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Gucci Mane

 

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Radric Davis[1] (born February 2, 1980),[2] better known by his stage name Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He debuted in 2005 with Trap House and followed with albums such as 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, and 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.

Biography

Early life

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

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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.[3] Gucci Mane signed to Warner Bros. Records in May 2009.[4]

2009–2010: 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.[5]

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Gucci Mane performing on August 29, 2010.

2010–present: The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted and 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.[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] It's 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]

Discography

Studio albums

Collaboration albums

EPs

    • 2009: Wasted: The Prequel

Compilation albums

Independent albums

Mixtapes

    • 2006: Chicken Talk
    • 2007: Bird Flu (Southern Slang)
    • 2007: Ice Attack
    • 2007: Ice Attack: Part 2
    • 2007: No Pad, No Pencil
    • 2008: EA Sportscenter
    • 2008: Gucci Sosa
    • 2008: Mr. Perfect
    • 2008: The Movie
    • 2009: Bird Flu: Part 2
    • 2009: The Movie: Part 2 (The Sequel)
    • 2009: Guccitendo
    • 2009: Writing's On the Wall
    • 2009: The Burrrprint: 3D (The Movie: Part 3)
    • 2009: The Cold War: Part 1 (Guccimerica)
    • 2009: The Cold War: Part 2 (Great Brrritain)
    • 2009: The Cold War: Part 3 (Brrrussia)
    • 2010: Mr. Zone 6
    • 2010: Jewelry Selection
    • 2010: Gucci Classics
    • 2010: Ferrari Music
    • 2010: Buy My Album
    • 2010: Burrrprint (2) HD
    • 2011: Gucci 2 Time
    • 2011: Writing's On the Wall 2
    • 2012: Trap Back
    • 2012: I'm Up

Collaboration mixtapes

    • 2007: Guapaholics (with Shawty Lo)
    • 2008: Definition Of A G (with Yo Gotti)
    • 2011: Brick Squad Mafia(with 1017 Brick Squad)
    • 2011: Free Bricks (with Future)

 

 

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