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Gucci Mane: “I’m so big in Atlanta”

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Gucci Mane does not dream small.

The Atlanta rapper talked to The Source Magazine for its April “Green” issue.  He said he wants to be “the richest person in Atlanta,” and that he’s becoming so famous he can scarcely live his life.

“I’m so big in Atlanta right now, I can’t even go outside,” Gucci says in an excerpt the magazine sent us. “It never used to be like this. Now old people, white people, all people know who I am. Like people almost wrecking their car to take a picture of my car.”

Gucci says people have followed him home seeking an autograph and that a police office once pulled him over just to see his ride.

“Yesterday, I’m in my Ferrari, I get pulled over, the cop comes to the car and says, ‘Sorry, I just wanna see the inside of your Ferrari.’ I swear to God.”

Gucci was detained briefly when Henry County authorities raided the home of fellow rapper Waka Flocka Flame in December, but he didn’t discuss that.

“I can’t really go into detail, but I was detained, released, and wasn’t charged with any crime,” Gucci said. “When you go through stuff like that, you just got to shut your mouth and wait ‘til it blows over.”

Records show the artist, whose real name is Radric Davis, has been in the Fulton County Jail at least five times since 2005 on drug, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. But Gucci’s all about looking ahead.

“When I came out of school, I had a 3.4 GPA,” said Gucci, who went to Georgia Perimeter College. “I was always a smart guy. I always prided myself on being a challenger and making challenging decisions. I’m not perfect, but I definitely try my best to be a good person that makes wise decisions.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

221 comments Add your comment

Faith

March 15th, 2011
8:30 am

Really? **BLANK STARE** Ignorance @ its finest!

Justin

March 15th, 2011
8:31 am

Ok so let the racist remarks begin!

Amazed

March 15th, 2011
8:32 am

Never heard of him.

Brad in Jasper

March 15th, 2011
8:32 am

Wow. I’m so impressed.

shaggy

March 15th, 2011
8:34 am

Who is this person, and just why should I give a rat’s patootie?

John

March 15th, 2011
8:35 am

“I’m so big in Atlanta” – PLEASE. Get over yourself dude. You’re not that big. I would have no idea who you are if I saw you in Atlanta. Keep selling yourself on the Gucci Mane Kool-aid. Try taking a humble approach and you will get a lot more respect and still keep that over inflated ego to a minimum.

Jan

March 15th, 2011
8:35 am

His goal is to be the “richest person in Atlanta?” Talk about misplaced values…

gucci fan

March 15th, 2011
8:38 am

I’ve liked Gucci Mane for a while but, HE’S NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB IN THE BOX…..

Tim

March 15th, 2011
8:39 am

Justin – It people like you who keep racism alive and well. Moron!

gucci fan

March 15th, 2011
8:40 am

….and this coming from a guy who just had a ice cream cone tattooed on his face…..

Mr. Mike

March 15th, 2011
8:41 am

Gucci??? Yea I understand he is has a little money, but he will never be the richest person in Atlanta. He will never have more money than the top five entertainers in Atlanta. Rappers such as Luda, TI, JD, and Outkast will always have more because they are crossover artist. Gucci is too hood to be even thought about being a crossover artist.

BG

March 15th, 2011
8:41 am

Arrested 5 times since 2005??

john

March 15th, 2011
8:41 am

all i can say is numbers don’t lie, im not a fan of his or alot of rappers but if your bank saving is in 8 digits not many people are in a position to knock you

Road Scholar

March 15th, 2011
8:42 am

JF McNamara

March 15th, 2011
8:43 am

I enjoy his music for what it is, but there is no scenario in which he isn’t flat broke and in jail in 5 years despite that 3.4 GPA.

L

March 15th, 2011
8:47 am

Cue the crickets…….. blank stare!!!

bigeasy830

March 15th, 2011
8:48 am

The scary thing about this interview is that he is probably right. He seems like a fairly intelligent guy, another rapper Plies is very intelligent, but the problem with their music is that they are selling “being dumb is cool”, to a segment of the population that needs more positive examples to try to make it out of their bad situations. I did not understand this till a read an article where DMX was asked who is the worst rapper, he said Plies because he is selling “being dumb”. Gucci Mane is doing the same thing. If you are a talented artist you can write and rap about positive subjects and still make your money. Kanye West’s “Jesus Walk” was a huge worldwide hit. These rappers are told by terrible industry people that they have to rap about such negative subjects to be big artist. Well that is wrong. Drake subject mater is pretty tame and he is huge. Gucci Mane’s first hit “So Icey” hook was light and bouncy. But then his music turned darker and darker.

