Gucci Mane (birth name – Radric Delantic Davis) is an American rapper and actor, who had a role in the 2013 Harmony Korine film – ”Spring Breakers.” Mane is best known for his singles “Wasted” and “Gucci Time.”
The rapper has been called “the most influential underground rapper of the past decade” as well as an “avatar of East Atlanta.”
He was born on February 12, 1980, in Bessemer, Alabama, USA.
During the 4th grade, Davis moved to Atlanta with his single mother.
Mane began rapping when he was 14 years old.
In 2001, at age 22, he released an album, titled – ”La Flare” under the record label Str8 Drop Records.
In 2005, Gucci released his independent debut album – ”Trap House.”
In the follow-up year, he released another album, titled – ”Hard to Kill.” The album included the hit single “Freaky Gurl”, that reached number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 19 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 12 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
In 2007, Mane released the album, – ”Back to the Trap House.”
On March 18, 2011, he released his 10th EP, named – ”The Return of Mr. Zone 6.”
On May 25, 2012, he released a mixtape, called – ”I’m Up.”
Later that year, he made his acting debut in the film – ”Birds of a Feather.”
On March 15, 2013, he announced that Waka Flocka Flame (a close friend and a frequent collaborator) was “dropped” from 1017 Brick Squad Records.
On July 4, 2014, Davis released his 8th digital album, titled – ”Trap House 4.” It features guest appearances from Fredo Santana, K Camp, Young Scooter, and Chief Keef.
On June 17, 2016, he made his first performance since being released from prison at an Atlanta club – ”Elan Mansion.”
In the same year, Mane released his 10th studio album, entitled – “The Return of East Atlanta Santa.”
In 2017, Gucci collaborated with Jake Paul on the song “Why Me.”
On December 7, 2018, Davis announced his 13th album, called – ”Evil Genius.”
Prison & Legal Problems
In April 2001, he was arrested on cocaine charges. Mane was sentenced to 30 days in county jail.
On September 30, 2013, it was revealed that the American rapper would serve 183 days in jail on charges of:
- marijuana possession;
- carrying a concealed weapon;
- disorderly conduct;
- firearm possession by a convicted felon.
On May 13, 2014, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Davis agreed to a plea deal which would result in him being in prison until late 2016.
After the sentence was given, the district court judge Steve Jones said:
“According to young people – my nieces and nephews – you are quite cool.”
District court judge Steve Jones continued:
“You’re still a young man, and you can still do a lot if you follow and abide by the law.”
Since he was not initially being credited for the time he served while waiting for his court date, Davis was released from prison on March 26, 2016, ahead of his scheduled September date.
The rapper served his sentence in the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
After he was released from prison, Davis was put on house arrest and confined to his Atlanta mansion.
During an interview, Mane said that going to jail ‘100 percent’ saved his life. He also said:
“I was outta control. I wouldn’t want to do it over, but in hindsight, it helped me.”
Davis started his YouTube channel on October 9, 2009. In the present day, the channel has more than 1.7 billion views and over 3.4 million subscribers.
On October 17, 2017, Gucci married Keyshia Ka’oir, a Jamaican model, businesswoman, and the founder of Ka’oir Fitness and Ka’oir Cosmetics.
Keyshia first caught Davis’ eye in 2010, when the model posed for XXL magazine’s “Eye Candy of the Year.”
They actually first met while filming on one of Mane’s videos. She said:
“I think it was love at first sight. He was nothing like I expected him to be.”
Keyshia Ka’oir continued:
”I was charmed and confused at the same time. I was expecting that straight gangsta hood s–t, and it was none of that.”
In 2019, Davis wrote on his Instagram account:
“I got out the feds 3 years ago today. My wife was just a huge inspiration…Thank You.”
According to reports, Mane spent around $1 million on his wedding to Ka’Oir.
He has a son, named – Keitheon Davis with his ex-girlfriend Sheena Evans.
His wife, Keyshia Ka’oir, is the mother of 3 children – one son and two daughters, that she had before her marriage to Davis.
In August 2018, Keitheon Evans requested Gucci to pay $20,000 every month in child support instead of the $2,026.49 a month that he currently pays.
Keitheon’s attorney said during a court:
“Here we have a minor child whose father is a multi-millionaire—mom lives in Section 8 housing.”
The attorney later added:
“Mom is on government assistance. There is food stamps that have to be utilized. The child is on Medicaid.”
Mane responded that there is no significant change in his finances since their initial 2011 agreement. He also demanded the court to shut down her request.
On September 19, 2017, Davis published a book, titled – ”The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.”
Mane started to write on his book while he was incarcerated in a maximum-security prison.
In his autobiography, Mane details about his amazing career as well as his dark past – drug addiction, the murder charge, and years behind bars. He also writes about the streets of East Atlanta and his roots in Alabama.
During an interview, he was asked about the reason he started to write a book about his life. He responded:
”I just had time to sit down and reflect. And I was reading books.”
Davis went on to say:
”I had read Johnny Cash’s biography, I read Mike Tyson’s biography, I read two biographies on Jimi Hendrix.”
”And then when I read the two biographies on Jimi Hendrix I was like: Let me tell my story myself. And that just came up with the idea, and I just started writing.”
Gucci is 6′ 2″ (1.88 m) tall.
”I kind of made a conscious decision like, I’m going to be a rapper. And I’m going to be serious about it. No matter what happens, I’m going to make it happen.”
”I was in jail, I got out, I’m a comeback story. I’m so glad that everybody, like, celebrated me, you know welcomed me home.”
“When I do put my songs out, I gotta put out a serious project that everybody gonna like.”
”I have seen so many people staying in shotgun houses, or not really having good shoes on their feet.”
Davis was established as a major influence on other Atlanta artists like:
- Lil Yachty;
- 21 Savage;
- Young Thug;
- Rich Homie Quan;
Mane has worked with artists such as:
- Marilyn Manson;
- Mariah Carey;
- The Black Eyed Peas;
- Selena Gomez;
- Chris Brown;
- Lil Wayne.
Gucci Mane – Net Worth
Mane earned most of his wealth from composing and releasing his studio albums and singles. Some of his best hits are – Black Beatles, Ferrari Boyz, Murder was the Case, Trap-A-Thon, Hard to Kill, and Trap House.
He also sells t-shirts, hoods, hats, and socks on his website – store.warnermusic.com/atlantic-records/artists/gucci-mane.html.
Moreover, Mane received $1 million from appearing in his own reality TV show with his wife. Additionally, he has a book published and has a YouTube channel with over 1.7 billion views (about $3.4 million in revenue). Therefore, Gucci Mane has an estimated net worth of $13.1 million.
References https://www.npr.org/2017/09/19/551787647/the-autobiography-of-gucci-mane-a-story-of-rap https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6221987/gucci-mane-prison https://www.complex.com/music/2019/05/gucci-mane-celebrates-being-out-of-prison-3 https://www.newsweek.com/gucci-mane-album-release-date-652194 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/21/gucci-mane-sentenced-on-federal