“I know the king of rap, me!” – Gucci Mane on why Eminem isn’t the greatest of all time

"I ain't playing Eminem in my car! You play him in yours?"

Gucci Mane declared himself the king of rap, and dismissed any claims Eminem might have to the throne in a new interview on American comedian Rickey Smiley’s radio show.

“I know the king of rap,  me!” Mane said on the show, before hosts suggested some other names who might be in contention.

“You’ve gotta come with a better name than that!” Mane said when Eminem was mentioned. “I ain’t playing Eminem in my car! You play him in yours? You sliding around playing Eminem in your car with your old lady?!”

Mane also ruled out Jay Z because he’s not from Atlanta. “He from up top so that cancels him out to me. I’m from Atlanta, how am I going to say Jay Z? It would be dumb as hell!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mane claimed that almost every rapper in Atlanta was in some way inspired by him. “

“Who I didn’t help that’s got something going on right now, that’s what we should be saying. Everybody currently in Atlanta, I indirectly helped them or inspired them,” he said. “From them telling me that or me just knowing the back story… I always helped them get to a better situation.”

The rapper also discussed his recent spell in prison. He spent two years behind bars from 2014 to 2016 after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“Prison is very challenging, it’s hard. It’s hard for me to even describe it. I grew a lot in prison but it’s a terrible place to be.”

Mane has previously served sentences for cocaine charges, driving issues and aggravated assault.

Of his new album ‘Evil Genius‘, he said: “It’s just a celebration of merit. A very good album in a very good part of my life.”