Gucci Mane emerged from an Indiana federal penitentiary a slimmer, sober, reformed version of his old self. Though still confinedto house arrest, the Atlanta rapper quickly began picking up the pieces of a career left in limbo when he received a 39-monthsentence on gun and drug charges in 2014.The trap god’s legend continued to mushroom during his time away. Meanwhile, the scrappy wave of local rappers and producers he’d ushered into the game, from Future and Young Thug to Mike WiLL Made-It and Metro Boomin, saw their stock rise to the point of eclipsing their mentor’s pop resonance.
anniversary of his new beginning, the release of new album Droptopwop feels like the climax to the biggest year in Gucci’s career. Produced by Metro Boomin, the album is his best post-prison release yet. It’s concise, tightly trimmed to 10 tracks, and it soundsless rushed than his typical releases. After spending years hounded by the law and his own demons, the Mane could finally be learning to take his time, refine his flow and deliver on the early promise fans feared he’d squandered for good.