It may be time for hip-hop fans to tune out the constant influx of new music and look toward a new medium, as one of this month’s biggest releases is not an album but a piece of literature — a book that tells the life story of the one and only Gucci Mane. Written by Radric Davis himself, with the help of Neil Martinez-Belkin, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is sure to be an unrivaled portrait of one of the most important figures in modern rap.
In fact, the book will likely be such a compelling work of nonfiction that it warrants its own suspenseful trailer, which was put together by renowned ATL photographer Cam Kirk. The trailer shows images from Gucci’s childhood and from his more portly days during the beginnings of 1017 Brick Squad. We also see the mugshot that initiated his three-year prison stint, which ended in May 2016.
“I feel like a lot of the mistakes I made, I can’t make them mistakes no more,” Gucci says through the prison phone. Since leaving the pen, Gucci has completely turned his life around — forsaking drugs, getting engaged, and working harder than ever before. That inspired work ethic has already created four projects (Everybody Looking, Woptober, The Return of East Atlanta Santa, and Drop Top Wop) that are among his best ever. And his next album, Mr. Davis, is right around the corner.
Due out on Sept. 15, Mr. Davis will be the perfect accompaniment to The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, which hits retailers on Sept. 19. After so many setbacks and so much time served, who could’ve thought Guwop would be the rap superstar that he is today? “It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music,” reads the Simon & Schuster press release. This is the true story of the genesis of a Trap God.
Pre-order The Autobiography of Gucci Mane via Amazon, and head here to reserve a copy of Mr. Davis, which will feature Migos, The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj, and more.