Guess who made another cover of another music magazine?
Following Mike WiLL Made It’s piece on the making of Everybody Looking, Gucci Mane is the focal point of Issue 105 of FADER. In his lengthy sit-down he peels back more layers and allows his fans to see Radric Davis; something he’d hardly done before.
In the interview, the Gooch talks his time in prison, his mentorship of artists such as Young Thug and Mike WiLL, and more. Some choice quotes:
On life locked up:
It was a maximum security prison and it was a lot of violence. People were dying every week. [But] I think it helped me to get to the point Im at now, to drive me out from the drugs. It gave me time to reflect, it made a lot of relationships that were toxic in my life just fall away.
On his newfound outlook on life:
When I was on drugs so bad, I talked different. When I was smoking weed, a damn near pound of weed every day, I was congested. When I was drinking lean like crazy every day, I was out my mind. I was always sophisticated, but it aint even sophisticated now its just a sober, a more conscious Gucci. And people probably aint used to it. It took a minute for me to get used to it. But theyre gonna have to get used to it because its here to stay.
On his willingness to put on others:
A lot of artists have a problem with putting other people on, and people don’t embrace them [when they do it] because it ain’t genuine. I’m always trying to help people. I wouldn’t give a damn if I get four artists right now and all of them burn me. I’mma get me four more, because I feel like the more people I help, the more good I do. No matter what a person does, helping somebody can never hurt me.
On those clone rumors:
As with everything that happens on the internet, the clone talk is more a running gag than a genuine conspiracy theory, and Gucci rightfully took it in stride when he heard the allegations. On Snapchat he made a formal non-statement in his fully stilted robot voice: “I am hearing that Gucci is a clone… I will neither support nor deny those accusations.” He elaborated later, in a day-to-day conversational tone a lot closer to his old accent, if just a tiny bit sharper: “It’s funny to me. I guess people ain’t used to me being healthy and taking care of myself and being happy, so I can understand why they shocked… embrace it. A clone is like perfection. If I look like a machine or a robot then I’m doing something well.”
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