On May 26th, 2016 Gucci Mane was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana. On May 26th, 2017, Gucci Mane tweeted out a handy infographic that detailed his 12-month redemptive journey. Between the one (1) memoir (set to release later this year), eight (8) rap projects, nineteen (19) music videos, and like a billion (1,000,000,000) features (alongside high-profile acts such as Usher, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars), it’s probably safe to say he’s the hardest working man in the industry.

Even if he never got his just dues as a lyricist, Gucci’s unrelenting work ethic has always been his one infallible trait. However, since his return to the scene last June with “First Day Out Tha Feds,” the stark, unflinching recount of his time away, the narrative surrounding his talent has clearly shifted—the masses now seem to recognize his place as a true pioneer. Unfortunately, that’s not to say that folks now acknowledge the brilliantly elusive, almost nerdy way he approached freestyle rapping in the mid-to-late '00s.

If you’ve been a fan since the jump—before the rap game became littered with his children, before the 1017 factory era that birthed superstars like Metro Boomin, Migos, and Young Thug, before the infamous ice cream tat or the Bart Simpson chainthis recent run probably isn’t all that surprising (except for, maybe, how relatively tame it is). You're probably even bored. But for those just hitching themselves to the 1017 bandwagon, there's nothing but bright-eyed adoration for the trap icon. This lack of reconciliation between the distinct arcs of Gucci’s career makes a lot of new praise feel like overcompensation for missing out on the man’s creative prime. 

But I guess it’s to be expected. You can’t blame the older fans for wanting to nestle up with the stream of consciousness idiosyncrasies found on Chicken TalkThe Burrprint (The Movie 3D) or Writing on The Wall, and you can’t blame new fans for being swept up by this current iteration of his perpetually charismatic aura. As far as the actual quality of his recent output is concerned though, the most rational take is, of course, somewhere in the middle.

Each of his past eight projects have their fair share of highlights. A few tracks even see him channeling that pure, linguistic magic he used to finesse with ease, but not everything hits. We've ranked these projects, and we look forward to y’all disagreeing with our list in the comments below because, on top of his work ethic, another pillar of Guwop has always been his ability to be pervasive and polarizing. It would be a shame if we all started agreeing about his work now.

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