Gucci Mane Divulges On Why His Label's Artists Keep Facing Jail Time

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1017 Records is home to a couple of current or past prison stints, something that Gucci Mane said reminds him of his own trajectory.

Gucci Mane's 1017 Records hasn't been very lucky when it comes to its artists' experiences with the prison system, an unfortunate reality that is too heavy to be treated as a "coincidence or correlation" argument. It's something that he's always been upfront about wanting to support his team through, and something that he recently talked about with his wife. Moreover, Keyshia Ka'oir's All Things podcast's first episode invited Guwop, and despite their close bond, she didn't hold back on some tough questions. While this definitely took him aback for a moment, it was interesting to see what his candid remarks were on something so serious.

"So the streets want to know why all your 1017 artists keep going to jail," Keyshia Ka'oir asked Gucci Mane, who expressed surprise at the opening. "Oh, wow. So that’s how we gon' start?" he asked his partner. "I was one of those type of artists, I was always going back and forth to jail. I try to help those artists that I feel I see a lot of myself in." The "TakeDat" MC also posited that he's always there to try and lend his artists in legal situations a helping hand "through their little bumps or whatever they’re going through. But I feel like if I’m not helping them, who else gon' help them? Nobody says that part of the story."

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Furthermore, that part of the story is crucial when you consider the careers of Pooh Shiesty, Foogiano, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Ralo, and more 1017 affiliates caught up in the prison system. Some of them already made it out, others remain behind bars, but Gucci Mane has publicly stood by all of them throughout their struggles. It's not easy for a label boss to manage all these different careers, and even harder to see them develop in the way they have. But it's a process he always seems willing to go through.

Meanwhile, speaking of Keyshia Ka'oir, she recently addressed pregnancy rumors that seek to take their relationship to the next level. We can only wonder what other revelations might come forward as a result of this All Things podcast, for which we'll have to wait and see. As for 1017 Records, we wish all these artists the best in achieving accountability, dealing with their situations, and making it out. We're sure that once they are free, Gucci Mane will be there with open arms to welcome them back to the game.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.