The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive -- a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His mixtapes and street anthems helped pioneer the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Zaytoven, Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin. Yet every success was followed by setback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he's decided to tell his story. He reflects on his career and in the process confronts his dark past -- years behind bars, the murder charge, and drug addiction.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501165320
Characteristics: xv, 286 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Martinez-Belkin, Neil - Author


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Mar 08, 2018

Gucci Mane’s autobiography is a fascinating insight into the mind of one of trap music’s most interesting characters. He details his life, from his early poverty and family troubles, to his legal problems, to his eventual rehabilitation and new life outlook; and his life story is as exciting and inspiring as anyone else's has been. The description of prison, and the injustices he faced during his experiences with the legal system, were particularly eye-opening. Gucci Mane is a surprisingly strong author, having actually written this book himself rather than dictating it to a more experienced writer, as many authors of autobiographies do. I liked this one a lot overall, I would recommend especially it to anyone with an interest in rap music, but it functions very well otherwise, just as a story of a man's life; 3/5.
- @zlogan of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 07, 2017

I was LOVING this autobiography until it ended so abruptly! I was looking forward to hearing how Gucci changed after his last stint in jail, but that was not included. It makes sense, this book was wrapped up a while ago and he's only been out of jail for a little over a year. But the ending felt like it was slapped together just to end the crazy story. This DOES NOT take away from the insanity that was the rest of the book! I still highly recommend Gucci's tale of his iced out, trapped out life.


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