I’m admittedly not the hugest rap fan. Not because I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that most mainstream rap is made for the purpose of turning up, something I don’t do much of these days. So, yes, I find myself skipping over many of the latest club bangers and blast more alternative crooners like Solange or FKA Twigs instead. But Gucci Mane’s latest release, WOPTOBER, has me feeling different. Yes it’s got your usual Gucci components: trapping, money, etc, but there’s something different about it…and that’s the man behind the music.
Gucci Mane has been through Hell and back, going in and out of jail over the years for various crimes. His signature drawl was less of a marker of his southern roots and more of a reflection of his addiction to drugs and lean. While he had been to jail several times, prison was his last stop, and as he heard the judge read off his sentence he had hit rock bottom with a thud.
In prison Gucci decided to turn his life around for the better. Eating healthier, kicking his drug habits, and freeing himself of his addiction to lean. He emerged from prison in May, and immediately shared his new look and new outlook on life with his fans.
Not only is Gucci committed to being a better, happier man he also grew to love fashion, something he didn’t get a chance to experiment with before. He told Vogue:
“I’ve always liked a real classy look. I love colors, I love fabrics, and I love anything that’s well made and put together with class. I like my clothes more fitted now—my style has kind of matured and evolved. I’m embracing being 36 years old; I’m so comfortable with it and I think it’s just a part of my fashion direction now.”
Even on house arrest Gucci would regularly take to Snapchat to excitedly show off his new eclectic fashion sense and recent purchases.
If this isn’t #blackboyjoy, I don’t know what is!
WOPTOBER marks Gucci’s first album in years as a free man (out of prison and off house arrest) and while the usual tales of trapping and making money are weaved into his lyrics, in one song he touches on the demons that took him to very low places. In “Addicted” he speaks about his many past addictions and his desire to be better than that, rapping (in a new, clearer tone):
Demons in my ear, got me seein’ things wasn’t even there
People in my circle say they care, but they don’t really care
But I can’t blame nobody but myself, it starts with myself
Cause rap can bring you wealth, but that wealth can destroy your health
Lookin’ in the mirror at myself, had to catch my breath
And tell myself that “Gucci, you an addict!” That’s the first step
Gucci has truly made a 180 and it shows! His recovery and comeback is so inspiring and we can all learn a thing or two from Guwop.
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Are you feeling Gucci Mane’s new album as much as we are? Do you have love for the comeback kid? Let us know in the comments!