Gucci Mane thrust back into the spotlight this year with his collaboration with up-and-coming rap group Rae Sremmurd in the viral hit “Black Beatles.”
This isn't his first brush with a top song, however. Gucci Mane produced hits long before his viral collaboration with the Mississippi duo. If you’re new to one of southern hip-hop’s most long-standing figures, here are five things you may not have known about the man they call Gucci.
1. You may not know his real name
Everyone knows him by his stage name, but many don't know his actual government name. The man known as “Gucci Mane” was born Radric Delantic Davis on Feb. 12, 1980. Yea, Gucci Mane sounds so much better.
2. He wasn’t actually born in Atlanta
Gucci Mane consistently mentions Atlanta on his records as if that was his hometown. He was actually born in Birmingham, Alabama, and in 1989, his mother moved him to Atlanta, where he has been ever since.
3. Even when locked up, Gucci Mane was still releasing albums
While Gucci Mane was incarcerated for a spell, that didn’t stop him from issuing records. Between 2014 and his release last year, Mane released a slew of mixtape albums conceived from songs that he had written prior to him being sent to the slammer.
4. “Black Tee” was a response to “White Tee”
In 2005, Dem Franchize Boyz had a hit called “White Tee.” In response to the catchy tune, Mane released the more menacing “Black Tee,” which would go a long way in establishing Mane as a star in his hometown.
5. “Black Beatles” is Gucci Mane’s first number one hit
Gucci Mane has been on the scene for quite some time, and it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that he hasn’t had a number one hit until he collaborated with Rae Sremmurd on 2016’s monster hit “Black Beatles.” That track would net Mane his first trip to the top of the Pop charts, a trip he would no doubt want to take again.
You can catch Gucci Mane live and in person June 24 at the BET Experience at L.A. Live. Click here for tickets and more info.