We’re coming up on six months since Radric Davis, the ineffable rapper known as Gucci Mane, was released from prison, a stint mostly served at Indiana’s Terre Haute Correctional Facility. During his incarceration, the 1017 Brick Squad founder and label head saw his name appear on more than 25 releases, including collaborations with Migos and Young Thug, Peewee Longway & Young Dolph, Honorable C-Note, and impressive solo efforts like Trap God 3, Trap House 5, 1017 Mafia: Incarcerated, Trapology and Brick Factory 3, the latter underappreciated as a collection of cuts from Young Thug’s time with the label (with plenty of Peewee Longway verses, too). The tenacity of his release schedule while incarcerated has no historical precedent or contemporary rival; it is one of the single greatest redistributions of music from artists to the masses in modern times (even compared to the Young Thug/Rich Homie Quan leaks of 2015).
Freedom saw the lean, focused Gucci Mane of 2016 becoming the “King of Snapchat” with a feed full of star-studded encounters and opulent outings, with his Instagram also achieving new levels of followers and status. In addition to gaining social media dominance, the reformed Gucci Mane, or Gucci 2.0, has continued to record music at a steady clip. His third album since coming home will be titled The Return of East Atlanta Santa, the third in his series of Christmas-themed album titles (the music itself bears no reference to the holidays), touted by the artist to be his best album of the year.
A lot has happened since Gucci Mane got out of prison, and for those simply keeping up with the major headlines, it can be hard to follow. This article documents some of the significant events on Gucci’s post-prison timeline.
May 27, 2016 – Drops the track “First Day Out Tha Feds,” featuring production from Mike Will Made It.
May 28, 2016 – “First Day Out Tha Feds” streamed more than one million times in its first 24 hours.
June 1st, 2016 – Gucci Mane and Zaytoven hit the studio together.
June 13th, 2016 – Outed as Game of Thrones fan.
June 16th, 2016 – Featured on “We Gon’ Ride” by Dreezy.
June 18th, 2016 – Performs his homecoming show at The Mansion Elan in Atlanta.
June 21st, 2016 – Gucci Mane Denies being a clone.
June 22nd, 2016 – Drake corroborates Gucci’s claim.
June 23rd, 2016 – Gucci releases new song “All My Children.”
June 24th, 2016 – Gucci Mane pops up on Riff Raff’s new album, Peach Panther.
That Same Day – Gucci Mane announces July 22nd release date for new album Everbody Looking, shares album art.
July 5th, 2016 – Drops single “On Me.”
July 6th, 2016 – Previews Everybody Looking tracklisting.
That Same Day – Featured on Bricc Baby (nee Shitro) song “Touchdown” alongside Peewee Longway.
July 7th, 2016 – Zaytoven teases possible Gucci Mane and Drake collaborative project.
July 12th, 2016 – Featured on Migos single “Now.“
That Same Day – Releases new solo single “Multi Millionaire LaFlare,” featuring production from Southside.
July 13th, 2016 – Drops “Guwop Home,” a Young Thug featuring effort produced by Zaytoven and Mike Will Made It.
July 14th, 2016 – Featured on Peewee Longway’s “Pocket Watchin.”
July 15th, 2016 – Drops Everybody Watching intro “No Sleep.”
July 16th, 2016 – Appears on official remix of French Montana’s “Lockjaw.”
July 19th, 2016 – Drops “Waybach.”
July 20th, 2016 – A New York Times profile describes Gucci’s sobriety and outlook on life.
July 21st, 2016 – Drops “Pussy Print.”
July 23rd, 2016 – Gucci Mane’s proper return to the stage features Drake, 2 Chainz, Young Dolph, Peewee Longway, Fetty Wap and OJ Da Juiceman.
July 26th, 2016 – Unmoved by the excitement in the air, Waka Flocka Flame says he and Gucci still are not friends.
July 28th, 2016 – Gucci Mane covers FADER Magazine.
August 11th, 2016 – Appears on Sevyn Streeter’s “Prolly.”
August 19th, 2016 – Appears on “No Limit” G-Mix.
August 22nd, 2016 – Releases GucTiggy mixtape EP with Zaytoven.
August 31st, 2016 – Releases Zaytoven-produced single “Last Time,” featuring Travi$ Scott.
September 2nd, 2016 – Gucci formally announces Woptober, cites release date of 10/17.
September 20th, 2016 – Drops Metro Boomin’-produced track “Bling Blaww Burr,” featuring Young Dolph.
That Same Day – Is released from house arrest, begins probation.
September 24th, 2016 – Waka Flocka Flame suggests he and Gucci have been in touch over the last few years, but still aren’t on good terms.
September 26th, 2016 – Appears on “Not Impressed” by 24 Hrs, a pseudonym of Royce Rizzy.
September 27th, 2016 – Gucci Mane memoir confirmed to be in the works.
September 30th, 2016 – Appears on Birth of a Nation album.
That Same Day – Gucci Mane and Young Thug cover XXL.
October 6th, 2016 – Appears on “Bentley Coupe” by Lil Yachty.
October 11th, 2016 – Drops “Icy Lil Bitch” off Woptober.
October 17th, 2016 – Gucci Mane announces next album The Return of East Atlanta Santa, due 12/16.
November 1st, 2016 – Drops “I Told You,” featuring Young Thug.
November 2nd, 2016 – Drops “Floor Seats,” featuring Quavo.
November 3rd, 2016 – Drops “Moon Walk,” featuring Chris Brown and Akon.
November 6th, 2016 – Asserts that The Return of East Atlanta Santa will be “album of the year.”
That Same Day – During a performance at HBCU Florida Memorial University, Gucci urges the audience to vote, citing his felon status as the reason he can’t cast a ballot himself.
— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) November 8, 2016
November 14th, 2016 – Gucci appears on the remix of Common’s “Black America Again.”
November 15th, 2016 – Gucci Mane and Future release surprise collaborative mixtape Free Bricks 2.
With so much already under his belt, it’s exciting to imagine what is yet to come. As we await the arrival of his next album in less than two months, it might be a good opportunity to look back on some of his best songs from the recent prison period and brush up on the one and only Wop. Thanks also to HotNewHipHop for providing much of the documentation cited in this article.