After years dogged by his own demons, trap god Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) is living his best life with ‘Droptopwop.
A year ago today, Gucci Mane emerged from an Indiana federal penitentiary a slimmer, sober, reformed version of his old self. Though still confined to house arrest, the Atlanta rapper quickly began picking up the pieces of a career left in limbo when he received a 39-month sentence on gun and drug charges in 2014.
The trap god’s legend continued to mushroom during his time away. Meanwhile, the scrappy wave of local rappers and producers he’d ushered into the game, from Future and Young Thug to Mike WiLL Made-It and Metro Boomin, saw their stock rise to the point of eclipsing their mentor’s pop resonance.
But none of that stopped Gucci from returning to his established grind. Already notorious for his fast-paced work ethic in the studio, he recorded his first album Everybody Looking in six days. The same day the LP debuted, he took to the stage of his hometown’s stately Fox Theatre for a homecoming concert that found him glistening like a gold-plated Gucci next to girlfriend and future fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir.