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Guwop grows up

Cover of The Autobiography of Gucci
A review of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin

Even if you haven’t heard of trap music, you’ve heard it. A hip hop subgenre born out of the American south, with fast and hard drums and lyrics about the drug underworld, trap music has taken the world by storm — dominating all of hip hop, America’s most consumed music, and infiltrating pop music in general.

Gucci Mane isn’t known as the Trap God for nothing. He was there from the start — early 2000s Atlanta. And while he wasn’t the first trap rapper in the game, the last decade has revealed Gucci, aka Guwop, aka Radric Delantic Davis, as trap’s most enduring elder statesman (sorry T.I.). Gucci’s success is due to myriad factors, from hit songs (“Pillz,” “Lemonade”) that have inspired internet memes and indie rock covers, to signing and mentoring some of today’s biggest acts (Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd, Future). Not to mention his wild, fascinating, and drama-filled life — from poverty to prison to stardom to prison again and, finally, to sobriety, marriage, and happiness. 

Written in clean, accessible prose, Gucci Mane’s biography is a timeless rags-to-riches tale, elevated by its subject’s inimitable charisma and flair. Recommended for fans of celeb bios, addiction memoirs, rap, the music biz, street lit, and face tattoos of ice cream cones. 

Apr 24, 2018