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The Gucci Mane we see and hear today isn’t a clone, but he’s certainly a sober, cleaned-up and more focused version of his former self. Speaking exclusively to the New York Times in anticipation of his forthcoming studio album Everybody Looking, Wizop admits to journalist Jon Caramanica that he was addicted to drugs, “numb,” and unhappy for the past several years of his career. “I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober. Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt like sex wouldn’t be good sober. I associated everything with being high. In hindsight I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict,” he said. “I was naïve to the fact that I was numb,” he reveals. Elaborating, Guwop explains, “I can’t say I felt happy my last six, seven years in the music business. I was just numb. You told me that I was doing good or told me I was doing bad, you hated me or loved me, either which way I greeted with nonchalance. It was sincere nonchalance — like, I really didn’t care.” Besides these revelations, the revered Atlanta rapper also talks to Jon Caramanica about opiate withdrawal behind bars, getting healthy and more. You can run through the entire NYT feature on Gucci Mane here.