This is not titled the autobiography of Radric Davis. At first, it’s hard to discern a hero from the murky recalling of our famed narrator. Necessary evils are in abundance and, at times, you may find yourself sympathizing with even the most hardened of thugs but that’s only because the autobiography assumes readers are smart enough to know that their trade is a means of survival. Luckily, the narrator is also acutely aware of this and often blurs the line between a drug dealer and self-taught medicine man aiding those in need of a fix. But make no mistake, although we are guided through this story by a seemingly jolly, larger than life rock star, this is serious business. This is so serious, in fact, that our characters are required to cook up lighthearted music in hopes to offset the grim reality surrounding them. The autobiography of Gucci Mane is a near 300 pages of blunt surrealism. Stories of fabled artists such as Juvenile, Future, Migos and Young Thug are sprinkled into the narrative through the lens of our highly prolific and introspective orator. With this book deal, Gucci Mane only adds to the heavy workload he’s accumulated since his life as a free man as of September 20th, 2016. Now crowned the people’s champ, Gucci Mane can’t lose. Flipping every loss into a chance at reinventing himself, Gucci Mane proves himself to be one of this decade’s most deserving superstars.
Tales of the drug-dealer turned rapper turned inmate turned pop icon that is Gucci Mane are so solidified into rap’s convoluted mythology that you may find yourself asking what purpose this text even serves. Through the 280 pages of the autobiography, fans of the artist won’t find any new stories or juicy tidbits to add to their collection. Instead, they will be met with the meditative musings of a fellow man reminiscing about a distant past he can’t seem to shake. Gucci Mane’s frustration with his previous decisions is understandable. But it is those same decisions that will keep readers coming back for one more re-telling. With Gucci Mane controlling the narrative, you’re exposed to the tragically human characteristics of famed Hot Boy Juvenile, who tried to short Gucci for a verse and Jeezy who turned a vapid feud over a verse into a life or death situation. For skeptics of Gucci-mania, some recollections may seem dubiously thin but it’s our narrator’s southern charm that allows us to overlook these revisions. Having been to jail on multiple occasions, been on probation, checked into rehab and even placed in solitary confinement readers too can easily grow frustrated with the repetition. Gucci’s southern charm can only do so much in the face of the law and high strung narcotic agents. Even when everyone around him comes to his aid, Gucci can’t seem to see past himself, a notorious side effect of heavy drug use. But despite our narrator’s predictability his story never seems drawn out. Gucci Mane’s contributions to trap music are not to be understated. It’s this forefather mentality that makes his lore intriguing but it’s his acutely American aspirations that propel the autobiography to its last page. The man wants to get rich.
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane serves as a classic tale of promise, spiraling into misguided energy and culminating in a blazing display of debauchery. But what separates this tale from the misery-porn that is so prevalent in America’s ghettos is the emergence of a phoenix. It’s hard to believe that Gucci Mane started his rap career before the likes of Jeezy or even Kanye West. Mastering the art of reinventing oneself is no easy feat, especially when navigating through America’s corrupt correctional facilities. However, Gucci Mane’s resilience is ultimately his greatest asset. Never known for lyrical ability, instrumental voice or noteworthy production, it’s Gucci Mane the character that sells tickets. Although his rapping ability has greatly improved since his last stint in prison, he is still far from anyone’s top ten. It is Gucci Mane’s impact that ascended him to rap-godhood. From Detroit’s own gangster scene to Chicago’s drill and the billboard’s celebration of Lil Pump, Migos, and 21 Savage, Gucci Mane’s influence can be felt in every corner of rap’s soundscape. Successfully ushering us out of Hip-Hop’s seemingly evident demise in snap music, Gucci Mane is a rap savior. The autobiography of Gucci Mane is worth the read, if not for information then inspiration. This is not titled the autobiography of Radric Davis. This is a story about the American dream. About a red-blooded American who, despite his own vices and the justice systems corruption, came out on top and made a name for himself; Gucci Mane. Brrrr.
FEATURES December 3rd, 2017
Article written by: Xavier Mattison