Starting today , Gucci Mane can include “distributed writer” to his effectively stacked list of qualifications, as his life account is formally out on the planet. Composed amid his three-year stretch in an Indiana government jail, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane follows the rapper’s ascent to acclaim, from the roads of Atlanta and past.
Addressing MTV News journalist Gaby Wilson, Gucci said he read the collections of memoirs of Mike Tyson and Johnny Cash for motivation. He at first began composing as a route “to kill time” in jail, yet putting his contemplations on paper wound up helping him take advantage of another vein of innovativeness.
“I learned that I can be more than a rapper,” Gucci said about working on the book. “I really feel I have a future in writing books if I wanted to do that. It came easy, it’s really easy.”
While Gucci will surely take some time to celebrate the release of his first book, he’s already looking ahead to the next one, which will involve some of his most dedicated fans.
“While I was writing this book, I had compiled all my fan mail. I wanted to just make a book of all my fan mail I received in prison, because [there were] some amazing letters I received,” he explained. “Inspiring ones, funny ones, informative ones where people were telling me, ‘This is the hot artist when you get out’ or ‘This is the hot producer you should collaborate with.’ Even with 21 Savage, people wrote me like, ‘21 Savage paid homage to you and did a Free Guwop mixtape.’ All these things I was learning from the mail in prison.
“I was like, ‘It might be good if I just saved all these letters,’” he continued. “So I saved them and that’s my second book that I’m kind of planning to drop. I feel like it’s interesting — I’ve never heard nobody do that before.”
In the meantime, Gucci’s also gearing up for his wedding and for the release of his 11th studio album, Mr. Davis, which arrives on October 13 and which he calls the “audio version” of his book. He’s clearly a busy guy, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The autobiography, the wedding, new album… it’s just a lot,” he said. “I’m blessed. This has been one hell of a year.”1 of 1