Gucci Mane performing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 29, 2010.
|Birth name||Radric Davis|
February 12, 1980 |
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Genres||Southern hip hop, gangsta rap|
|Years active||2005 – present|
|Labels||1017 Brick Squad Records, Asylum, Warner Bros. (current)
So Icey Entertainment, Tommy Boy Entertainment (former)
|Associated acts||1017 Brick Squad, Waka Flocka Flame, V-Nasty, Future, Shawty Lo, Yo Gotti, Young Scooter, Gorilla Zoe, La the Darkman, Soulja Boy, Birdman|
Radric Davis (born February 12, 1980), 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.
While serving a six-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.
On May 21, 2013 he released his seventh studio album Trap House III.
Life and career
2005–2006: Trap House and Hard to Kill
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
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. Gucci Mane signed to Warner Bros. Records in May 2009.
2009–2010: Major-label success & The State vs. Radric Davis
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.
2010–2012: The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted & other projects
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. The first single from this release was titled "Gucci Time", produced by Swizz Beatz. It premiered on Gucci Mane's official MySpace page on August 6. The single also features Swizz Beatz and was released to US urban radio stations on August 24, 2010.
On March 18, 2011, Gucci Mane released his 10th EP, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, mostly produced by Drumma Boy. 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. 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. The album's first single is "Whip Appeal" featuring P2theLA. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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-present: Trap House III
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 he was releasing a new studio album entitled Trap House III the third & final version of his Trap House series. The album was released on May 21, 2013.
Gucci Mane made his acting debut in the 2013 movie Spring Breakers featuring himself Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson & Rachel Korine. Gucci Mane & fellow rapper/friend Rocko will be starring in the new movie entitled "The Spot" which will be directed by fellow frequent director Music Video collaborator Mr. Boomtown.
- In April 2001, Davis was arrested on cocaine charges and sentenced to 90 days in county jail.
- 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. 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. Davis was released from jail in late January 2006.
- 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. He was incarcerated in the Fulton County jail for probation violation and released on May 12, 2010.
- 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.
- 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.” 
- On April 13, 2011, Davis was arrested on one charge of Battery in Dekalb County Jail in Atlanta GA.
- On April 20, 2011, Davis was arrested on 2 charges of aggravated with a deadly weapon in Dekalb County Jail in Atlanta GA.
- 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. He was released on December 11, 2011.
- 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. Four days later, a second man going by the initials T.J., claimed Mane punched him in the face, when T.J. tried to shake his hand after a concert performance at Club Onyx in Philadelphia. 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 Mane 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. Two days later he posted $75,000 bail, and the following day April 14, he was arrested again for a parole violation. He was released three weeks later, on May 2, 2013.
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. 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." 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. 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."
On January 17, 2006, Gucci Mane was acquitted of the murder charge, as he maintained he was acting out of self-defense. 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. N*gga, you too fake."
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." 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."
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. 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.
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." 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."
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." inferring 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."
Waka Flocka Flame
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. Though it was reported that Gucci's Twitter account was hacked, Waka stated, "Dont let da media fool u. This shit real Shawty." 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."
A beef between Gucci Mane and frequent callaborator Yo Gotti began on October 17, 2012, when Yo Gotti was releasing his mixtape CM7: The World is Yours on the same day as Gucci's mixtape Trap God. According to the latter he stated in an interview with Hot 107.9, "My main problem with him was that he dropped his mixtape on 10/17 [the name of Gucci Mane's record label is 1017 Brick Squad], and tried to like ride my wave, like he was an artist of mine or we get some kind of money together." Yo Gotti denied in an interview with K97 that he chose the date intentionally, but simply didn't realize the significance of the date.
- Studio albums
- 2005: Trap House
- 2006: Hard to Kill
- 2007: Trap-A-Thon
- 2007: Back to the Trap House
- 2009: Murder Was the Case
- 2009: The State vs. Radric Davis
- 2010: The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
- 2013: Trap House III
- Collaboration albums
- 2009: Wasted: The Prequel
|2013||Spring Breakers||Archie "Big Arch"|
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