Gucci Mane Embraces "Anything That's New," Should Others Follow?

“It’s nothing in Atlanta that ever moves that I don’t touch.”
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“It’s nothing in Atlanta that ever moves that I don’t touch.”

Since being released from prison, Gucci Mane has done a 180 and doesn’t really look or sound like the Gucci we used to know. The Atlanta native has gotten healthy and sobered up, and he looks pretty damn good. He’s also announced his second project of 2016, Woptober, while dropping off the second single from the project, the Young Dolph-assisted “Bling Blaww Burr.”

In a new interview with Funkmaster Flex, Gucci went into detail about his life post-jail, his new album, and who he’d like to work with.

“I love collaborating, you know what I’m saying,” Gucci said, “I love working with people so I like the young people. So maybe like 21 Savage, Young M.A—these are people who I’m just now meeting, I’ve never even met—Dae Dae. All the young people who in the thing that’s hot. Lil Uzi Vert, I’m a fan—Lil Yachty. Anybody who hot, and the kids say he hot, I think is hot. That’s how I do. I embrace anything that’s new.”

Gucci clearly doesn’t subscribe to the same opinion as many others—Ab-Soul, Pete Rock, Blueprint, Anderson .Paak—who believe the latest wave of "rappers" are disrespecting rap’s legacy.

In the interview, Gucci concedes that this is the new generation’s moment.

“At the end of the day, it’s a different generation—and it’s theirs, not mine. But instead of me judging it, I embrace it and support it, and commend them and be like they creative, they smart.”

Such a cosign by Gucci holds a lot of weight, considering—like he says to Funk Flex during their conversation—“It’s nothing in Atlanta that ever moves that I don’t touch.”

The rappers he mentioned—21 Savage, Young M.A, Dae Dae, Uzi, Yachty—should feel blessed that their names even touched his lips.

They don’t call Gucci Mane the Trap God for nothin’.


By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.

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