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Gucci Mane: Hip Hop‘s Trap Music Pioneer

Brief Profile Overview

Full Name: Radric Delantic Davis

Stage Name: Gucci Mane

Birthday: February 12, 1980

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 43

Height: 6‘2"

Net Worth: $12 million

Associated Acts: Young Jeezy, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame

Record Labels: 1017 Records, Atlantic Records

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Radric Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 12, 1980. From a young age, the future Gucci Mane was drawn to poetry and music. He started rapping at 14 and penned his first lyrics in his notebook during 8th grade.

Gucci Mane launched his career in Atlanta in the late 1990s, adopting his moniker as a tribute to his favorite clothing brands. He self-released his first studio album under the name Gucci Mane called La Flare in 2001. For the next few years, he independently built a following through a prolific output of mixtapes and local performances.

Rise to Fame

Gucci Mane‘s breakout moment came in 2005 when he released his major label debut Trap House with Big Cat Records. It was a street success, peaking at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Rap Albums chart. Songs like "Icy" with Young Jeezy first showed the rap world what Gucci could do.

He cemented his place as the "Trap God" over the next decade with a seeming endless parade of mixtapes, albums and hits. Career highlights include his 2009 smash album The State vs. Radric Davis, singles like "Spotlight" with Usher and "Both" featuring Drake, and mixtape runs like his iconic So Icey Boyz series.

Gucci‘s unmistakable flow, wittiness and earworm ad-libs like "Burr!" made him a star. His seminal albums The Return of Mr. Zone 6, Everybody Looking and Mr. Davis forged the modern trap sound. He also boosted rising talents like Nicki Minaj by collaborating.

Legacy and Impact

With over 10 albums and dozen of mixtapes released, Gucci Mane‘s prolific output is legendary. He pioneered trap music alongside T.I. and Jeezy, shaping the contemporary Atlanta rap scene. Gucci‘s creative wordplay, Southern swagger and signature style made him iconic.

Beyond music, Gucci Mane is a pop culture sensation with millions of social media followers. He transformed into a healthy lifestyle and launched entrepreneurial ventures like his clothing line and 1017 Records label. Gucci Mane even penned a New York Times bestselling memoir chronicling his wild life.

After 20 years in the game, Gucci Mane remains hip hop‘s Trap God. His influence on the culture through fashion, slang and SoundCloud rap is undeniable. Say "Guwop" and you know exactly who it is. Long live the burr!