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Gucci Mane’s private post-prison party

In a photo posted on Twitter, V103's Frank Ski and Gucci Mane catch up

In a photo posted on Twitter, V103's Frank Ski and Gucci Mane catch up Wednesday night at Mane's party at the Georgian Terrace

Freshly released from jail, Gucci Mane partied with close friends last night, hosting a select group at a private dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Among the folks dining on miniature beef Wellington, peekytoe crab salad, pecan crusted chicken, bananas foster and ever-flowing champagne were R&B singers/reality show stars Monica and Kandi Burruss; rappers Big Boi, Shawty Lo and Wacka Flocka Flame; producers Jazze Pha, Sean Garrett and Drumma Boy; DJs Drama and Sense; radio personalities Frank Ski and Nina Brown of V-103 and Hot-107.9’s Durtty Boyz; Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former DeKalb CEO turned congressional candidate Vernon Jones.

Record execs from across the country, including Atlanta’s James Rhodes and Nicole Sellers and Asylum Records’ CEO Todd Moscowitz, attended as well.

“The only time you see this many Atlanta music people in one place is on the [Billboard] charts, or BET somewhere,” remarked Vawn of the Peachtree TV/BET reality show “Welcome to Dreamland.”

Mane showed up in three diamond-studded necklaces. “I feel like this is the first day of the rest of my life,” he said. “The first day of the best of my life.”

Known around the courthouse as Radric Davis, he was released shortly after midnight on Wednesday, having served six months for violating probation on an assault charge.

After his 12:30 a.m. press conference outside the Fulton County lockup on Rice Street, he said, “I just called people, thanked them for their support and just got accustomed to having my feet back on the ground. Don’t tell anybody, but I also went in the studio for a few hours, to get some things off my chest.”

And after the Georgian Terrace dinner he was headed back in the recording booth with Pha.

“Gucci said he was ready,” the producer said. “And I think we can capture some of the magic and love going on here tonight. Ooooo-weeee!”

116 comments Add your comment

atlgal

May 13th, 2010
7:43 am

Good for him!! I like Gucci Mane, perhaps he will really turn his life around, there is nothing like FREEDOM!!! He Probaby shouldnt been there anyway.

BIG Nick

May 13th, 2010
7:56 am

He’ll either be dead or back in prison within six months….

Pathetic

May 13th, 2010
7:58 am

So let me get this straight, Mr. Gucci Mane aka Radric Davis goes to prison for an assault conviction and receives a heroes welcome home upon release by area politicians, celebrities and local radio personalities? How pathetic… This type glorification is exactly why black youth face the self inflicted challenges that are before them today. Serving time in prison is no accomplishment. What a strange culture…

RufflingFeathers

May 13th, 2010
8:01 am

Here is what’s so EMBARRASING about this whole thing. I have to say though that AJC does an AWESOME job of perpetuating the cycle of stereotype and marginalization of Black people.

RAPPER does time in PRISON, gets out. Everybody who is “SOMEBODY” in Atlanta shows up at this party to celebrate what?? Oh this is the “elite” of Black people in Atlanta. Throw in there a City Councilman and Former County CEO/Congressional Candidate. (Hidden message). No matter what level they attain to, they still never rise above their natural gravitation toward “coonery”.

Oh..oh ..”Mane showed up in three diamond-studded necklaces”. Nothing like keeping the slave in chains huh? Finally, the kicker: “Asylum Records’ CEO Todd MOSCOWITZ, attended as well”. The modern day “Massa” who doesn’t look like or know anything about…but peddles the poison to the community, fully understanding the power of music and thereby ensuring the continued stagnation and even regression of a race of people.

I don’t care who does not like this; it needs to be said, and said by more Black people.

JT Sexton

May 13th, 2010
8:09 am

If that is the elite of the black community then we need help. Vernon Jones is terrible.
@ruffledfeathers- Love it! You’re a complete wacko!

Pathetic

May 13th, 2010
8:12 am

RufflingFeathers: I commend and completely agree with your post. Maybe my post came across a bit insensitive but that wasn’t my intention. After further consideration, it seems the AJC has taken this story and presented the circumstances in a fashion that is unfavorable from the outside looking in. I still think much more could be accomplished by honoring an african american vet returning from war or a recent graduate from an area school or a small business owner that offers hope thru improbable achievements in a dilapidated neighborhood, etc…

Hmmmmm

May 13th, 2010
8:15 am

Isn’t he on probation? Does part of his probation require him to not drink alcohol? Doesn’t he have some type of curfew? Oh ….. that’s right he is a THUG. He doesn’t have to obey any laws that us other people do.

