The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Gucci Mane

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - BY GUCCI MANE WITH NEIL MARTINEZ-BELKIN JOE SMITH-EN­GEL­HARDT

GUCCI MANE HAS ES­TAB­LISHED HIM­SELF as one of the most ubiq­ui­tous rap­pers of the 21st cen­tury, and in The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Gucci

Mane, gives in­sight into his in­trigu­ing rise to fame, from be­ing a drug dealer on the streets of At­lanta to a hip-hop house­hold name. The book de­tails strug­gles from feuds with fel­low rap­pers to ex­ces­sive par­ty­ing to the mul­ti­ple prison stints that loosely frame his story. His lat­est (and hope­fully last) stay in jail came af­ter the rap­per iso­lated him­self at the height of his codeine ad­dic­tion, lead­ing to him be­ing charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm. The book is jammed with anec­dotes about Mi­gos’s dis­be­lief that Gucci Mane was call­ing to work to­gether, dis­cov­er­ing Nicki Mi­naj while on tour with Lil Wayne and the rise of famed At­lanta pro­ducer Zay­toven.

These are fas­ci­nat­ing, but it’s sto­ries from prison that help shine a light on a world largely hid­den from view. Fans will be pleased with the be­hind-the-scenes peeks, but the big­ger story is about how one man worked his way to the top and had to choose be­tween chang­ing his life or los­ing it all. (Simon & Schus­ter)

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