] On December 4, 2009, during a radio interview with DJ Drama and Jeezy, Gucci Mane called in to finally announce a truce between the two, saying, "I'd just like to say, it's way bigger than all of us. I feel like the way the city's been supporting all three of us, they deserve this. It's about that time, man. We're getting older, growing, so let's do it for the city."[79]

On March 24, 2010, members of Gucci Mane's crew 1017 Brick Squad and members of Young Jeezy's crew Corporate Thugz got into an altercation outside an Atlanta clothing store. Neither Gucci nor Jeezy was present during the altercation.[80] On December 2, 2011, Jeezy explained how the beef originated, stating that Gucci got mad at him because he wouldn't perform "Icy" with him; Jeezy said he couldn't perform the song because he was going through major throat surgery.[81]

On October 10, 2012, during a radio interview, Gucci Mane announced he had no more love for Jeezy due to his controversial fight with rapper Rick Ross. During a radio interview, Young Jeezy responded by stating, "Man everybody knows that boy is retarded. Ain’t nobody taking him seriously. He has an ice cream cone on his face, let’s be for real. Given that said, I’m not going back, I’m going forward."[82][83] On October 15, 2012, Gucci Mane came at Young Jeezy and other artists on the song "Truth" by rapping, "A ten thousand dollar bounty put on my neck. I hope you didn't pay them cause they didn't have no success."[84]

Keyshia Cole[edit]

On March 16, 2012, R&B singer Keyshia Cole came at Gucci Mane for the controversial song "Truth", on which Gucci rapped, "I did a song with Keyshia Cole and I know you still miss her. But Puff was f---ing her while you was falling in love with her." implying that, during the time of her rumored relationship with Young Jeezy, Cole was cheating on Jeezy with rap mogul and her "Last Night" collaborator Diddy. Cole stated on the radio, "Putting all ya trust in some of these 'Hood Rappers'... How you gonna be a G, and you spreading lies, to sell mix tapes! Where ya talent at. Dude ain't have to lie though! Could've kept me out of it."[85]

Waka Flocka Flame[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Gucci Mane announced that frequent collaborator and close friend Waka Flocka Flame was "dropped" from 1017 Brick Squad Records. The two rappers proceeded to throw insults back and forth on Twitter.[86] Though it was reported that Gucci's Twitter account was hacked, Waka stated, "Dont let da media fool u. This shit real Shawty."[87] On March 27, 2013, during an MTV Jams interview with Sway, Waka explained that he would never do music nor business with Gucci ever again. Neither of the rappers have explained where the controversy originated from. Waka has stated, "I guess we both be at the finish line we just going our own routes. That's all I can say. What's the reason? Sometimes it's none of your fuckin' business what's the reason. Just understand two men went they own ways but it's no problem."[88]

On November 19, 2013, it was revealed Gucci Mane had filed a lawsuit against Waka Flocka Flame, Waka's mother Debra Antney, OJ Da Juiceman, rapper Khia Stone and producer Zaytoven. The lawsuit accuses the parties, of fraud, racketeering, and breach of contract. According to Gucci Mane, Waka's mother Antney took control of his 1017 Brick Squad Records, LLC., without permission, and used it to create three separate offshoot labels. "Gucci is also accusing the parties in the lawsuit of withholding royalties and inflating the cost of label expenditures" and claimed that Antney seized his assets and stole a ring and a necklace."[89] In his lawsuit, Gucci Mane also says that Antney took more than the typical 20 percent management fee. Gucci Mane also alleges that Antney's actions led to his having money and tax problems.[90]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2007 No Pad No Pencil[91] Himself
2007 Gucci Mane - Glockumentary DVD[92] Himself
2008 Gucci Mane - Who Framed Radric Davis (DVD) Himself
2008 Hood Affairs - Trap-A-Holic: (Gucci Mane Edition)[93] Himself
2009 Hood Affairs - Gucci Mane - Trap-A-Holic 2 DVD[94] Himself
2009 The Come Up DVD 20 (Gucci Mane Edition) Himself
2009 Money Mafia: Gucci Mane (Street Classic Edition)[95] Himself
2010 Hood Affairs: Gucci Mane - 1017 Brick Squad aka Trap-A-Holic 3 DVD[96] Himself
2010 The Raw Report Presents: Gucci Mane “King of Diamonds DVD”[97] Himself
2010 Gucci Mane x Raw Report – Documentary Himself
2010 Gucci Gone Bonkers DVD[98] Himself
2010 Gucci 3D DVD Himself
2011 Gucci Mane In Wonderland[99] Himself
2012 My Come Up Himself
2012 Birds of a Feather[100] Himself
2013 Spring Breakers Archie "Big Arch"
2013 Gucci Mane - The Lost Footage[101] Himself

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