RufflingFeathers

May 13th, 2010
8:16 am

@JT Sexton it is YOU who is the “Wacko”.

You are too d@mn DUMB to even realize I was engaging in HYPERBOLE and SARCASM with that statement. But then again, there is no doubt in my mind that you are the type of individual who enjoys this sort of “news”; it provides you entertainment and helps to validate your perceptions and prejudices of people.

Get a Life…and re-enroll in elementary school.

jgamble

May 13th, 2010
8:16 am

I am a little disturbed as well and I am African American. I do like his music but can’t understand why he would get a “hero’s welcome home dinner” he was put in jail for violating probation and not doing his court mandated community service not because he didn’t give up his seat during civil rights. We need to do better. And you can take this as hate but we are celebrating the negative.

HEATHER PARRISH

May 13th, 2010
8:17 am

I REALLY DONT KNOW WHO GUCCI MANE IS,BUT I DO LIKE TO HEAR STORIES OF PEOPLE(OF ANY RACE)GETTING OUT OF THOSE HELL HOLES!!!UNLESS UR RAPEING,MOLESTING,OR INFRINGING ON ANYONES RIGHTS TO HAPPINESS!!! I THINK IN ORDER TO LOCK A PERSON UP,THE PERSON DOING THE LOCKING UP SHOULD HAVE TO DO A STAY IN PRISON AS TRAINING!HOW IN THE HELL CAN YOU SEND SOMEONE TO PRISON,WHEN YOU DONT HAVE A CLUE WHAT,OR WHERE YOUR SENDING THAT PERSON INTO!!!!!! I DNT KNOW,JUST MY THOUGHTS!

Chelle

May 13th, 2010
8:18 am

Gucci will not make the same mistake twice he’s very talented and will SUCCEED in all that he’ll do from this day forward. I’m praying for him the God will BLESS HIM & HIS CAREER. Have a great day all :)

JEWELL ROLLEN

May 13th, 2010
8:22 am

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH BOTH PATHETIC AND RUFFLING FEATHERS..WELL SAID ON ALL POINTS…….HE WENT TO JAIL…NOT HARVARD!!!!

Jason

May 13th, 2010
8:24 am

Why does AJC have such a strange fascination with this guy??Same thing with T.I. and other morons who do stupid and illegal things, go to jail and for some inane reason, our city’s newspaper feels the need to report this as if he is some hero coming home. Come on, is this the kind of role model anyone, any age and of any race needs? Give us all a break! Jennifer Brett, you need to aim a little higher.

disdontmakenosense

May 13th, 2010
8:24 am

Instead of having a dinner for him, the stars and Gucci should donate their money to the school systems to try and save some of the teachers jobs and the schools that will be closing. This is not boyz n da hood where we celebrate doughboy getting out. I hope that he has learned from his mistakes and that others (rappers, artists) will get the point that having money doesn’t always sway the law.

Sam

May 13th, 2010
8:28 am

I agree with ‘RufflingFeathers’ and ‘Pathetic’. The kids today idiolize individuals like these guys and thinks its the way to go. I am hatin’ on Gucci Mane’s accomplishment but the kids needs better role models. Listen man….it starts with the parent. If we arent doig our jobs what do we expect. Sam

JT Sexton

May 13th, 2010
8:29 am

@ruffledfeathers- When I said “Love it” that meant that I did actually like it. I assumed you were saying it tongue in cheek. Now I’m not so sure. You need to relax.
How can you say that my post was prejudiced when you belittle black people, white people and I think you even took a shot at Jewish people in your rant?

Chelle

May 13th, 2010
8:29 am

^5 HEATHER P

I Thought

May 13th, 2010
8:35 am

I thought Gucci’s press statement was uuuuuurr – rewind – TI’s press statement after his release. Must have been written by the same person; statements were almost verbatim which means same soup, just reheat it. NEXT!

HEATHER PARRISH

May 13th, 2010
8:35 am

INSTEAD OF HATEING,WE SHOULD LIFT ALL OUR PEOPLE UP AND HELP THEM AND SHOW THEM BY EXAMPLE HOW TO DO AND BE BETTER PERSON!! WHEN WE ATTACK SOMEONE FOR THEIR FAULTS,WE ARE JUST HOLDING THEM DOWN!WE SHOULD NOT BE CLOSED MINDED TO OTHERS MISTAKES!WE TO HAVE MADE PLENTY OF THEM OURSELVES….

