This southern-influenced rapper ,Radric Delantic Davis professionally known as Gucci Mane is an American hip hop singer and recording artist who has pioneered ‘trap music’—a subgenre of hip hop. His actual name is Radric Delantic Davis and Gucci Mane is his stage name. He took to writing verses during his childhood, began experimenting with rap music when he was 14 years old. He released an album named ‘Trap House’ on his own that featured the number “Icy” in which his colleague and rapper Young Jeezy lent his vocals. Though the song was well received by music buffs and enthusiasts, the promising rappers’ collaboration fell apart as they had an ugly spat over the copyrights to the single. Soon after, Gucci was indicted with murder after one of his colleagues used a firearm against a motley group who were allegedly attempting to usurp his brand ‘So Icy’. While Gucci was still on trial, he was yet again slapped with charges of battering the promoter of a nightclub. Following the dismissal of the murder case due to insufficient evidence, he was eventually released from jail after serving a six-month sentence for mugging. Shortly after, he unveiled his second album ‘Hard to Kill’ which was followed by the release of a string of indie albums and studio recordings in the subsequent years. Gucci has recorded and made public countless mixed tapes as well as featured in a couple of movies in his professional career so far.
- February 20, 1980
- Start rapping when he was 14 years old.
- He made his mainstream debut in 2005 with his first national hit, “Icy.”
- Has 11 official studio album.
- He released Mr. Daviss, his 11th official studio album. The effort featured guests like Migos (“I Get the Bag”), the Weeknd (“Curve”), Nicki Minaj (“Make Love”), Monica (“We Ride”), and many more.
- It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.
Radric Delantic Davis with stage name Gucci Mane was born in Birmingham county of Alabama on 12 February 1980. His parents separated and he was raised by his mother. At the age of nine, he moved to Atlanta with his mother.
He demonstrated a flair for penning verses as a child but took to rapping when he was 14 years old.
Gucci released an album ‘La Flare’ under the record label ‘Str8 Drop Records’ in 2001 when he was 22. Approximately 1000 CDs of this album were distributed publicly.
In 2002, he, as an associate member of ‘Sign Yourself Click’, signed a deal with SYS Records and also established his recording label ‘LaFlare Entertainment’ by teaming up with Zaytoven, record producer and DJ. Thereafter, he shifted base to New York with the objective of clinching a distribution contract but came back home empty handed.
Following his introduction to Big Cat, the head honcho of Big Cat Records, he recorded and unveiled a track “Black Tee” after finalizing a deal. He also joined forces with Young Jeezy, a budding local rapper and together they released a song “So Icy”.
Gucci carried on working secretly, signing an album distribution contract with Tommy Boy Records while getting ready to launch, ‘Trap House’ his first indie album.