It isn't a popular opinion, but Gucci Mane is a lyricist.
On Thursday evening, the ATL veteran finally received his flowers as he was named ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year (“Black Beatles,” “Both” and more) in a tie with Migos' Quavo. ASCAP is a performance-rights organization that collects licensing fees for its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and distributes royalty payments.
“I don't think I get enough recognition for being a lyricist," he told XXL last October. "I feel like I'm one of the coldest, as far as putting songs together 'cause it was four or five years where I just freestyled.”
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Closing in on two decades in the game, with a blunt-force lyrical approach and prolific discography, it’s safe to say this award was well-earned.
From his redemption story to his impressive output following his release from prison in 2016, Gucci Mane is a testament to hard work and dedication. Sharing the honor with Quavo, one of his many disciples, is just another example of Gucci's undeniable impact on hip-hop. Now he's got another accolade to prove it.