When all my hard work is getting recognized. It makes me work even harder. – Gucci Mane
Radric Delantic Davis, aka Gucci Mane is one of the biggest stars in the modern era of rap music. With a net worth of $14 million, Gucci Mane is one of the richest rappers in the game. He’s responsible for popularizing the Atlanta-style ‘trap’ rap sound, which led to the rise of rap talent in the mid-west.
His debut 2005 studio album, ‘Trap House, set the stage for the Atlanta scene to rise in the industry. Along with rappers like Young Jeezy and T.I., Gucci Mane has a string of hit records, cementing his reputation as one of the ‘OGs’ of the trap rap sound.
Gucci Mane: The Facts
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|DOB:||February 12, 1980|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapper|
Gucci Mane added to his reputation in the trap rap community after being convicted and sent to prison. The rapper grew from the experience, turning over a new leaf to focus on his music. He’s also the head of the ‘New 1017’ record label and responsible for bringing up many contemporary artists of the last decade.
Gucci Mane – The Early Years
Born on February 12, 1980, in Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis is the son of a social worker, Ralph Everett Dudley, and Vicky Jean Davis, a school teacher. His father got in trouble with the law selling crack cocaine and heroin to support the family.
His grandmother raised him while his mother attended college in an attempt to better herself. Gucci Mane found his love for rap early in life after his half-brother bought him a ticket to watch a live show featuring the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and LL Cool J.
Gucci Mane moved to Atlanta with his mother in 1989, settling in a high-crime, low-income area of the city. As a result of his upbringing, Gucci followed in his father’s footsteps to become a drug dealer in high school.
He says he used the Christmas money he received in eighth grade to buy his first stash of crack cocaine. He was a good student and popular with the class. Two years later, in tenth grade, Gucci Mane was robbed at gunpoint, so he began carrying a firearm for protection.
He graduated high school with a 3.0 GPA in 1998, earning a scholarship to Georgia Perimeter College. However, Gucci was caught selling crack by an undercover police officer in 2001 and sentenced to 90-days in prison by the court.
Gucci Mane – Career
During his incarceration, Gucci Mane started his rap career. Throughout his career, the rapper released almost two dozen self-produced mixtapes. In May 2005, he released his debut album, ‘Trap House,’ peaking at number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.
The rapper was convicted again of firearms charges in 2013 and sentenced to six months in prison. His time in jail bolstered his reputation, emerging from his incarceration with more street cred to his name. His post-prison rap career saw him release the mixtapes, ‘Everybody Looking’ (2016), ‘Mr. Davis’ (2017), and ‘Woptober II’ (2019).
The albums all featured on the top 10 album charts in the United States. His top-selling single, ‘Icy,’ was an international hit. However, the rapper ended up in a fight with ‘Young Jeezy,’ who he collaborated with on the album.
The quarrel with the rapper resulted in Gucci landing in court on attempted murder charges. After the release of the ‘Icy’ LP, the rapper was at home when a group of five men burst into his house, with Gucci shooting one of the attackers dead.
Young Jeezy denied any involvement with the incident. The rapper declared he killed the attacker in self-defense, and the prosecutor dropped the charges in 2006. Gucci Mane would have several run-ins with the law over the next decade of his career.
In late 2006, the rapper released the album ‘Hard to Kill,’ with the single being ‘Go Head.’ His second album was ‘The State vs. Radric Davis,’ released in 2009 after a slew of mixtapes. The rapper followed up on his success with ‘The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted’ in 2010.
The album featured collaborations with top artists like Nicki Minaj, Estelle, Birdman, and Wyclef. The album ‘The Return of Mr. Zone 6′ was released in 2011, alongside two collaborative albums, ‘1017 Bricksquad Presents…Ferrari Boyz’ features collaborations with Batyl and Waka Flocka Flame with V-Nasty.
‘The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings’ mixtape dropped in 2013. The album featured collaborations with Young Scooter, Migos, Verse Simmonds, Peewee Longway, Rocko, Young Dolph, and Young Thug.
In late 2013, Gucci Mane was sentenced to prison on firearms charges, paroled in 2016. The artist kept busy in prison, releasing nearly 30 mixtapes for his fans. Two months after being released from prison, Gucci Mane dropped his ninth studio album, ‘Everybody Looking.’
Gucci released the album on his independent label, ‘Guwop Enterprises,’ debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, featuring collaborations with Young Thug, Kanye West, and Drake. Five months later, the rapper released his tenth album, ‘Woptober’ featuring collaborations with Travis Scott, Rick Ross, and Young Dolph.
Guwop saw the artist earn his first number one single on the Billboard 100 with ‘Black Beatles.’ The artist closed out a busy 2016 with ‘Return of the East Atlanta Santa,’ debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 20.
Gucci Mane continued his career renaissance into 2017. The artist dropped ‘The Shawty Redd collaborative EP 3’ online for free, collaborating with the producer ‘Metro Boomin’ on the track ‘Drop Top Wop’ on the first anniversary of his release from prison.
‘Drop Top Wop’ featured collaborations with 2 Chainz, Offset, Young Dolph, and Rick Ross. Gucci would drop his 11th studio album, ‘Mr. Davis,’ later that year, featuring collaborations with Migos on ‘I Get the Bag,’ the Weeknd on ‘Curve,’ Monica on ‘We Ride, Nicki Minaj on ‘Make Love,’ and several other top tracks.
