Gucci Mane: Hip-Hop’s Hidden Luxury

When most think of the name Gucci, Italian luxury comes to mind. The sumptuous connotation is also the name of the 6-foot-2-inch, chocolate-skinned, 225-pound hip-hop heavy hitter Radric Davis, better known as Gucci Mane.

Although he has sold half a million albums independently, the media is more attuned with his murder case, prior rap sheet, and old beef with Young Jeezy. Ready to demolish all misconceptions and prove his honed rhyming skills, the Alabama native prepares for his newest release, Back to the Traphouse.

Even with cold sleep in his voice from staying up until 4 a.m. performing his snap-friendly single, “Freaky Gurl,” at club Duvet in NYC, this flirty Southern gentleman, reppin’ Atlanta Zone 6, turns on the charm and shamelessly informs about his plans for his body, his days in the Trap, and why his grade school peers used to taunt him.

Your mother was a teacher. Was she ever your teacher in school?

Yes, she was.

What grade?

Third grade.

How was that?

Ugh, that was crazy…didn’t like it.

Why not? Did the kids make fun of you?

That my mother was the teacher? Yes, they did. That and I was scared of getting a whippin’.

In class?

Nah, at home, if I misbehaved in class.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Social studies. I liked studying history and Greek mythology.

Who was your favorite Greek character?


When did you know you wanted to be a rapper?

When I was about 17.

How did your mother react?

She didn’t think I could do it.

Really? Why is that?

She knew it was hard to accomplish, and well, I was in the streets gettin’ into trouble. I wasn’t giving her a lot to work with. I was being a knucklehead.


What were you doing?

I was selling dope, crack cocaine.

What provoked a change?

I got tired of getting locked up!

How old were you when you first got locked up?


How did it happen?

I was on the corner sellin’, and just got busted.

Do you have regrets from the early days?

No, no regrets. Well, I do regret not gettin’ focused earlier. It took me a while to get focused.

How long did it take you?

I started at 17. Didn’t get focused until 23, so six years.

That’s not a long time at all.

Yeah, but I could have been focused from young, like Chris Brown.

What was the worst thing about being locked up?

The worst part is being away from your family.

Did anyone write you?

Yes, everyone did. I got letters and spoke to them.


How did you and your father get along?

We got along great.

What did you learn from him?

I learned a lot of things from him. I learned about legal matters, learned how to gamble, how to study people’s body language, learned how to study people’s character.

Do you have any kids?


Why not? What is it that you’re waiting for?

The right woman.

Is it important to you that your son carry your name?

Yes, I want there to be a third.

How many kids do you want to have?

One or two.

Have you seen American Gangster?

Nah, I haven’t seen it yet. Why, do you want to watch it with me?

Why haven’t you seen it yet?

I have to go to the movies. I haven’t had the time.

Well, you can watch it right now in your hotel room, can’t you?


Get the bootleg.

Nah, baby, I can’t do that. I don’t support bootleg.


What kind of movies do you like?

I like comedies—Dumb & Dumber, Ace Ventura. Shit like that.

You think Jim Carrey is funny?

Yes, I like his movies. Everyone got their own taste though.

Do you like action movies?

Nah, not really.

Do you workout?


Nice, do you have a six-pack?


Are you working on it?


When are you going to have it by?

Hmm, by February.

Why February?

My birthday…I want to have a six-pack for my birthday party. I’mma take my shirt off.

Gucci Mane’s Atlantic Records label debut, Back to the Traphouse, hits stores December 11, 2007. Visit Gucci’s official website at