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With Gucci Mane finally (and, surprisingly) home and no longer behind bars, it’s time to celebrate like it’s 10/17 all over again. As we await a brand new full-length project from Gucci Mane, it couldn’t be a better time to revisit Gucci Mane’s legendary, monstrous discography. From mixtapes to collaborative efforts to albums, Gucci Mane has done it all and done it multiple times. In the process, he’s even discovered some of the game’s biggest stars and helped reinvent the way rappers release music. In that massive maze of records, it’s easy to lose track and skip out on more than a few songs, so we’ve decided to dig deep and put the spotlight on some of Gucci Mane’s deep cuts. They might not exactly be radio singles, but they’re instant street classics. With Gucci Mane’s intimidatingly-vast back-catalog, there’s certainly many tracks we were bound to miss, but this lean grouping should provide for a good riding session.
Album: World War 3: Lean
The hard-hitting introductory record in support of one-third of Gucci Mane’s expansive and ambitious World War project series, this “Intro” allowed for Gucci Mane, Peewee Longway and Young Thug to snap back-to-back.
2. “Chicken Talk”
Album: Chicken Talk
The first song off Gucci Mane and DJ Burn One’s legendary project — and Gucci Mane’s first proper full-length –, “Chicken Talk” has the type of bounce and trademark Gucci Mane charisma and bars that make it feel like an instant classic from the first listen.
3. “Dope Boys”
Album: The BurrPrint (The Movie 3D)
As the first record you hear on one of Gucci Mane’s most hyped mixtapes for DJ Drama, this one had to sound like a rap storm running through speakers. Everything DJ Drama and Gucci Mane have worked together on has stood out as some of Gucci’s best work, and this song definitely helped cement that.
Album: The BurrPrint (The Movie 3D)
An anthem for Gucci Mane’s 2000′s Brick Squad crew and movement, “Flexin” featured the perfect blend of verses from Gucci Mane and his Brick Squad cohorts. If everyone from Brick Squad had this sort of chemistry for an entire project, they could have had something stronger than Cruel Summer.
Album: Young Thugga Mane La Flare
When it came to rising future stars like Young Thug, Gucci Mane had better foresight than most record label executives. Having linked up with Thugger for a couple albums’ worth of material, Gucci Mane cooked up one of hardest Young Thug tracks of 2014 in the form of “Bricks.”
6. “Gangsta Movie”
Album: The Movie (Gangsta Grillz)
7. “Haunted House”
Long before it became commonplace to rap over “weirder” trap and street rap beats, Gucci Mane rapped about turning an enemy’s spot into a “haunted house” over production that had enough bounce to ride to and enough strange sounds, samples and melodies to make you do a double take.
8. “I’m The Shit”
Gucci Mane is, well, “the sh*t,” and he has no problem admitting it in any song he could. On this occasion, he stretched out his confidence into an entire song.
9. “Texas Margarita”
Album: Brick Factory Vol. 1
Once again, Gucci Mane cooked up heat with some future lords of the game. Linking up with Young Dolph, London on da Track and Dr. Phil, Gucci Mane served up one of the best anthems for the substance that has remained his drug/drink of choice for much of his career, codeine and promethazine syrup.
10. Untitled Freestyle
While not a “proper” Gucci Mane record, this nearly-ten-minute freestyle session is essential. While this video definitely isn’t a showcase of Gucci Mane’s “prowess” as an on-the-spot lyrical beast or on the level of a championship freestyle battle, this clip — featuring production by before-the-fame Mike WiLL — captures a moment in time that would go on to impact rap and modern music to this day. Like they say in the clip, “everyone wanna join the gang.” Plus, you just can’t deny this sort of energy.