The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The rapper closed off 2017 with his third LP release of the year, ‘El Gato: The Human Glacier.’ His 18th studio album was produced by Southside in the Top 30 albums chart.
In 2018, Gucci collaborated with Migos on ‘CC’ and OSBS on ‘I Know.’ He closed out the year by dropping his 13th album, Evil Genius, featuring collaborations with top artists like Kevin Gates, Quavo, 21 Savage, Bruno Mars, Lil Yachty, and Migos.
In 2019 Gucci Mane released ‘Delusions of Grandeur,’ with the album featuring collaborations with Meek Mill, Justin Bieber, and Anuel AA.
The album made it into the Billboard Top 10. The second release of 2019, ‘Woptober II,’ featured the hit singles ‘Big Booty’ and ‘Richer Than Errybody.’
Gucci Mane started 2020 by signing the up-and-coming Atlanta rapper, ‘Ola Runt.’ The rapper joined him on his mixtape ‘Beggin for a Body.’ In the coming summer, Gucci released ‘So Icy Summer,’ showcasing the up-and-coming talents Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano. The album also featured the seasoned talents of Young Thug, Future, and Lil Baby.
Several months later, Gucci Mane dropped ‘So Icy Gang, Vol. 1. Featuring artists from New 1017. In 2021, the rapper decided to transition back to solo records, releasing the track, ‘Sh*t Crazy’ featuring BIG30, landing on his 15th studio album, Ice Daddy.
The set included the hit single ‘Like 34 & 8’ featuring Shiesty, with his record ‘Shiesty Season,’ receiving a debut at number three on the Billboard charts. He produced another compilation album in October 2021, showcasing the New 1017 talents of BiC Fizzle, Hotboy Wes, Enchanting, Pooh Shiesty, and Figures Foogiano.
He released his collaborative mixtape, ‘So Icy Boyz,’ featuring appearances with Quavo on ‘Sno Cone’ and Lil Baby on ‘Whole Lotta Ice.’ The rapper started off 2022 in the fast lane, dropping hit singles like ‘Rumors’ featuring Lil Durk, ‘Blood All on It’ featuring Young Dolph and Key Glock, and ‘Publicity Stunt.’ All of these singles landed on the album ‘So Icy Gang: The ReU.’
Gucci Mane – Legal Controversy
Gucci Mane is one of the hardest-working rappers in the hip-hop game. The artist released more mixtapes and albums than almost any other rapper in the trap scene and in hip hop in general. However, the artist also has a reputation for running afoul of the law. He’s spent years in prison during his career and experienced charges that could have landed him in jail for very long sentences.
In 2001, Gucci Mane was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. This initial offense saw the rapper spend 90 days behind bars. In May 2005, the rapper experienced an attack by a group of armed men at someone’s home in Decatur, Georgia.
He shot at the group, killing someone in the process. The victim’s body was discovered behind a middle school building. The rapper turned himself in and received murder charges for his role in the event. He claimed he shot in self-defense and escaped charges.
The year prior, Mane had also received assault charges after being involved in a skirmish at a nightclub in Atlanta. The assault saw him go to jail for six months. The rapper also served a year in prison for violating his probation by failing to complete his community service on his 2005 assault case.
The rapper was released in May 2010, and he went back to jail in 2013, being released in 2016. The rapper has since managed to stay out of prison.
Gucci Mane – Personal Life
Gucci Mane has experienced a challenging personal life. Along with his several stints in jail, the rapper filed a lawsuit in November 2013 against his former manager Debra Antney and rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who is her son.
The lawsuit details show Gucci claiming Waka and Debra were stealing from his earnings while he was their client. Gucci alleges Debra and Waka stole his jewelry and mismanaged his assets and royalties while appointed to manage his career.
The rapper claimed the pair left him close to broke, facing severe problems with the IRS due to their mismanagement of his career and finances.
On October 17, 2017, Gucci Mane got married to Keyshia Ka’oir. BET paid for the costs of the wedding by producing a ten-part web series, ‘The Mane Event.’ The show features episodes with Ka’oir organizing the big day and the couple walking down the aisle on a red carpet sprinkled with diamonds.
Gucci decided to propose to Ka’oir after finishing a performance at an Atlanta Hawks game. The rapper has one son, born in 2007, but the rapper only met him for the first time in 2016.
Gucci Mane Quotes
I don’t give a damn how you feel about me, I sip lean pure codeine and I don’t give a damn what you say about me.
I will keep on hurdling and keep on hustling.
Before I make an action, think about the consequences. … Any decision I make is a heavy decision.
If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce.
I try to take a couple of young guys under my wing and tell them what I’ve learned, because you can’t teach nobody if you don’t know anything.
Unfortunately I’ve been to jail a couple times. Anytime I come in it’s difficult to make music, write songs.
I believe I can make all the money I’ve missed. But I can’t regain the time with fans and family.
I feel like if I show people how good I’m doing with myself, then it’ll bring people to want me to manage them as well.
I’m satisfied and proud of the things I did – even the bumps and the bruises that I’ve had on the way. You fall down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you keep going. And that’s what we’re doing.
I’m not a fan of anybody music who I feel like a sucka. I don’t listen to you. They play you in the club, you can have the #1 jam, but if I know your character, how can I listen to your music?