Gucci Mane is one of the well-known rapper and recording artist, who laid the groundwork for the ‘trap music’. In 2006, Gucci Mane released his first album titled ‘Trap House’ along with his Jeezy. His songs have been featured in many movies and have collaborated with other famous artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, and Marilyn Manson.
Table of Biography
Family, Childhood, and Siblings
Gucci’s family has a strong military background. To be precise, his paternal grandfather, James Dudley, Sr., served in the military for twelve years. He also served during World War II and he served as a chef during all those years. Similarly, his maternal grandfather served in the Pacific during World War II and on the USS South Dakota and his name was Walter Lee Davis. Mane’s father also served in the military and he was stationed in Korea for two years.
Gucci grew up in a poor neighborhood, which was high in crime. Being raised in such an environment, Gucci was also involved in drug dealing from an early age along with his brother. He even spent his Christmas money to acquire crack cocaine while he was in eighth grade. This was the start of his career as a drug dealer.
Throughout his school, he maintained good grades. Gucci completed his high school from McNair High School in 1998 with a 3.0 GPA and a HOPE Scholarship to Georgia Perimeter College. Gucci took a computer programming course, though he rarely attended and was kicked out in 2001. It happened after Gucci was caught with possession of crack cocaine by an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to 90 days in county jail and then probation.
Career and Professional Life
Though, Gucci used to thrive poetry at an early age, later he shifted his interest in rapping and started his rap career at the age of 14. At the age of 22, Gucci released an album ‘La Flare’ on ‘Str8 Drop Records’ in 2001. Across East Atlanta, around 1000 CDs were distributed. After a year, he became an associate member of ‘Sign Yourself Click’. He signed a deal with SYS Records and established his recording label ‘LaFlare Entertainment’ by teaming up with a record producer and DJ, Zaytoven.
Later, he moved to New York with the hope of settling a distribution contract, unfortunately, nothing went as per his thought. Gucci Mane had to return empty hands. Before releasing his debut album, ‘Trap House’ in 2006, he worked secretly with Tommy Boy Records for an album distribution contract.
Though ‘Trap House’ was one of the tops of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, their disputes separated them. In 2006, he released his second album. ‘Hard to Kill’ included “Freaky Gurl” was an independent album that secured 12th spot on Hot Rap Tracks. In 2007, the commercially released ‘Back to the Trap House’ had the remix of “Freaky Gurl”.
From 2009 to 2013
On 6 August 2010, the opening track, “Gucci Time” of his third studio record, ‘The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted’ debuted on his “MySpace profile. ‘The Return of Mr. Zone 6’, Gucci’s 10th extended play secured 2nd on Rap and 8th spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Until now, it is one of the most top-charting albums on a billboard.
‘Ferrari Boyz’ and ‘BAYTL’ are the albums associated with ‘Waka Flocka Flame’ and ‘V-Nasty’ respectively in 2011. After a year, mixed tapes: ‘Trap Back’, ‘I’m Up’, and ‘Trap God’ followed. Those albums featured other rappers like ‘ Birdman’, ‘Meek Mill’, ‘Future’, ‘Rick Ross’, and ‘Waka Flocka Flame’. In the year 2013, Gucci announced that he would be disclosing a new studio album titled ‘Trap House III”. He said that it would be in the ‘ Trap House’ series.
From 2014 to 2016
In 2016, ‘Woptober’, his 10th indie released. His 10th studio record ‘The Return of East Atlanta Santa’ ended 2016 remarkably. He made an appearance in several movies, ‘Birds of a Feather’ ‘Spring Breakers’, and ‘Gucci Mane-The Lost Footage’ are some of them.
Gucci Mane is also own a Youtube channel with the name of ‘OfficialGucciMane’. He has more than 3.6 M subscribers on his Youtube channel.
Awards and Net Worth
Before his career has complications in his career as he was imprisoned for several years. His net worth was $34M and $37M in the year 2018 and 2019 respectively. As of 2019, his net worth is $12M.
Gucci Mane has been in numerous controversies. One of such is his charge against the murder of Pookie Loc, a CTE affiliate of Young Jeezy. However, the charge was later dropped as Gucci maintained that he did it out of self-defense. Later on 16 March 2012, R&B singer Keyshia Cole came at Gucci Mane for the controversial song “Truth” in which Gucci indicated that Cole was cheating on Jeezy with P.Diddy. He also caught up in controversy with the song “Fuck The World” that had a controversial line supposedly directed to fellow Atlanta rapper Yung Joc.
Gucci Mane is active in most of the social media platforms. He is a verified user of Instagram with more than 12.8 M followers. His twitter account with his stage name, Gucci Mane has 8.1 million followers. With the username of @guccimane, Gucci has been getting the love of more than 8 million followers in his Facebook account.