Last February, a respected top exec from Asylum Records toldme that Gucci Mane was going to blow up this year. Most record label reps have a way of talking uptheir artists, and I have learned how to see through the bull.
But I knew this particular guy knew what he was talkingabout. I know Gucci's music. I remember when we first got the video for "Icy"with Young Jeezy. Gucci was one of those independent artists with enough gameto get mainstream attention, and he worked it.
He had been bubbling for years. I could not figure out why2009 would be the time for his breakthrough.
However, by last Spring, Gucci's profile had begun to pickup. The former indie rap artist from Atlanta(though born in Alabama)was landing high profile looks. He appeared on remixes for top 10 singles fromthe Blacked Eyed Peas and Mariah Carey. He is a significant part of the appealof Mario's "Break Up." Then he got Usher to sing the hook for his song"Spotlight."
The plight of Gucci sounds complicated.
Prior to his November sentencing, Hot 97 personality andhip-hop expert Miss Info sat down with Gucci to help make things simple andplain. In an exclusive interview clip, Miss Info gets Gucci to explain the introspectivemessage behind his song "Worst Enemy" and finds out what prompted him to askYoung Jeezy's ex-girlfriend Keyshia Cole to guest on his song "Bad Bad Bad."
Though some hip-hop from southern artists gets shunned,Gucci explains why he considers himself a bonafide MC.
Check out the above video interview.
His album, "The State Vs. Radric Davis," sold 89,000 copiesduring its first week on sale, entering the pop chart at No. 11.
- Young Jeezy
- Asylum Records