Gucci Mane is gearing up for the release of his first major label album, The State Vs. Radric Davis, due in stores in December.
The album follows a slew of independent releases, mixtapes and features over the past few years, which has upped his stock and landed him at #6 on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list this year.
MTV said of Gucci: “No artist this year has more effectively merged the underground with the mainstream. He’s broken through in ’09 and shined through the clouds of controversy that have continued to dampen his career.”
2009 has been a very busy year for the Atlanta native. His popularity has landed his on four Top 20 singles this summer including Mario’s “Break Up,” Trey Songz’ “LOL” featuring Soulja Boy, and landing the feature on Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” remix, as well as his first single “Wasted.”
He also boasts more than 150 songs on over 40 different mixtapes and albums.
Despite his success, Gucci Mane remains true to his underground cult following, who continue to demonstrate their devotion to the battle-tested hero. His set-up single, “Wasted” featuring Plies (with OJ Da Juiceman on the remix), is the rapper’s most successful single to date. It has earned over 15 million plays on MySpace, and is currently the #5 most streamed song on all of MySpace.
Gucci’s next single from the new album is “Spotlight,” featuring Usher.
While Gucci continues to release mixtapes, including his latest The Cold War series (available over at MixtapePass.com), the new album will contain ALL new, never-before-heard music, both mainstream and for the street, he promises.
Gucci Mane first shot ontoo the scene in 2005 with his smash single, “So Icey” featuring Young Jeezy, off his debut album, Trap House. Disputes over the song’s rights resulted in a well-publicized and deadly beef between the two artists and would be the source of legal headaches for years to come. His follow-up album, Back to the Trap House, spawned the hit “Freaky Gurl,” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks.
Now, we have The State Vs. Radric Davis, due in stores December 8th.