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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

Rapper Gucci Mane recounts his life as an artist and provocateur in his memoir.

Gucci Mane, with Neil Martinez-Belkin

For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused and positive — a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in east Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music.  

In his extraordinary autobiography, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of east Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past — years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows — the making of a trap god. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music. (From Simon & Schuster)

From the book

I've got such strong ties to the city of Atlanta that people forget I didn't move to Georgia until I was nine.

My roots are in Bessemer, Alabama, a country coal town about twenty miles south of Birmingham. My great-grandparents on my daddy's side, George Dudley Sr. and Amanda Lee Parker, moved there in 1915 from the even more rural Greensboro, Alabama, where the Dudley family tree dates back to the 1850s.

George Sr. and Amanda headed to Bessemer in search of a better life. It was an area rich with natural resources — coal, limestone, ore — all the ingredients to sustain what was then a booming industry — steel. George Sr. managed to secure employment as an ore miner at the old Muscoda Red Ore Mining Company, near the community of Muscoda Village.

Back then steel companies looked out for their workers.   


From The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin ©2017. Published by Simon & Schuster.

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