Why Gucci Mane Matters

Why Gucci Mane Matters

Why Gucci Mane Matters

After serving a two year sentence in federal prison on a charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 36-year old Radric Davis, better known as rapper Gucci Mane, was released on May 26th, 2016. Gucci Mane’s sentence was originally set to end in September of this year, and albeit set to serve the rest of his sentence on house arrest, he is not wasting any time.


The morning following Gucci Mane’s release, he premiered a song on New York’s Power 105.1 FM called “First Day Out Tha Feds”, which he recorded the previous night with producer Mike Will Made-It. Since then, he has released a collaboration with Kanye West, set to feature on the second G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Winter to be released later this year. He also premiered a collaboration with Drake this past Saturday on the Canadian crooner’s Beats 1 radio show, OVOSound radio.


Gucci Mane has not even been out for two weeks, but is most definitely not slowing down. The ATL native has never been one to slack. Over the span of his 11 year career, Gucci has released about 80 projects (albums, mixtapes, EPs, etc.), however, his influence on mainstream, rhythmic, and even EDM music is often overlooked.


After stepping onto the scene in 2005 with his debut independent album “Trap House”, Gucci saw success with hits like “Icy”. The Zaytoven-produced single “Icy” marked the beginning of an era of trap sounds. Today, trap is one of the most popular subgenres of electronic dance music, with producers such as Mike Will Made-It, Rusko, Metro Boomin’ and 808 Mafia citing Gucci as an influence. Without Gucci Mane popularizing the aggressive snare, hi-hat, and TR-808 infused beat styles we know today as “trap music”, we probably would not have the hits we love from artists such as Fetty Wap, DJ Snake, Young Thug, Dillon Francis, and many more.


In the less than two weeks since Gucci Mane has been released, the self-proclaimed trap god has released a few promising summer bangers, reminding everyone that he is one of the original pioneers of trap style music. This year has been a great year for music, and Gucci shows no signs of letting it slow down.