First off, yes it’s been a couple of days since the last post and that’s my bad. Having a full time job and college all in one can sometimes interfere with life and projects you want to get off the ground. Nevertheless, this week we’re back on track this Monday with a new review, and finally something that isn’t a movie. To start the new week we start with a newish book in the autobiography of the Trap God, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis.
As a young man who grew up listening to all types of music in the late 90’s/2000’s, Gucci was always either dropping decent songs that I would listen to like Lemonade, but in all honesty I was a little too young to listen to all his content. Plus, mom and dad wasn’t going to by a kid in elementary/middle school a mixtape or album from a guy who sold and did heavy amount of drugs, on top of being arrested constantly. When Gucci Mane came out of prison a couple of years ago and started to drop nonstop music, that’s when I became a huge Gucci fan. Plus, he’s one of the pioneers for modern trap rappers that have blown up, ergo the Trap God moniker.
This book is more than just his career up until he got out of jail. Gucci goes from his early years in Alabama, to his move to Atlanta and from there how he got into the drug game, and his start in rapping. As someone who has not really done a full wikipedia deep dive into Gucci, I really enjoyed learning about how he got started and see the start to the real dark points of Gucci’s life. Throughout the book, you can see where his editor tried to clean up his stories and make it more like a true autobiography, as well as where they just let Gucci be Gucci and don’t clean it up for the true fans and anyone interested. It’s really interesting to see that basically as soon as he had an album out and it was getting hot, he was pretty much sent to jail almost simultaneously. There are some things he doesn’t reveal in the book in depth as much, mainly his murder charge in 2005 and his last arrest in 2014, as he explains as his dark periods in his career. Gucci also doesn’t make any excuses in his mistakes and finally has found sobriety and has made changes for the betterment of not only him but his family.
The actual music portion of the book is great too, don’t get me wrong. I think his start and grind in rap was intriguing because Gucci just found the legendary producer Zaytoven and some other local producers and made some of the most popular songs in the genre. Again, as a youngling I wasn’t super familiar with his beef and battles with Jeezy early on either. Hell, I didn’t think those two ever had any interactions with one another. And from what was told, they were pretty much gonna throw fist if they saw each other. On top of that, Gucci is responsible for the career of Waka Flocka Flame, OJ da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Young Thug, and the newest and hottest Atlanta rappers currently, Migos. I had always heard those guys shout Gucci out, but I had no clue he was pretty much the dude who put each of these guys on the map. He even says he wants to be the leader in finding the new wave of hip hop icons not only from Atlanta but across the country, on top of releasing music for the fans hand over fist.
As someone who isn’t a bookworm whatsoever, this book was super enjoyable and I hope this leads to more current generation artists telling their stories not only in the industry but personally as well. I don’t want to spoil anything else for people as I think Gucci’s story should be read for yourself, but the chronological order of this book is a little all over the place and sometimes I did get lost in which year everything was taking place in. Nonetheless, I would absolutely recommend this book. Long live the Trap God