Gucci Mane talks about signing Chief Keef to Bricksquad, being locked up with Young Scooter, and how he and Waka Flocka "always work it out".
Gucci Mane has had a busy year. So far he's starred in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers", released 5 mixtapes, been in and out of jail, and had a highly publicized beef with Waka Flocka Flame. That's not even mentioning his new album Trap House III which dropped last week, and his recent Brick Squad signeeChief Keef. Gucci spoke with XXL, detailing much of his busy year, including his time spent in the pen with Young Scooter, his recent love affair with auto-tune, studio-life, and his belief that he and Waka will work things out eventually.
Check out some choice excerpts from the interview below.Â
XXL: There was reportedly an issue with iTunes releasingÂ Trap House IIIÂ a few days later than originally planned. What happened there?
Gucci Mane:Â They said that some of the files we had sent to them was corrupted, so it was some sort of technical error. They apologized for it. I donât think they did it on purpose, âcause they get a percentage of that too. So it was unfortunate, but itâs the No. 3 album on iTunes right now.
âHell Yesâ and âPoint In My Lifeâ are great. Youâre really doing a lot with the Auto-Tune.Â
I love that shit man. I could do that shit good. Thatâs why I keep fucking with it.
The album was initially supposed to come out in July. What made you bump it up?
I really wanted to drop something before Memorial Day Weekend. I always felt like Memorial Day Weekend is the beginning of the summer, so as a strategic move I felt I needed to drop something for the hood. To coincide with people going to Myrtle Beach and people going to Puerto Rico and people going to Miami. I wanted my music to be the theme music for the summer.
Youâve dropped five mixtapes this year in addition to this album. Do you ever leave the studio?
I donât even go to sleep. I just record 24/7.Â I donât leave the studio because you never know when youâre gonna make a big song that will change the whole situation. Itâs not like, âTomorrow Iâm going to go to the studio from 10 to 6 and the next day Iâm going to go from 6 to 12, and then Iâm going to make a hit the next day.â One day I might make no songs âcause I might be tired or the next day you might not have no good beats. Music comes when it comes, so I always want to be around the music.
What are you working on now?
Iâm just working on my Brick Squad group album which will drop this summer. Itâll be me, PeeWee Longway, Young Thug, Dolph and of course Chief Keef. I even got songs with Waka on there. Iâm just gonna drop a collection of all the best songs weâve been making. I dropped a mixtape for every artist on my label, so now I feel like itâs just time to put our album together and show everybody the chemistry we got together.
Speaking of Waka, whatâs going on with you guys right now?
There was more of a miscommunication and things got misconstrued. But we got too much of a good thing. Whatever we got to work out, we always work it out.
Thatâs what everybody wants to see happen. So how did you and Keef link up?
He a big fan of mine and I just see a lot of potential in him. I feel like all these years Iâve been in the rap game, thereâs a lot of things that I wish I could have did a different way. So I just feel like if nothing else, I just want to give him some advice so that he can just enjoy his career. Just show him that trouble is so easy to get into. Itâs really more of a big brother thing. Thereâs a business arrangement of course, but I just really like him as a person. He hard. He for real. The young people take to whatâs real, what they perceive as authentic.
Is it true that you and Young Scooter were cellmates in jail recently?
Yep. We were locked up in the same jail. Thatâs true.
How did you guys spend your time there?
We would see each other in jail. I donât evenâ¦Iâm so glad to be out of there. I donât even want to talk about being in jail. I just canât wait âtill Scooter come out of there. I understand why somebody on the outside of jail looking in on somebody would want to know about it, but to me, thereâs just not much I could say about it.
Scooterâs album was also supposed to come out in July. Is that going to be pushed back?
Scooter says he wants to push the album back so he can promote it more. He donât want to just throw his album out there before going out and telling the people how hard he worked on it. Heâs got his own label too, and as his partner I got to respect his wishes. Heâll be home soon. Itâs unfortunate, but heâll come home soon and reap the benefits of his hard work.
A lot of people were talking about your appearance inÂ Spring Breakers. Do you plan on doing any films again anytime soon?
Thank you man. I really appreciate that. I got another one coming out in June that I executive produced.Â Itâs calledÂ The Spot. Itâs got me and Keyshia Dior. It got Rocko in it. Itâs got like two or three Atlanta comedians in there. Itâs like a comedy. It got Scooter in there. It got OJ in there. That shit crazy.