Hailing from Atlanta, rapper extraordinaire Gucci Mane is back with his new, long-awaited album, “Everybody Looking”.
Gucci Mane is already known as a very influential rap artist, with a prolific line of mixtapes and albums to his name and a host of prominent career highlights, including collaborations with the likes of Waka Flocka and Nicki Minaj, among others.
However, it hasn’t been as easy ride. Gucci was recently released from a three-year stint in prison for a string of alleged assaults and weapon possession. After serving his time, Gucci Mane has cleaned up his act, sobered up and rehabilitated. He is back to creating meaningful and compelling music.
The time spent in prison may have been the push that has prompted Gucci Mane’s most mature and complex work to date. Everybody Looking was partially written whilst behind bars and recorded shortly after being released. There are some powerful guest stars on the album, including major rappers such as Kanye West and Drake. Gucci Mane’s victorious return to the music industry has been remarkable. The album was reportedly recorded in under a week, whilst the artist was under house arrest. With his newfound focus, Gucci Mane seems now unstoppable.
In Everybody Looking Gucci strikes with raw and more stripped-down vocals, recalling his earlier mixtapes in style and sound. Back on the road is the third track, where he teams up with Drake to collaborate on a passionate and vibrant song that is instantly likeable and catchy.Pussy Print featuring Kanye West is the fifth track of the album, and it is a dark and unflinching song that showcases Gucci’s trademark wit and tongue in cheek intricate lyrics. Richest Nigga In The Room is the tenth track on the album, and the heavily trap influenced beat is moody and high powered.
Boasting influences as diverse as trap and west coast rap, Everybody Looking is a musical testament to the artist’s hard journey, gritty storytelling and upfront lyrics laced with honesty and witty sharpness. To top it off, the masterful Atlanta producers Zaytoven and Mike Will created a lush and thick soundscape to encapsulate the emotionally charged nature of Gucci Mane’s new work.