The most important album of Gucci Mane’s career is scheduled to surface in stores December 8. For Gucci, the title The State vs. Radric Davis took on an all-too-real relevance a couple of weeks ago when the rapper was sent to jail for 12 months.
He violated the terms of his probation, and at a time when he should be on the road promoting, Gucci is behind bars. He does have a slew of mixtape tracks holding him down in the streets and the clubs. A Gucci set is necessary for just about every hip-hop dance floor now. For the mainstream, the Zone 6 rep left a calling card: “Spotlight” with Usher. Meanwhile, “Wasted” with Plies continues its mammoth success.
Things couldn’t be better for Gucci, career-wise. Despite the LP’s grave title, The State vs. Radric Davis finds Gucci in many jovial moments.
The weightiest part of “Heavy” is the beat. Producer Shawty Red makes a track that sounds like it came out of a cartoon and was pimped with roaring bass for the booty-shake clubs. “Real heavy, real heavy,” Gucci raps on the hook. “Somebody help me, my chain heavy/ My ego is toooo big/ It’s getting’ heavy/ My head is gettin’ tooo big, it’s too heavy.”
Jazze Pha uses piano as the soundscape for “The Movie.” The track sounds as if an old Charlie Chaplin movie was filmed in today’s ATL trap.
“I’m jumping out my coupe with the missing roof,” Gucci raps. He then tells the ladies out there he is not looking for any type of serious relationship. ” ‘Do you remember me from last month?’/ I can’t remember nothing but my last blunt,” he jokes.
Gucci totally changes his stance on the Zaytoven-produced “I Think I’m in Love.” He raps about a woman he feels is “God’s gift.”
“Bad Bad Bad” has Keyshia Cole on the hook. That record takes a harsh look at love lost. “I can do bad, bad, bad all by myself,” Keyshia sings on the chorus. Meanwhile Gucci pleads his case: “I’m a bad boy, but there’s still so much good in me/ If you take me out the ‘hood, there’s still the ‘hood in me.”
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