RufflingFeathers

May 13th, 2010
8:37 am

@JT
Give it a rest! Your failed backpeddling is obvious, because you called me a “wacko”. No need to try to save face now; it is what it is. I see you for who you are. Truth is, you cannot stack up to me intellectually no matter how hard you may try.

Try to twist my post around as “belittling” Blacks and whoever else. That alone speaks volumes. So now I am “belittling” my own people for screaming let’s stop providing YOU entertainment in the form of a modern day jig?? Again, you obviously enjoy the jig. I realize people have trouble dealing with the TRUTH, but it is what it as. After all, people are quick to embrace that very position when they want to cite all the crime statistics and such. They say we are playing the “race card” whenever we rebut such things. Now when I speak out I am “belittling”. You are a troll and a joke JT. I just wanted to put you on blast in front of all before I dispose of you like the soiled diaper that you are. I will not engage with you further.

Mel

May 13th, 2010
8:37 am

This guy is NOT a hero! I’m disgusted.

Perspective

May 13th, 2010
8:38 am

I for one do not see a problem with Gucci having a good welcome home. As anyone with family in jail knows, it is customary to throw a dinner or party for someone getting out of jail. IT IS NOT TO celebrate their thuggery but to awknowledge that they have a NEW LEASE ON LIFE and they SHOULD take advantage of it. I think it is great that influential people try to snatch him up before the streets get to him. Like it or not his is a person with international influence because his music is heard and loved not only in the US but in other countries. As a person who knows most of the people on the list of invitees, please understand they celebrate those who are doing great things in the community also! Just because it is not reported in the news doesn’t mean it is not happening! Perhaps if some of you were in the community doing more worthwhile things you would run across these people also! So while you are talking about what other people are doing, look in the mirror. Are you on the board of a nonprofit, do you volunteer REGULARLY in the community, do you mentor someone? The community starts with you! At least these people are trying to save a lost soul. What have you been doing?

HEATHER PARRISH

May 13th, 2010
8:38 am

BILL YOU ARE THE TYPE THAT CLOSES UR EYES TO UR OWN MISTAKES SO YOU CAN FOCUSE BETTER ON OTHERS WRONGE DOINGS!UR PROBLY A CARRUPT JUDGE OR SOMETHING!DONT ATTACK ME BY CALLING ME A WACKO,AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU AND ONLY YOU CAN LIE DWN WITH UR THOUGHTS AND FEARS!

Tavaris

May 13th, 2010
8:42 am

I AGREE 100% WITH PATHETIC AND RUFFLING FEATHERS. WELL SAID. AS A BLACK MAN I FEEL MORE OF US NEED TO HAVE THAT EXACT VIEW POINT. I HAVE SOME SIMILAR TALKING POINTS THAT I SHARE WITH OUR YOUTH AND SOME ADULTS. RUFFLING FEATHERS WOULD YOU GIVE ME A CALL AT 678-887-2425.

Mel

May 13th, 2010
8:46 am

Enter your comments here

R U KIDDING ME????

May 13th, 2010
8:47 am

Celibs celebrate the release and return to society a convicted felon. LET’S PARTY!!!!! It appears to be nothing for celebrity convicts to exit jail and a party is thrown. I wonder what is going to happen when Lil Wayne is released. As always, when they are released, they all say “I’ve learned my lesson”. He’ll be back. It’s just the “thug” that’s imbedded. The same with T.I. He’s gone to jail over-and-over again. He’s done community service (speaking to young people about how to stay out of trouble and be positive), and yet, he continues to be arrested. What a joke???? I guess next, Gucci will have a reality show…..

Kehli

May 13th, 2010
8:48 am

I don’t know why he is getting a big welcome like he just served a tour in IRAQ. He was in JAIL.
HE broke LAWS was sentenced to COMMUNITY SERVICE violated that order did not serve the community so therefore, had to do the probation period of 6 months in jail. I’m black and I don’t understand Black Culture. WTF????
He is a LOSER and everyone there supporting this behavior is a LOSER.

