Gucci Mane, "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted"

66 Billboard Rating

Less than a year after releasing his major-label debut, and just a handful of months since being freed from jail, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane is back with new album "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted." The set-which features guest appearances by Bun B, Swizz Beatz, Ray J, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Wyclef Jean and Estelle-finds Gucci unapologetically laying claim to his undying ties to the streets. The rapper taps his inner Tony Montana on the track "Lil Friend," where he raps, "Could've been a doctor, should've been a lawyer/I go to court so much I coulda been my own employer/Imma die a dopeboy." Elsewhere, with police sirens heard throughout, "Trap Talk" is another ode to his drug-dealing past. But Gucci shifts focus on songs like "Making Love to the Money" and "Dollar Sign"; the songs don't express his love for the illegal lifestyle but rather recount the financial benefits of taking that path. In usual hip-hop fashion, "The Appeal" also offers something for the ladies ("Remember When," featuring Ray J) and the club-goers (the Swizz Beatz-produced "Gucci Time").

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