Gucci Mane is a free man once again. The rapper was released from Fulton County Jail in Atlanta shortly after midnight on Wednesday (May 12) after serving six months behind bars for violating his probation on an assault charge. He was welcomed home by family and friends including Shawty Lo, and issued the following statement to the awaiting press.
“Unfortunately, my incarceration also came at a pivotal point in my career, just as my first major label album was dropping. I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community. I am looking towards the future with a newfound respect and appreciation for the law and a strong dedication to my music and my career.”
He’s already planning his next album, The Appeal, due later this summer, and will perform on June 6 at Hot 97′s annual Summer Jam in New Jersey.