‘The Autobiography of Gucci Mane’ A Story Of Struggle And Rebirth


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Gucci Mane performing at 515 Alive in Des Moines, Iowa.

Gucci Mane’s decision to offer a raw glimpse into his fascinating life in The Autobiography of Gucci Mane” is one of his best yet in his rehabilitated career.

Released on Sept. 19, the book by the Atlanta rapper in partnership with writer Neil Martinez-Belkin sits at No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the Rap and Hip-Hop musician biographies category. 

Gucci Mane, as discussed in his book, was the first person ever to simultaneously rap and sell drugs as a career. He ran into trouble with the law many times throughout his life and was most recently released from prison in 2016 after serving a three year sentence for federal drug and gun charges.

In September, Gucci Mane’s three year probation order was terminated two years early, and Sept. 19 marks the official end of his sentence. On the same day, his book was released worldwide.

The rapper’s highly anticipated memoir is a total success; it’s everything and more than a reader could look for. Gucci Mane recounts his life, from his childhood growing up in Alabama to his most recent prison stint.

The 37 year old gives a personal look inside his life struggles, triumphs, prison time and family life. He discusses his struggle with addiction and how his most recent prison sentence changed his life for the better.

Gucci Mane provides suitable advice from particularly dangerous situations that would have never been regarded in that way until they were explained in depth throughout his book. Gucci Mane’s ability to reflect on his life and find closure with the decisions he made is a great strength in the overall attitude of the book.  While discussing his early hustle life, he brings back memories from a very different point in his life and refurbishes them to apply to his life now.

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can get lost in the sauce,” he said.

After working as a drug dealer for the majority of his life, and now that his unhealthy habits are far behind him, Gucci Mane can truly focus on what matters to him most: creating a positive impact on the world through his music.

This book describes in extreme detail the delicate moment in the courtroom leading up to and after his sentencing that acted as an extremely good hook for the reader to be drawn in by.

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“A few minutes later Judge Jones was ready to make it official. But before he handed down my punishment, he had some words for me.” he said in his book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.

This very moment changed Gucci Mane’s life forever and due in part to the brilliant rendition of it by Neil Martinez-Belkin, this part of the book stands out.

“Thirty-nine months straight up wasn’t going to be easy. But I could get through it. And when I got out I’d still have some time to make things right. When I did come I’d have to start moving a different way. I was getting another chance but this was the last one. They were making an example out of me this time. Next time they were throwing away the key. No room to make the same mistakes,” he said in his book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.

One of the reasons this book is so good is that Gucci Mane explains every aspect of his life in a concise and chronological order. The legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a bold rapper.

The book not only has phenomenal writing but it also discusses all of the things that Gucci Mane regrets in his life and it allows him to find closure with them through the telling of his story.

The book tells a very rarely told story in an organized and structured fashion while allowing the reader to take a journey into Gucci Mane’s thoughts and memories.

“I’m satisfied and proud of the things I did – even the bumps and the bruises that I’ve had on the way. You fall down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you keep going. And that’s what we’re doing,” he said during a “Billboard” interview in 2012.

Almost every success he made was followed by a minor setback, but Gucci Mane has and always will elevate himself with the notorious major comeback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction and the list goes on. Gucci Mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story to anyone who will listen.

“If I really want a fresh start, I have to find closure with everything in my past,” he said.