If endless font of information Wikipedia is to be believed, Trap God will be Gucci Mane’s 27th solo mixtape–a staggering number that does not take into account three solo albums released on major labels, five solo albums released independently, four collaborative mixtapes, two collaborative albums (for those keeping score at home: 41 projects total, not including unsanctioned releases). This impressive number doesn’t incorporate an extensive list of guest appearances from mixtape tracks to Mariah Carey singles.
All told, Gucci Mane has been one of music’s most startlingly prolific voices since his debut in 2005—he’s a rapper achieving success largely on his own terms, flooding fans with a steady stream of the content that satisfies and, at best, showcases a peculiar wit and singular style. With the arrival of Trap God and a rejuvenated Gucci, now seems a perfect time to dig into some career highlights and provide a primer on one of rap’s more divisive figures, hailed as a wordsmith by some, a curio by others, and dismissed as a mush-mouthed fool by others still. The intersection of these elements makes him a consistently compelling artist, as likely to inspire fervent defense as outright rejection.
Take a trip into the wild, wonderful world of Gucci Mane and check out his 15 essential songs.
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