JustMyOpinion

May 13th, 2010
8:49 am

I have to say I agree with Ruffled Feathers. This is embarrassing. I know about Gucci but I don’t listen to him. He may be intelligent as some of you say but does that excuse the fact that he did something very wrong. He even violated probation. He’s a local celebrity if nothing else and if he’s so popular, that should have been easy to complete. At any rate, why are people celebrating? They’d probably say his release but okay was it necessary to have a dinner of this magnitude? What has he done for Atlanta? Maybe he did something that the AJC forgot to report about. You know it isn’t news unless it’s bad news. Nevertheless, Gucci isn’t a hero and definitely shouldn’t be anyone’s role model. I too took notice of how quick he put all that jewelry on. I guess that’s a rap thing. However, I wouldn’t be quick to thinking ‘Massa’ as one venter/blogger put it. I don’t think it’s that deep…but maybe it is. Who knows? The entire article is crazy…who’s who and naming names. Wow. Are you serious? What was the result of this affair? I’m not inner-city but will those that are benefit from Gucci’s release? I doubt it. But lastly, talking about the CEO (I don’t know this dude at all) and the poison he pushes. That’s enough to make me stand up and clap.

Ever heard about the ‘Truth Behind Hip-Hop’? No. Go to YouTube and search. Listen to it today as you work. You might not agree with all that’s said but I’m sure you’ll find it very interesting.

Good day people…good day.

that deal

May 13th, 2010
8:50 am

Willie Nelson was given a heroes welcome when he didn’t pay his taxes. I recall everyone purchasing his belongings at auction and giving them back to him. He also glorifies marijuana smoking but he’s given a pass. Double standard maybe?

RufflingFeathers

May 13th, 2010
8:51 am

A disclaimer.
I am also music industry “insider” of sorts and fully understand that there will be people from Gucci Mane’s publicist’s office, radio, street team and the like monitoring this board and injecting comments (like some of the ones we see) of people attempting to downplay this situation.

People love to hide behind the “don’t judge” thing. It is highly disarming (for most anyway).

I have watched the music industry murdered by corporations that had no connection to and favored the perpetuation of a “buffoon rapper” image and poisionous content to our youth. Corporations that tell the artist what they can and cannot put out and how to market themselves. They mirror the image that the corporation has in mind of them and it works. It keeps the corporation fat and wealthy, but only LEASED bling around their necks. Most of all, it keeps the consumers of their poison misguided by value systems that are severely distorted.

Samuel

May 13th, 2010
8:53 am

America is shallow that’s why we glorify celebrity at any cost. It’s about what kind of car you drive, how much money you have and status. It’s that do you know who I am syndrome.

areasshadegrey

May 13th, 2010
8:53 am

What if the celebration wasn’t b/c of where he was coming FROM (jail), but where he plans to move TOWARDS ( rising above the negative).

What I mean is- what is less celebitory and more so supportive?

And trust me— I’ve never been a fan of his. lol.

Happy

May 13th, 2010
8:54 am

Well said Perspective, I couldn’t agree more.

JT Sexton

May 13th, 2010
8:54 am

@ruffledfeathers-
Ok, Ok. Clearly you are very upset by this. You should not reply or else you risk perpetuating the “angry black man” stereotype even further. We all know how much you hate out-dated stereotypes.
All I was trying to say in my original post was that we should apprecite musicians for their musical talent, but not promote them to role model/elite status. There are many more black leaders in the business/medical/science world that we should consider the top wrung of our social hierarchy. I don’t know how this devolved so quickly.

The Truth is not Hating

May 13th, 2010
8:56 am

Good move Vernon – I’m sure that going to a party for a thug with multiple convictions is going to give your opponents all the ammo they need to beat you in elections.

Are you kidding me?

May 13th, 2010
8:59 am

RufflingFeathers: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You said it best! I was reading the article with my mouth open. I couldn’t believe that this is newsworthy and the AJC reported on a criminal being released from jail and the “elite” of Atlanta are there to celebrate. What in the World is going on????? He committed an assault and then did not follow through on probation and now he’s having a party? Oh, don’t forget…he’s getting ready to put in all on wax how “the man” is trying to hold him down. Get real people! AND I AM A BLACK WOMAN! I do not allow my children to listen to that filth that he spews from his mouth. It breaks my heart to see what is presented before our youth. Whatever happened to the African American men and women who stood for justice and education. I am disgusted!

George Bush

May 13th, 2010
9:00 am

I think these were friends of his and biz associates who wanted to wish him well. most people have friends and well wishers welcome them home . he just happens to be in the spotlight because of his career..so i think everyone should relax..if you got caught up behind some foolish behavior your friends and family etc.. would welcome you home too…

T I G R E S S

May 13th, 2010
9:02 am

Gucci Mane was in “COUNTY LOCK UP”, not PRISON ! ! ! There’s a BIG difference, I’m sure the guys down the “REAL ROAD” would be incline to agree with me when I say this is some “BULL$$$$” ! ! !

