Since re-emerging into pop culture after his release from prison, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis has proven his work ethic yet again by releasing four albums across the past two years. Even though 2017 saw more features than projects from Gucci, that didn’t stop him from entertaining his fans.
Four days before his $1.7 million wedding to Keyshia Ka’oir, Gucci Mane released his sole project for 2017, “Mr. Davis.”
“Mr. Davis” has a more serious approach to Gucci’s past work, who is known for often putting together numerous projects in a short period of time. “Mr. Davis” serves as Gucci’s official re-entrance to the industry standard of albums. With 11 out of 17 songs having a feature attached, it’s obvious Gucci planned an album that has a diverse tracklist.
On the album’s intro, Gucci admits that he’s made his mistakes and has had his share of differences with friends and with his now- wife, Ka’oir. It’s clear Gucci has matured beyond his old days of selling and taking drugs.
As the tracklist goes on, Gucci reinstates his prancing vocals and makes you remember who was the originator of the “trap music” genre. If you are interested in Migos or any new- school “trap” rappers, then this project is for you. This is old-school “trap” at its best but with a new-school twist in the features and production list. Atlantic Records had to have some type of interference in the production, since the album itself was pushed back twice.
Gucci Mane also has a strong ability to pick instrumentals that bounce along with his illustrious flow. The album’s instrumentals are the same as any other Gucci Mane project, as he enlists producers like TM88, Zaytoven, Murda Beatz, Southside and Metro Boomin’. Other producers to note are the up-and-coming XO producer/singer NAV, Atlanta legend Mike Will Made-It and Key Wane, a producer who never disappoints to set a dark, mid-tempo mood.
Tracks worth noting on “Mr. Davis” are “Work in Progress,” “I Get the Bag,” “Stunting Ain’t Nuthin’,” “Curve,” “Members Only” and “Lil Story.” All of these tracks have one thing in common – Gucci shows that he has not changed, street-wise. He still talks about women and drugs, he just does it in a newer, wiser way. On “Members Only,” he talks about these same subjects, but on the hook dismisses himself and gives a shout-out to his homies back in Atlanta.
“Mr. Davis” is a revelation towards how music has changed over the course of the last couple of years. “Mr. Davis” is the South’s 4:44, but only through the way Gucci’s impact can shake up the industry. In the end, Gucci Mane has enabled himself to release music whenever he wants and still have an impact.
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