The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane, Neil Martinez-Belkin

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane, Neil Martinez-Belkin


“A thorough look into the experiences that molded one of rap’s most polarizing figures in recent memory.” (Noisey)

“A story of black manhood in the American South as never described before. . . . an eye-opening look into the life of the Trap God and the sound he influenced. . . . a revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.” (AllHipHop)

“A necessary reintroduction to the Atlanta trap god . . . His innumerable false starts are articulated with a stark honesty rare in most autobiographies.” (Arts ATL)


His roots and birthplace where in Bessemer Alabama, his mother wanted a better life and so they moved from Alabama to Ellenwood Georgia Eastside Atlanta in August 1989. His place of abode in east Atlanta was found to be strife with drugs and criminality, through the ruff and tough he tells uncut his struggles, of being young from the country thrown into the hustle bustle suburb of east Atlanta and the shock of it all.
Through his tumbles and mistakes we have a tale of truth, one of a heart at conflict with itself, in all the chaos trying define some order as an artist and finding various ways out of poverty.
He reveals his firearms charges, violent situations and altercations, and his hustling, drug dealings and drug takings and his life in and out of incarceration.
With all this darkness he unravels and reinventing himself for a better man, creating music, a new trend, an alternative fan base, 80lbs lighter comes to fruition and his pursuit to another level taking his originality, his style and entrepreneurship at top of his game now with many followers, you hope some peace and balance in store maybe some more writings in the future he has plenty of material to write about.
He mentions from his father some words of inspiration towards his falls, ‘If you keep looking back you gon’ trip going forward.”
He tells of his family history and the origin of Gucci Mane.
Captivating reading, layered out in easy read style with no drop in interest he will have you hooked and maybe wanting more, wether you love or hate him, he has a tale to tell, a turbulent life with some great achievements.

“When I think about trap I think about something raw. Something that hasn’t been diluted. Something with no polish on it. Music that sounds as grimy as the world that it came out of.”

“I was rapping for the young boys on the corner with dirty T-shirts on. The ones cooking up in the kitchen. The car thieves. The shooters. The niggas breaking into houses. I was rapping my reality.”

“If you keep looking back you gon’ trip going forward.”


Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 19 September 2017