Decatur

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Amen RufflingFeathers,Amen RufflingFeathers.

G

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

You would think he would have been surrounded by family when released.

commoncents

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

HEATHER you are an idiot. I can look past the all-caps typing and blatant misspelling, but the fact that you are so clueless is almost painful. He went to prison for violating probation because of an assault charge. So, that means that first he committed and was then convicted of assault. Secondly, they placed him on probation because the court thought he wasn’t likely to recommit, but then he violated his probation! That equals a jail sentence. As to you suggesting that the court doesn’t know about the hell-hole they sent him? They know. It’s called “jail.” Jail is that special place designated for criminals and thugs, which he is.

You sum up your position very well with that last sentence: “I DNT KNOW”

On a side note, I like his music.

jay

May 13th, 2010
9:09 am

The “N-word please” quote in the article:

“The only time you see this many Atlanta music people in one place is on the [Billboard] charts…..”

What???????

Lets run down the list of invitees:

Monica and Kandi Burruss: B-list
Shawty Lo and Wacka Flocka Flame: B-list
Jazze Pha: B-list
Sean Garrett and Drumma Boy: B-list
Frank Ski and Nina Brown: D-list radio “personalities”

jay

May 13th, 2010
9:12 am

You would think he would have been surrounded by family when released.

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@ G – exactly! But these guys get caught up in the Fake-lanta spotlight and forget who family really is…..except when those records stop selling.

RufflingFeathers

May 13th, 2010
9:12 am

I know sometimes bloggers on the AJC chime in on their blog threads. I would like to present something for the blog writer; she has to be reading.

@Jennier Brett.

What value do YOU see in presenting such an article in the manner that you have as “news”? Do you feel that it helps to perpetuate certain perceptions about Black people and what we (truly) stand for?

Do you feel it helps to reinforce an image of “misguided and shiftless” Black people, who are only capable of saying a rhyme over a microphone or doing a dance?

So what.. there was a party. Let the party be. Do you honestly believe that Gucci Mane’s target audience and consumer deomgraphic are out here on the AJC blogs engaging in debate? I hardly believe so. This is why I so seriously consider the motive behind presenting such an article in such a fashion.

Sure it will spark conversation, though sometimes heated and non-productive. Is that all that it’s about?

HEATHER PARRISH

May 13th, 2010
9:13 am

KEHLI,THAT IS THE MOST CLOSED MINDED THING IVE READ ON THIS BLOG YET!TO CALL SOMEONE A LOSER!DO YOU PERSONALY KNOW THIS PERSON?IF NOT,HOW CAN YOU DEGRADE THEM LIKE THAT?I REALLY DNT UNDERSTAND SOME OF YOU..SME OF U ARE SO WRAPED UP IN OTHERS LIFE,AND FAULTS,THAT SURELY YOU DNT HVE TIME TO WORK ON YOUR OWN FAULTS!!!FOCUSE ON SELF ALITTLE!!!! WTF IS WRONGE WITH PPLE???

Greg Robinson

May 13th, 2010
9:15 am

This is what makes news and look how people are gathering around him and people are wondering what is wrong with our community.Leaders or so call leaders talking out of both sides of their mouth.WANNABEES!!!!!

HEATHER PARRISH

May 13th, 2010
9:16 am

TIGRESS,UR SOOOO RIGHT!!!!!BULL—-!!!!!!

m

May 13th, 2010
9:18 am

I don’t understand why a bunch of thugs and criminals always get top billing on the AJC. The article talks of the celebrities including Gucci Mane and Wacka Flocka Flame…really? Criminals and their criminal activity shouldn’t be glorified. Main reason why Atlanta and the AJC suck!

Tiffani

May 13th, 2010
9:19 am

Well Heather, lets not act like you’re not wrapped up in other people’s lives either, case in point, Gucci Mane (brrrr)…or else you wouldn’t even have read this article and you’d be somewhere…working on your own faults and “focuse”ing on “self alittle”…STHU.

itamazesme

May 13th, 2010
9:19 am

Well said ruffling feathers – you have revealed the hidden message behind this article – I too was taken aback by the “details” and “notable” mentions. We as black people need to realize – the race card can’t be played when we continue to play into the hands of those we accuse. I am also tired of seeing the word “THUG” thrown around as a way of describing a black male. It seems to me that this is the new word for N****R.