The New York Times profiles Gucci Mane ahead of "Everybody Looking."
Gucci Mane continues to promote the fact that Everybody Looking is dropping on Friday, although we don't yet have a pre-order iTunes link, we're hoping that doesn't mean anything. Promo-wise, everything is on track-- the New York Times just published a piece on GuWop today, which serves as a nice lead into the album.
In the NY Times piece, which was conducted by Jon Caramanica and served as Gucci's first post-prison interview, the rapper talks about the stark changes he's made in his life, all of which started while he was still locked up. He speaks on becoming sober, losing weight, and risking it all with prison sentence after prison sentence.
"I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober," the ATL native says of being a drug addict. "Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt like sex wouldn’t be good sober. I associated everything with being high. In hindsight I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict,” he said. “I was naïve to the fact that I was numb."
He continued, "I can’t say I felt happy my last six, seven years in the music business. I was just numb. You told me that I was doing good or told me I was doing bad, you hated me or loved me, either which way I greeted with nonchalance. It was sincere nonchalance — like, I really didn’t care."
He also acknowledges he's inspired his fair share of imitators (well, this isn't the first time he's acknowledged that since his release), however he asks one pertinent question: "Can y’all copy living how I’m living? Can y’all copy getting y’all life together?"