Here is a not at all exhaustive list of names Gucci Mane has been known by:
Gucci Mane, Guwop, La Flare, Mr. Zone 6, Trap God, Radric Davis (but only if you’re his mother).
Whilst collecting names, he’s also pioneered trap as a genre, elevated Migos to fame, been in and out of prison multiple times and released more music than most artists manage in a lifetime.
But we’re going to level with you here, a lot of that music isn’t very good. You can’t drop a mixtape every fortnight without a severe lack of quality control, so getting into Gucci Mane can be a daunting task.
Here at Soapbox we don’t like the idea of you facing such a mountain of trap music alone, so we’ve put together a quick audio introduction to Big Gucci Guwop La Flare Zone 6 Trap God Davis for your listening pleasure.
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Gucci Mane’s breakout hit, you could probably date ‘Icy’ by the hook alone, which sounds more like a Nelly track than an early trap anthem. Icy is also notable as the song that started the long-running feud between Gucci and Young Jeezy, which resulted in Gucci killing a would-be attacker in self-defence. Hey, nobody ever said trapping was easy.
An ode to the colour yellow, ‘Lemonade’ is a perfect example of pre-transformation, lean-addicted Gucci Mane, who churned out upwards of 100 mixtapes in a decade. ‘Lemonade’ is taken from The State VS Radric Davis, arguably one of the best out of the 100, and is a good barometer of trap before it got trendy.
1st Day Out Tha Feds-2016
‘1st Day Out Tha Feds’ was released after Guwop’s release from prison in 2016, where he’d been held for 3 years on gun charges. Pre-incarceration Gucci’s career was floundering somewhat, but three years behind bars cemented him as a trap legend. It also gave him time to kick the lean, get in shape and come back better than ever. ‘1st Day Out Tha Feds’ isn’t his best work post-release, but it still shows just how much more polished his style has become.
A collaboration between Gucci Mane, Drake and producer Metro Boomin, ‘Both’ was Gucci’s first ever number one single. A combo of Drake’s massive star power, trap’s current place at the forefront of hip-hop, and Gucci cleaning up helped propel this track to the top spot. It’s also an absolute banger.
‘Met Gala’ is the absolute embodiment of Gucci’s new sound. Taken from the mixtape Droptopwop, which clocks in at a modest 37 minutes, it’s focussed and polished in a way that his earlier work isn’t, and showcases exactly why is now getting consistent mainstream attention, despite having been around for over a decade. Gucci Mane still released 4 projects in 2017, but compared to his previous output that shows serious restraint on his part. It looks like he may have finally realised the benefits of quality over quantity.