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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fresh from jail, Gucci Mane's star has peaked.

click to enlarge ON THE GRIND: Only hours after being released from jail in March, Gucci Mane hit the recording studio.
  • ON THE GRIND: Only hours after being released from jail in March, Gucci Mane hit the recording studio.

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During his latest stint in jail, Radric Davis spent much of his time contemplating how he could change his life. The veteran Atlanta rapper known as Gucci Mane had built a tremendous regional following based on his oft-autobiographical songs about partying, drug trafficking and street conflict. But the same lifestyle he rhymed about had repeatedly landed him behind bars, ironically stifling his hopes for national fame.

"I got a lot of ideas together," he says of the six months he served for violating the terms of his probation, stemming from a 2005 incident in which he beat a promoter with a pool cue. "It was a time for me to refocus. I took it and made the best out of a bad situation." He devoured all of the inspirational material he could get his hands on, he says, from the Bible and rap magazines to a title from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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