BravesFan79

March 15th, 2011
8:51 am

a 3.4 gpa? in what… PE classes?? Didnt his lawyer just cry to the judge a few months ago about how mentally challenged “basically” his client was… LOL
American society is going downhill because 2 many people know who retards like him are.

seemore's mom

March 15th, 2011
8:53 am

Gucci, Gucci, Guu, I’ve never heard from you (I’m just a white girl).

Mr. Phil

March 15th, 2011
8:54 am

Just goes to prove what I keep telling my kids. Any idiot can get into College. There should be no excuses.

ric smith

March 15th, 2011
8:55 am

wow, that guy is really cool( yeah right) who the hell is he and why should anybody give a darn

Scribble Dabble Doobie

March 15th, 2011
8:57 am

What a Douche Bag. Just a matter of time till he Does Something Stupid.. Guns or Dope, Get The F### real.. Looser

nobody

March 15th, 2011
8:58 am

oohhh, so he’s the guy who makes those nice purses and watches

The Role Models of the Black Community

March 15th, 2011
8:59 am

Why do you think the black community is in shambles? Kids only want to grow up to be professional athletes or rappers/hip hop artists. Doing well in school makes you a laughingstock… tell jessie jackson and the rest of these clowns to stand up for something that makes a difference.

df

March 15th, 2011
9:00 am

I want to know how this made news. Please pray for the people in Japan!

Mr. J

March 15th, 2011
9:01 am

Why is there always a “certain group” of people always judging someone by the lifestyle they live? It’s always comments made about rappers by somene that lives a totally different life. We all chose to do things that make us happy. If Gucci Mane wants to do the things he’s pledging, let him do it. What’s the big deal? But then again, there is always someone that will rain on your parade.. SAD!

Dan T

March 15th, 2011
9:02 am

Big Mistake….Gucci, you moron….you should tell everyone “I’m sooooo BIG in Europe!” At least you’d be in the same league as Slim Whitman.

Aaron

March 15th, 2011
9:05 am

Yet ANOTHER typical thug in this pathetic city. Pretty sure he will never be richer then Arthur Blank. Why are black people so messed up in the brain? Why do they get gold teeth? Why do they wear pants around their knees? Why do they wear hats sideways with stickers and tags still on it? Do they not know that makes them look even more stupid then they already are?

Scribble Dabble Doobie

March 15th, 2011
9:06 am

If He Is So Rich,,, Send some money to help japan… But wont cause he cant buy any more Bling, buy new car with F####ing Spinners, or more platinum for his grill, isn’t That right Gucci Lame.. do something with that Money..

E

March 15th, 2011
9:06 am

What an idiot. Let’s start first with the name. “Gucci Mane?” Seriously? Does the Gucci family–yes, the name is the actual name of the family who started the luxury-goods company–know about him? I’m pretty sure they don’t.
Everyone knows him? I only recently–about a year old–discovered this clown and it was only due to my much younger sibling who was playing his God-awful music. Everyone in Atlanta is not going crazy over him. Everyone in Atlanta does not know him. There are bigger stars with much more mainstream appeal.

Miss C

March 15th, 2011
9:14 am

Please we can look at Dekalb County Mugshots and see a picture of Gucci every other month. So I don’t see why anyone would be wrecking there car for a picture.

DNice

March 15th, 2011
9:14 am

Why some idiots always have to throw Jesse in the discussion. Yes he is not perfect but if that makes you feel better then that shows your intelligence. I am black and I speak for myself just like any other person should. Congrats to the rapper on his GPA. Why so much hate on whatever his major was because GPC is a part of the University of GA so I seriously doubt he majored in “basket weaving”. Obviously the non- college educated would think that because you have to take core classes anyways before your Major classes. Before you criticize me I am a college graduate with a BA-Acct and 3 classes shy of my MBA all the while serving as an Officer in the US Army as a Financial Management Officer. If I made any grammatical errors I apologize since I dont get paid to check my grammar on a blog but you are more than welcome to come to my office at Fort Monroe, VA and sit with me as I balance a budget of over 200 million for the schools I support.

OMG

March 15th, 2011
9:16 am

If you have nothing nice to say, then please do not say anything at all.

@ Aaron, you ask such questions in such the demeaning way, why? I sometimes have to take a moment when non-Black people ask ‘why this, why that’ ye their children (and truth be told, even them) ADMIRE the Black culture. It is such an admiration for some it has turned to hate. Hate is Pain, Pain is Hurt, Hurt is Care, Care is Love.

