Gucci Mane Finally Meets His Favorite Author Malcolm Gladwell
Back in October, an image of Gucci Mane holding Malcolm Gladwell's 2013 novel, David and Goliath surfaced, which quickly caught the attention of Twitter users and the best-selling author and sparked the beginning of the rapper's friendship with Gladwell. On Monday night, fans were able to witness what came of the budding friendship as Gucci finally met his "favorite" author and sat down with Gladwell at the YouTube Space in Manhattan ahead of his autobiography's release to discuss which artists keep him inspired and how he remains relevant in today's music scene.
Guwop spent roughly two years in prison before being released a few months early back in May 2016. According to HighSnobiety, on Monday Gucci revealed that while he was behind bars he used much of his leisure time to prepare his upcoming novel, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, and looked to authors Joel Osteen, Robert Greene and, of course, Gladwell for inspiration.
Elsewhere in the interview, the rapper admitted that today's artists aren't as inspiring as the artists he grew up listening to.
"When I was first coming up and it was like me, T.I., Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Juvenile and I would hear all that and be like let’s go record. But when I listen to music now, it doesn’t make me want to record," he said. "But when I go listen to something like the old [50 Cent] Get Rich or Die Tryin' album, it makes me want to record. It puts me in that place where I was before."
Gucci stated later on that his accessibility is what keeps him relevant and is also what earned him a Fifth Harmony collaboration: " I think a lot of artists when they get big, they don’t collaborate. The more money they make, the more closed off they are. That’s why they kind of self-destruct."
After his interview, the "I Get The Bag" rapper hopped on Twitter to praise the best-selling author again and extended the opportunity for the two authors to collaborate in the future. Gladwell responded by tweeting, "I mean....." followed by a photo of himself and with the rapper. "There is WAY more where this came from. Trust me." Gladwell teased.
Check out Gucci Mane and Gladwell's Twitter exchange below.
I mean..... https://t.co/Skk1eP2ChE— Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) September 12, 2017