Gucci Mane opened up about his new album, ‘Everybody Looking,’ his future plans and more. It marked the Atlanta rapper’s first interview since his release from prison and he reflected upon how he is getting his life back together, maintaining sobriety and more.
The 36-year-old MC is back on the scene. He has been serving the final months of his more than three-year prison sentence under house arrest in Marietta, Georgia. He had been arrested, convicted and sentenced for possession of a firearm by a felon. He will not be released until September. Nonetheless, he’s about to release his new album, ‘Everybody Looking.’ It’s his first album since 2013’s ‘Trap House III.’
While that might seem unusual, for Gucci Mane it’s almost the norm. He’s pursued his music career in spite of 10 arrests over the past decade and a half. In an interview with The New York Times, he reflects, saying, “It’s been tough to be a Gucci fan.” Elaborating, he went on to say, “It’s been tough to be a Gucci friend, a Gucci sibling, a Gucci girlfriend or a Gucci partner. I done took people through a lot, man.”
He also opened up about his long history of drug use, which he dates back to age 17; marijuana and alcohol since his teen years. Since age 21 he had also been drinking lean, a.k.a. syrup — prescription strength cough syrup. He also said he sometimes did ecstasy or prescription pills.
He said, “I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober. Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt like sex wouldn’t be good sober. I associated everything with being high.”
Continuing, he said ““In hindsight I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict.” He added, “I was naïve to the fact that I was numb.”
Elaborating, he said, “I can’t say I felt happy my last six, seven years in the music business. I was just numb. You told me that I was doing good or told me I was doing bad, you hated me or loved me, either which way I greeted with nonchalance. It was sincere nonchalance — like, I really didn’t care.”
He opened up about what it was like to quit these substances during his time in prison, saying, “It feel like death'” He went on to say, “Your body just craving lean bad. Stomach tore up, can’t think straight. Just mad at the world. Temper so short, so violent, so aggressive. So just rude and toxic.”
He went on to say, “I’m my own therapist…I been changed from before I even got out. People seeing now the effect of how I started thinking from maybe early 2014.”
His prison stint also changed how he approached music. He said that for the first time he was writing the music down instead of relying on freestyling as before. He said that half of the songs on ‘Everybody Looking’ were written behind bars. He said, “I made like a pact to myself: When I get out, no matter what happens, I must record these songs.” Reflecting upon the process, he said, “It was so real when I wrote it.”
You can see the full interview here. He also speaks his physical transformation, his weight loss and his newly chiseled physique.
The new album ‘Everybody Looking’ is due out on July 22 and will feature collaborations with Drake and Kanye West among others whom, he told the Times had reached out to him when he was released to home confinement. Other collaborators include Lil Wayne and Young Thug.