- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (September 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501165321
- ISBN-13: 978-1501165320
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 519 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A captivating dive into the mind of Radric Davis. . . . The book provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, detailing a volatile and fascinating life . . . By the end, every reader will have a greater understanding of Gucci Mane, the man and the musician.”
“A story of black manhood in the American South as never described before. . . . an eye-opening look into the life of the Trap God and the sound he influenced. . . . a revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.”
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“Reads like a drugged out crime thriller on A&E. . . . A thorough look into the experiences that molded one of rap's most polarizing figures in recent memory.”
"Few careers have been as tumultuous as that of Radric Delantic Davis. Through sheer grit, shrewd intelligence, and a stubborn unwillingness to be counted out, he transformed himself from a street hustler, drug dealer, and occasional strong-armed robber into a modern day Zone 6 prophet. Even while incarcerated, Gucci remained a cult hero to a generation that reached far beyond the Southern city where his influence first blossomed. His is a story of overcoming adversity, taming internal demons and rejecting the imposed labels of others."
“Gucci Mane’s story is one of reinvention.”
“Highly-anticipated . . . a serious look inside his major life struggles and triumphs.”
“The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, written with music journalist Neil Martinez-Belkin, quietly defies the conventions of the celebrity memoir genre; in parts, it reads like what I can only describe as pop culture poetry. . . . In its conversational candor and the razor-sharp image it evokes of a particular era, it felt reminiscent of Patti Smith’s Just Kids.”
About the Author
Gucci Mane, born Radric Delantic Davis, is a critically acclaimed, platinum-selling recording artist. He has released nine studio albums and dozens of mixtapes. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Keyshia Ka’oir. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is his first book.
Neil Martinez-Belkin is the former music editor at XXL Magazine and has written extensively about contemporary hip-hop with a regional focus on Atlanta. He lives in Boston.
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Gucci Mane better known as Radric Davis, was born in Alabama and grew up in Atlanta. He came from a very poor upbringing and a volatile home. Growing up without a father, and living in a single-parent household, Gucci was determined to make a better life for himself. Surrounded by poverty, drugs, and family members who were violent and abused alcohol, Gucci becomes a product of his environment. He turns to selling drugs and has many run-ins with the law. Confused and feeling invincible quite often, Gucci repeats his mistakes. Turning to music to try to get away from the “dope game,” he realizes all that glitters in the music industry is not gold. He faces portrayal, money losses, and backstabbing from friends-turned-foes. As soon as he thinks he’s got a good foot in the door, his addictions causes him to end up in jail once more.
I appreciate Gucci’s backstory and the details about the music business, in particular, southern hip-hop. I’m from the east coast, and honestly, I only listened to a few artists like Outkast, Goodie Mob, and T.I. the rest of the artists I had never heard of, but Gucci made me curious enough to Google the names of different ones he mentioned as being legends of the South. I must admit, I too like some of the songs now.
While the story of Gucci’s life was a good read that kept me turning the pages, there are quite a few gaps, which he admits were intentional, but other things such as his children or son “Bam” is mentioned as an afterthought. There’s also not a lot of details about his mother and his family as he gets older. Where were they when he got into all of this trouble? There is only one scene where his mother tries to save him, she then disappears. Also, the book came to an abrupt end, as if someone felt it was long enough or he simply didn’t want to go into any more details.
In all, I hope Gucci Mane is out of jail for good. I’m glad he’s living a healthy and happy life with his wife and children.
The only negative I can critique is that you can tell that Gucci's alternative writer helped word and phrase many sentences because this book does not always have Gucci's voice. However, it is a very thorough and quick read that is a must read for die hard Gucci Mane fans as well as addressing and introducing concepts very succinctly for readers nor familiar with Guwop's life story.
I found The Autobiography of Gucci Mane to be an excellent book! Autobiographies are so much fun to read because they are stories that really happened. Gucci Mane lived all of this and came out on top. Love Live Gucci.
I am glad for Gucci that his life turned out so great now. He is a brilliant rapper who keeps getting better. Read The Autobiography of Gucci Mane and educate yourself on this Atlanta legend!