Gucci Mane is an American Hip hop rapper and songwriter. He is known for the hip-hop sub-genre, ‘Trap’, which he co-pioneered alongside fellow rappers, T.I. and Young Jeezy. You would certainly love to know more about him; from details of his earnings to that of his wife, legal issues and many more…
Gucci Mane Bio
Gucci Mane was born Radric Delantic Davis on 12th February 1980 in Bessemer, Alabama, USA. Mane comes from a military background, with his father and grandfathers, both paternal and maternal, having long service records with the army. Fathered by Ralph Everett Dudley, his surname was not supposed to be ‘Davis’ but he eventually took his mother’s (Vicky Jean Davis) last name because she was the one that signed his birth certificate. Gucci’s father was at the time running away from being arrested over allegations of selling cocaine and heroin.
Gucci’s apparently distasteful lifestyle is traceable to the kind of childhood he had. He spent his earlier growing-up-days with his paternal grandmother as his mother was away in college studying for her degree. He was enrolled at Jonesboro Elementary, Bessemer where he did his kindergarten and basic education, but later completed at Cedar Grove, East Atlanta.
Mane’s mum, Vicky already had a son, Victor Davis before meeting his dad, Ralph. The two, however, separated after Ralph had two children with another woman in Atlanta, abandoning Gucci Mane and his mother in their family home in Bessemer. Family problems soon after caused Vicky to flee Bessemer to Atlanta with her two kids, with the hope of moving in with a boyfriend there. But her hopes were dashed when the guy changed his mind at the eleventh hour, leaving them stranded. A church member welcomed them but kicked them out not long after. They roamed without a home until Mane’s father came to their rescue, fixing them up in a Knights Inn located in a crime-infested neighbourhood. Despite doing very well in academic works, Mane and his brother Victor, flowed with the trend of street life, starting to sell cannabis right from elementary school.
After elementary school, Gucci Mane proceeded to Ronald E. McNair High School where he both continued doing well academically and dealing with hard drugs. Interestingly, Mane didn’t taste cannabis, despite selling it. But he was later on lured into regular smoking with a female friend he crushed on, to the point of addiction. He eventually started arming himself with a .380 gun at age 15 after a horrible robbery attack he encountered in the neighbourhood. Despite all odds, Gucci successfully graduated from High School in 1998, with a 3.0 GPA, earning himself a HOPE scholarship to study Computer Programming at Georgia Perimeter College. However, luck was not on his side as it was in elementary and high school as Mane who rarely attends lectures, was soon caught with cocaine and expelled from the college. He was jailed for 90 days and placed on probation after release. It was after dropping out of school, that Gucci Mane who was already 21, started taking music seriously as a full-time career.
Even while doing music, Mane’s life continued to be fraught with recurring legal issues. He has faced various sorts of charges including that of murder. In 2005, he served a 6-month jail term for assault and was re-arrested in 2008 for violating his probation rules, leading to another six-month jail term. Between 2010 and 2011, Gucci was arrested thrice and jailed once for 6 months, over numerous charges ranging from traffic rules violation to assault and misconduct. The rapper has been a recklessly extravagant person who has a great love for expensive jewellery which he usually rents. In one of the instances in 2012, Mane borrowed diamonds worth $200,000 from A&A, a company that deals on diamonds, on the agreement to pay for them if he didn’t return them in 15 days. He, however, violated the agreement paying just $40,000 of the total amount after he eventually failed to return the diamonds. As a result, a lien was placed on his assets by the court after he was ordered to pay the $200,000 and about $75, 000 on legal fees and interest.
Mane’s legal woes reached its peak in 2014 when he was tried and found guilty of gun possessions and assault and sentenced to 39 months in prison. While in prison, Mane was only allowed to supervise releases and limitations were set on his travels. Although he was supposed to go free on 20th September 2018, he was released almost four months earlier on 26th May 2016.
Howbeit, one striking thing about Gucci Mane is that he is unstoppable. His music career has progressed successfully even during his jail spells. And since after the last jail term which touched his life tremendously, it has even gotten much better.
Gucci Mane Net Worth
Gucci Mane’s wealth is estimated at $500,000. Let’s take you on his journey to fame and wealth…
Mane began to write poetry while still a child and was introduced to Hip-hop at the very tender age of six when his elder and half-brother took him to a Hip-hop stars concert. He subsequently began rapping at 14 and was motivated by the glamour of rapper Big Daddy Kane to put his words into music. In 2001, he released his first amateur and dependent album, La Flare. Later in 2005, Gucci released his debut single ‘Black Tee’ which was wildly played locally, winning him a contract with Big Cat Records. This was soon followed by his debut independent studio album, Trap House which topped the Billboard Heartseekers Chart. He subsequently released Hard to Kill and Trap-A-Thon in 2006, Back to the Trap House in 2007, Trap House III in 2013, among other numerous digital albums, mixtapes, and singles.
