released Sept 28th, 2010
from the album - Little Friend
The year 2005 was like yin and yang for Atlanta bling rapper Gucci Mane. He enjoyed success entering the charts with his first national hit, "Icy," became involved in a quarrel with that song's collaborator, Young Jeezy, and found himself facing murder charges in the Georgia courts. Before his career as a rapper, Gucci Mane, whose birth name is Radric Davis, loved to write poetry when he was in elementary school. He moved to Atlanta from Birmingham, AL, with his single mother during the fourth grade. Since progressing to rap was a fairly easy step, Gucci Mane already had spent time in a recording studio by the age of 14. The glamour and sense of fashion of rappers like Big Daddy Kane motivated him to put words to music. His locally played debut single, "Black Tee," earned him a contract with Big Cat Records, and in May 2005 the label released his debut album, Trap House, which stood at the number one spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
The beef with Young Jeezy originated from a fight over the rights to the album's "Icy" hit single, which spawned a number of dis tracks traded between the two. Within the same month of his LP's release, Gucci Mane was arrested for murder following an altercation in which he shot at a group of five men who burst into his friend's house, threatening to kill the rapper. As it turned out, the murdered attacker was an associate of Young Jeezy, but he has denied any involvement with the incident. Gucci Mane declared in court that it was self-defense, and by January 2006, Georgia prosecutors dropped all charges, citing lack of evidence. After being released from jail (on charges unrelated to the murder) that same month, he quickly went back into the studio to make his second album, Hard to Kill, which was released in October. He took the song "Go Head" from his first album and made it the lead single for the second in order to make up for the time taken away from promoting Trap House. The State vs. Radric Davis, his second official album, was released in December 2009 following a dizzying array of mixtapes.
The questionable consensus on mushed-mouth party rapper Gucci Mane is that his mixtapes beat his official albums by a mile, but The Appeal is another worthy, aboveground effort, holding more highlights than your everyday release while broadening the man’s horizons (something that certainly needed to happen). With ethereal production from the Neptunes and rapper Nicki Minaj delivering lines that are much more nimble than naughty (“I’m all that I can be/And I’ll admit, I’m appalled when you envy/Cause you can do it too/I just happen to be the girl that they threw it to”), “Haterade” is like nothing in Gucci’s earlier catalog, and when the closing “Grown Man” finds the usually sloth-like rapper rapidly explaining his family tree — and all the bad apples that fell from it — it’s downright shocking and solid. On the other hand, he’s lost none of his steadily stoned and constantly throwed appeal as he makes his somewhat slow guest Bun B sound like Twista on the opening “Little Friend.” Better still is when he confuses women and cash on the entirely Gucci “Making Love to the Money,” or gets ridiculous and between the beats on the decent roller “Gucci Time” (“White boy wasted, frat boy wasted/ Amazin’ like my bracelet I'm flossin/R.I.P. the mic, the ice got my chest moon walkin’"). If there’s a problem, it’s that mass appeal isn’t even considered and there are no grand singles for the radio heads to savor. This one is for those who would still love The State vs. Radric Davis even if the breakthrough hits “Lemonade” and “Wasted” weren’t included.
1 Little Friend Freeman 5:19
2 Trap Talk Humphrey, Roberson 4:38
3 Missing Dotson 4:48
4 What it's Gonna Be Gholson 4:24
5 Making Love to the Money Lewis, Zayas 4:07
6 Gucci Time 2:54
7 Party Animal Douglas 3:57
8 Remember When 4:27
9 Haterade Williams 4:46
10 It's Alive 3:37
11 Odog 5:13
12 Dollar Sign Duplessis, Madison 2:19
13 Brand New Dotson 3:25
14 Weirdo Gholson 4:08
15 Grown Man Duplessis, Scheffer, Swaray ... 3:35