Be honest. LOVE GOD. Enjoy your life.

Just Sayin

March 15th, 2011
9:18 am

I only know who he is from reading about his criminal exploits in the AJC. What a tard.

Scribble Dabble Doobie

March 15th, 2011
9:22 am

Also Gucci,, Don’t Call use WHITE people.. You Don’t want to be Black people, Try to be Politically Correct Caucasian-American, Not White..You A@@hole.That pisses me off,,, African-Americans call use white,, but if we call them Black.. WOW , Remember your not a color! Either am I..

John

March 15th, 2011
9:22 am

Aaron you are an idoit, white people do the same. Quit stereotyping all blacks!!!! There are idoits in all races…

Aaron

March 15th, 2011
9:28 am

@John, really??? I don’t think I have ever seen a white guy with gold teeth. Most white people, except for the ones who want to embarass themselves and pretend they are black, wear clothes the normal way. Nobody wants to see some thugs boxers hanging out. Must suck to be so uneducated and not have a father.

Mr. Ed

March 15th, 2011
9:29 am

Other than having an well over inflated ego coupled with a misguided desire for personal wealth, I see no real harm here. At least this young man has some type of ambition. It’s a shame he can’t channel that energy back into the local African American community that desperately needs strong positive male role models working within the community.

up north

March 15th, 2011
9:30 am

I have never heard of him.

atlwoman

March 15th, 2011
9:30 am

Why give him press? Richest person in Atlanta? He needs a geography lesson!!!!

JC

March 15th, 2011
9:31 am

Richest People in Atlanta:

1. Anne Cox Chambers
2. Truett Cathy
3. Bernie Marcus
4. Arthur Blank




?. Gucci Mane

Word of advice – make your first billion before you buy Ferraris and what appears to be a giant platinum camera necklace.

FarmerRob

March 15th, 2011
9:32 am

@Mr. J, “Why is there always a “certain group” of people always judging someone by the lifestyle they live?”
How else Would you judge them?

But, more to the point, WHO is this clown and why should anyone care?
I’ll answer my own questions, “No one and No reason.”

My Two Cents

March 15th, 2011
9:33 am

I’ve never heard of this guy either. Just another wannabee. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz……….

Aaron2

March 15th, 2011
9:35 am

Another reason why Atlanta is just so Atlanta these days.. Sighs.

Voiceofreason

March 15th, 2011
9:36 am

Yeah, he’s a Big Fool if anything!!! While sitting in the doctor’s office a couple of months ago, I listened to three young people boast about how they knew him. I fought back the urge to just throw up at the fact that they seemed so proud of this and that they wanted everyone to know it. It would have been nice to hear them speak of someone that was more positive than this idiot. Then it dawned on me, what more could I have expected from three teens (one pregnant by the way) and the other two, which were guys walking around with their bling, bling! It’s just so sad that our children model themselves after idiots like this!! Please keep them uplifted in prayer!

atlmom

March 15th, 2011
9:39 am

Thirty eight year old, white, full time employed mother here – who happens to live in the most expensive zip code in Atlanta. I love Gucci Mane and have the majority of his songs on my i-Pod. Okay, so he’s not the smartest or most humble person in Atlanta, but who is? This city is full of arrogant artists – and criminals. He is most definitely, though, not a “wanna-be” – he is a true player in the game of rap and hip hop in Atlanta.

I MUS WRITE

March 15th, 2011
9:40 am

C’mon Son………. I used to f__k with gucci’s music -from 06-08 but his work has been terrible lately. the appeal was an epic fail. An even bigger fail is the Ice cream cone he tattooed on his face. Richest person in ATL….REALLY???? wait to aim big Gucci-Hows about im gonna stay outta jail and be a productive citizen. Or im gonna invest my money instead of waste’n ity on jewlery and automobiles.
Him and Baby need to stop with the BS

I'm so dumb

March 15th, 2011
9:41 am

Why did I read this article? Maybe I’m the retard, not the scholar of Georgia Perimeter College.

Just Sayin

March 15th, 2011
9:41 am

atlmom, that says as much about you as his quote says about him

UGA

March 15th, 2011
9:42 am

DNice, GPC is not part of UGA. It’s part of the University System of Georgia. No affiliation with UGA, so it is different. Also, it’s a two year college. So he has a 3.4 GPA at a prep school to go to college.