Radric Davis, better known as rapper Gucci Mane, has arguably had the best year of his life thus far. He is fresh off the release of his second album in five months, was dismissed from his probation two years early, and is set to marry model and entrepreneur Keyshia Ka’Oir tomorrow. On top of this, his recently released autobiography has been sitting on New York Times’s best seller list for the past four weeks.
“The Autobiography of Gucci Mane” offers readers an introspective look at the rapper’s upbringing, legal troubles, and path to sobriety. While there are many truths revealed and bombshells throughout the book, below are a few interesting facts from Gucci’s autobiography.
1. He was originally set to feature on Usher’s “Love in this Club.” – Usher’s “Love in this Club,” which featured Young Jeezy, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 2008. However, Gucci Mane was originally set to contribute a verse to the track. “A year or so [before the release of Mario’s “Break Up”], I was supposed to be on Usher’s song ‘Love in this Club,'” Gucci recounted. “And then when I heard it on the radio I wasn’t on there and Jeezy was. Incidents like that had kept me away from collaborating for a long time.” Gucci Mane and Usher have since gone on to collaborate on tracks like Gucci Mane’s “Spotlight” and Chris Brown’s “Party.”
2. He and Selena Gomez didn’t meet during the filming of “Spring Breakers.” – Around the time of the release of “Spring Breakers” in 2013, rumors began to circulate about Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane having a casual fling during the movie’s production. Gucci dispels these rumors, saying “Despite crazy rumors that came out that something happened with me and Selena Gomez, we never even met during the making of the movie. We didn’t share any scenes together.” Since the release of “Spring Breakers,” the pair has collaborated on Gomez’s most recent single, “Fetish.”
3. He signed Migos to Brick Squad on impulse. – During the early days of 1017 Brick Squad, Gucci’s longtime producer Zaytoven showed him Migos’s music video for “Bando.” He noticed many similarities with his music and their’s, noting that “these boys were talking about cooking up work in the kitchen and they were making it fun. It was upbeat. Animated. Catchy. Silly.” He later called a booking number listed in the video description and informed Migos that he wanted to sign them. An hour later, Quavo and Takeoff arrived to Gucci’s studio.
4. It was him who posted those tweets during the infamous Twitter rant of 2013, not a hacker. – Shortly before his most recent prison stint, Gucci Mane went on a Twitter rant, in which he made slanderous remarks about Nicki Minaj, Migos, Waka Flocka Flame, the CEO and COO at Atlantic Records, among several others. He admits that his rant was drug fueled and that “somebody from the label had tried to diffuse the situation by claiming [his] Twitter account had been hacked, but nobody was buying it.”
5. He has a son. – Perhaps one of the most shocking bombshells of Gucci Mane’s autobiography is the revelation of him having a son. While Gucci was in rehab, he quietly sneaked away to catch a flight to Houston to record tracks. During the flight, the plane managed to get caught in a severe thunderstorm. He noted that during the plane’s turbulence, all he could think about was his son. “I know what you’re thinking. What son?,” Gucci said. “Truth is, I didn’t know him all that well either. I’d only learned I had a child a year before. He was already ten months old. A girl I used to see has a baby and people were saying it looked like me…I took a blood test and sure enough, I was the father of a little boy.” Later in the book, Gucci later recalls sitting in prison deciding that he needs to get clean and sober, citing his soon-to-be wife Keyshia Ka’Oir and his son Bam as main reasons.
“The Autobiography of Gucci Mane” is currently available for purchase anywhere books are sold. Also, be sure to stream Gucci Mane’s new album, Mr. Davis, available on all formats.
Source: Mane, G., & Martinez-Belkin, N. (2017). The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. New York: Simon & Schuster.