It’s been a little over a year since Gucci Mane emerged from an Indiana federal prison, a slimmer, more sober version of the Trap God we’ve all grown to know and love. Since trading in prison garb for designer duds, the Atlanta rapper hasn’t hesitated to bless fans with a surplus of music as he attempts to reclaim his career that was left in limbo.
Notorious for his ambitious work ethic, Gucci recorded his first post-prison studio effort six days after his release. The same day that Everybody Looking debuted, La Flare took to the stage for a homecoming concert at the renowned Fox Theatre. Over the course of the next year, the victory lap continued, with Gucci releasing five solo projects, as well as a bevy of collaborations (Droptopwop, GucTiggy EP, Woptober, Free Bricks 2: Zone 6 Edition, 1017 vs. The World and The Return of East Atlanta Santa), locking in a book deal, and even performing for the first time at Coachella.
Considering the overwhelming odds stacked against him, coupled with his success, it’s hard not to deem Guwop worthy of anything less than the title of a hall of famer. True to his nature and unrelenting pen game, Gucci could easily feed us his quicksilver synths and melodic hooks for the next 10 years. Before Gucci takes center stage at Billboard's Hot 100 Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19, get familiar with his eight best songs of 2017, so far.