Gucci Mane’s single ‘Freaky Girl’ in his second album, Hard to Kill was #12 on Hot Rap Tracks, #19 among the Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs and #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. He signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Records worth $20 million and so far, he has sold more than 5 million records globally. In 2010, he was ranked number 20 on Forbes’ ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ with a total annual earning of $5 million. In 2011, his EP, ‘The Return of Mr. Zone 6’ debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200. It was number 2 on the Rap Albums Chart and number 8 on the Hip-Hop/R&B Charts. In 2013, the Atlanta rapper endorsed ‘Country Time Lemonade’.
Mane continued to work while in jail. He was rumoured to have made $1.3 million during his first year in prison. Released in 2014, ‘Trap God 3’ has become his highest-charting release. On Christmas Day 2014, Gucci released ‘East Atlanta Santa’. In 2014 alone, the rapper released more than 12 projects. In 2015, he released 10 projects including ‘1017 Mafia: Incarcerated’, ‘Brick Factory 3’, ‘Views from Zone 6’, ‘Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner’, ‘Dessert’, ‘Trap House 5’ and ‘King Gucci’.
In addition to rapping, Mane is also an actor. He made his acting debut in the 2013 film ‘Spring Breakers’ which landed him a $100,000 paycheck. His October 2015 movie ‘The Spot’ was released via iTunes and other digital retailers.
Gucci owns a record label, 1017 Brick Squad Records which was initially called ‘So Icey Entertainment’. After leaving the prison in May 2016, he released his autobiography and launched a clothing line called Delantic which includes tees, hoodies, and underwear. Mane owns a $380,000 Bentley Mulsanne, a Ferrari 612 and Ferrari 458 Italia.
Gucci Mane Girlfriend / Wife
While it is apparent that Gucci Mane must have had several romantic affairs, his relationship with Keyshia Ka’oir is the only known one. Although Gucci mentioned in his autobiography that he has a 10-year-old son, he did not disclose the identity of the baby mama. Keyshia is that one and only lady that stuck to Gucci through thick and thin, especially the rigorous jail terms.
Gucci and Keyshia met in 2010 when she came to Atlanta to feature in Gucci Mane’s “911 Emergency” video. The rapper had seen her in a magazine while he was serving a six-month sentence in Fulton County prison and contacted her. According to Keisha, Gucci loved her at first sight. For her? Keyshia told Page Six she fell for Gucci after bathing him during a tour they had together that same year. Their love and relationship grew stronger, despite Mane being entangled in several legal issues as well as serving an almost three-year jail sentence. After his release in May 2016, Gucci proposed to Keyshia later in November at a basketball game between the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans. The couple subsequently married on 17th October 2017 in a lavish ceremony.
Keyshia Ka’oir used to be a video vixen. She however later shifted to beauty and wellness, founding Ka’oir Cosmetics and Ka’oir Fitness in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Keyshia is largely credited for Gucci Mane’s balanced and decent post-prison lifestyle, including eating clean and staying fit. An Instagram source had revealed that Gucci gave Keyshia $2 million before going to jail. According to the IG user, Keyshia invested the money in a couple of businesses, built their dream home and by the time Gucci was out, she has saved up to $6 million which she gave back to him. She also encouraged him to replace his gold teeth with a new set of clean white teeth, helped him maintain a healthy diet and stay off drugs and the streets. Grateful for all the gestures, patience and commitment, Mane in return, devoted himself to Keisha and her dreams. Here’s the touching thing Gucci Mane said about Keisha in his autobiography:
“I had Keyshia, my first real love. The first woman I ever wanted to bring to a red carpet and let the world know this was my lady. She held me down the whole time I was locked up and showed me what it means to have somebody you can truly count on. I wanted to be able to return the favor.”
Tattoo, Weight Loss
Gucci Mane is one of those artistes who prefer to have almost their entire body covered with tattoos. He’s really got so many of them! On his right cheek is an ice cream cone with three scoops and “brrr”. Gucci had revealed through his spokesperson that the ice cream tattoo is meant to remind his fans of his ‘ice-cool’ personality which is capable of making someone say “brrr”. Very funny. On his forehead, under each of his eyes and either side of his face are smaller ones that look like flowers. He also has the drawings of some other objects, designs, and write-ups from his neck and chest down to his legs, arms, and fists. One of them is a car drawn on his right shoulder.
Gucci Mane stepped out of the United States Penitentiary a totally different man – mind and body. His physical transformation was however, so conspicuous that fans found it very difficult to handle. Having slashed not less than 75 pounds off his body weight, Mane looked entirely different from himself to the extent that some sources like Don Beats claimed that the Trap House singer is being impersonated.
His prominent pot belly is gone and replaced with well-trimmed abs, the big cheeks, fat arms – all gone!
As mentioned earlier, Gucci Mane’s girlfriend and now wife, Keyshia, was instrumental to his weight loss journey. The resilient Jamaican lady compelled Gucci into a fixed daily routine of workouts and fitness diet throughout his over two years in jail and onward. Speaking to The New York Times in an interview, Keyshia revealed that she used to speak with Gucci up to six or seven times every day to follow up on what he was eating and doing at each point in time. And when he finally came out “super skinny”, it became even much easier for her to maintain the focus.