Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane finally saw freedom early Wednesday morning (May 12), and walked out of the Fulton County jail to be greeted by friends, peers and a host of media cameras.
After a few embraces, including dapping fellow Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, Gucci pulled a sheet of paper from his pocket and announced that he had a prepared statement to read, and told cameras to listen.
Below is his full statement just as he walked out of jail, after serving six months of a one year jail sentence for a parole violation.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my legal council, Dwight Thomas and Michael Holmes, for the excellent representation, as well as my label Asylum and Warner Bros. Records for sticking with me through my situation and helping me through my time behind bars. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my fans for all their support while I was away. Your letters and words of encouragement helped me make it through, and all of my success wouldn’t be possible without you.
I have made some mistakes in my life and I’ve hurt a lot of people who care about me. I’ve worked very hard to get past that. Those mistakes have brought me to where I’m at today. They will not be repeated.
These past six months have been a difficult time, but fortunately, I have learned a great deal from my experiences. I was asked to do a great deal of soul searching. I’m coming out with a new attitude toward life. Unfortunately, my incarceration came at a pivotal point in my career. Just as my first major label album was dropping, I was forced to miss what should of been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I’ll make sure never happens again.
My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now stronger and a better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community. I’m looking toward the future with a new found respect and appreciation for the law, and a stronger dedication to my music and my career. With that in mind, I’ve already begun to my positive strides toward the future. I’ve launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records, in affiliation with Asylum/Warner Bros. Records, and I’m working with a new team. I’m looking forward to get back to business and start making hits.
I’m extremely excited about my new album, The Appeal, which will be dropping at the end of the summer. Over the course of 2010, 1017 Brick Squad Records will be releasing albums from my artists: Waka Flocka Flame, as well as my group Brick Squad featuring Waka, OJ Da Juiceman and myself. In July, we will be heading out on a nationwide tour across the country and continue the movement.
Finally, a lot of things happened while I was away. I’m back to address these things. The rap game is in need of substance right now. I’m here right on time. I can’t wait to show the world that now that I’m free, ironically, I’m the most wanted man in Georgia. I’m hungry for success and ready to compete, so may the competition begin. I set out five years ago to be the #1 rapper in hip-hop and today, that journey continues with an even sharper focus. I challenge all artists to put out the best music they ever made. I won’t accept nothing less but victory, and I still want worthy opponents.
To everyone that was there for me, thanks for your support.
To keep up with everything Gucci Mane, visit his official website at GucciManeOnline.com.