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Repping strong for anyone who knows their too fly, Gucci Mane stopped through the Power 106 Perrier® & Juice Studios to chop it up with the Cruz Morning show about his forthcoming 13th studio album Evil Genius, names himself the best rapper alive, and states his take on the current state of hip hop.
With ‘Evil Genuis’ dropping Friday, December 7, Mane shares with the morning crew that he recorded most of the album in Miami and wanted to convey a celebratory vibe for the album. La Flare recruited quite a few of his peers for guest appearances on the 17-track project, which includes features from Bruno Mars, 21 Savage, Quavo, Kevin Gates, and many more. Having been released from prison two years ago, the “stunt” theme of the Evil Genius LP isn’t overshadowed by Gucci’s experience behind bars as he lends his perspective to the controversy surrounding New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Gucci says, “I can imagine that it’ super hard. I done went through that. I had a murder charge and was locked up for murder when first debut album came out. It’s so much, like, uncertainty, and what’s gonna happen. It’s a very challenging time.”
The “Wake Up In The Sky” rapper reveals the meaning behind his 13th studio album where he shares the process for creating the project was a testament of overcoming his past and surviving his obstacles.
I was in jail, I got out, I’m a comeback story. I’m so glad that everybody, like, celebrated me, you know welcomed me home. I love it. But, you know, for so many years I was black-balled, you know what I’m saying. I felt like I had to scrape to get my foot in the door. It’s like look at me now. Damn, I out-lasted all my peers, I out-lasted all the critics, you know. And, I had to be like street smart and savvy, so that’s why I had to be like a ‘evil genius.’
Gucci adds, “I just had beefs with rappers that was probably more popular than me at the time. People and businesses were picking sides.” While Gucci has put much of his rap beefs behind him, he also shares many artists’ opinions don’t matter when it comes to the current state of hip-hop and the new generation of rappers. Commenting on rapper Will.I.Am’s recent remarks about the current state of the genre, Gucci expresses, “No disrespect to Will.I.Am, but a lot of the artists that I listen to and collaborate with, they probably don’t even like Will.I.Am music.”
Gucci Mane continues the interview with donning himself the best rapper alive and dares anyone who disagrees to explain why he should not have the title.
Watch the full Gucci Mane x Cruz Show interview below: