In a cover interview with The Fader, Gucci Mane talks about life after prison, his success in hip-hop and how he manages his career while on house arrest.
The rapper, who claimed he recorded his newly released album Everybody Looking in six days following his homecoming, has been busy since his release from prison in May. The hip-hop artist released a video for “Guwop Home”, performed alongside Drake, Future, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap and others for his Atlanta Homecoming concert and is looking to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The article follows the rapper in his home to talk about his time in prison, to which Mane said: “It was a maximum security prison and it was a lot of violence. People were dying every week. [But] I think it helped me to get to the point I’m at now, to drive me out from the drugs. It gave me time to reflect, it made a lot of relationships that were toxic in my life just fall away.”
The artist definitely did not let prison stop his career and doesn’t want his stint in the federal detention center to effect fans’ views on his music.
“I never really made music to make people try to feel sad,” said Mane. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I want them to feel powerful, I want them to feel aggressive, I want them to feel invincible.”
Being sober has made him more “conscious,” the rapper revealed.
“When I was on drugs so bad, I talked different. When I was smoking weed, a damn near pound of weed every day, I was congested. When I was drinking lean like crazy every day, I was out my mind. I was always sophisticated, but it ain’t even sophisticated now — it’s just a sober, a more conscious Gucci,” said the rapper. “And people probably ain’t used to it. It took a minute for me to get used to it. But they’re gonna have to get used to it because it’s here to stay.”
Read the full interview with Gucci Mane here.