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Gucci Mane - 'Everybody Looking' Review
Gucci Mane’s first album since leaving prison is a riot of big-hitting confessionals, plus Kanye and Drake guest spots
Drama, though, has never inhibited his creativity. New album ‘Everybody Looking’, the rapper’s ninth, is the latest addition to an eye-wateringly large discography: Mane dropped no fewer than 29 mixtapes while in prison, including Christmas Day 2013’s ‘The State Vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings’. His release in May this year sparked mass exultations across social media.
In an effort to return with a bang, Mane has turned to two of his trusty producing lieutenants – Mike WiLL Made-It (he of Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’) and Zaytoven – and some of hip- hop’s most famous for guest spots. A reverential-sounding Drake delivers the chorus on the bouncing ‘Back On Road’; the darker ‘Pussy Print’ has Kanye and Mane discussing their ‘narcissism’; and fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug is typically frantic on ‘Guwop Home’.
The rest of ‘Everybody Looking’ is set aside for Gucci and his confessional sermons. ‘No Sleep (Intro)’ is a revealing autobiographical tale about his struggle to get off booze and drugs, while ‘Pop Music’ takes on his detractors (although given the nature of his most recent conviction, lines such as "Fuck all that rap beef, let’s have a gun battle" may be a little short-sighted). ‘Robbed’, meanwhile, demonstrates some self-deprecation that refreshingly cuts into that braggadocio: "I reminisce about the day I got robbed / Ain’t ashamed to say I got robbed". Mane’s plodding style of narration may not be the most magnetic in hip-hop, but his stories are captivating.
His legend was amplified during his stay in prison and with ‘Everybody Looking’ he’s consolidated it. The intrigue that surrounds him remains, the songs he’s releasing are fresh and exciting, and he’ll probably drop another mixtape next week - just to keep things interesting.
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