On December 3, 2013, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane was charged in federal court with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon.
If you don’t know his music, you probably know him as the guy who, when asked if he was guilty of possession, responded “bitch I might be,” on May 13 of the following year.
In May of 2016, Gucci was released. But something is… off.
Pre-prison GuWop was known for quite a few things—his tributes to Atlanta, his simplistic trap style, and the f*cking ice-cream cone tattoo on his face (and the giant ice-cream necklace to complement).
Gucci Mane hasn’t been the same since he was released back into the rap game. He is 50 pounds thinner, his hair and beard are grown out, many of his tattoos have been mysteriously removed (yes, including the ice-cream), and his teeth are now pearly white. His fashion, mannerisms, and colloquialisms are totally shifted as well.
(for post-prison click the video below)
Thus, the hip-hop community imploded. The most popular theory of explanation:
Gucci was replaced by a clone created by the CIA to cleanup and whitewash hip-hop.
While this seems ridiculous, twitter has been running with it since May.
Many celebrities have chimed in on the matter. Here is was radio-host Charlemagne tha God has to say:
“To all the Gucci-clone truthers, why can’t you believe that Guwop made a commitment to his health and improved his life?”
I agree with this. It is a must simpler explanation that he lost weight, purchased fake teeth, removed some tattoos, changed his style, and made a conscious decision to alter the way he speaks and acts. A little hard to take in, but absolutely possible.
The biggest point of contention for me, then, is that if this were the case, he would have a thousand statements about it. He’d be the poster boy for positive transformation.
Instead, any form of acknowledgement of the matter has been in the form of this:
Funny, yes. But why deny the changes?
Here’s another theory: Gucci was stabbed in prison. An undisclosed family member (brother, cousin, young uncle) interpreted the tragedy as a capital opportunity. The family member was an upcoming rapper and though CLEARLY DIFFERENT from Gucci, looks and sounds like him enough to play the part. The studio agreed with the intent that they would make more money from a cover-up and even more money if the conspiracy broke out to the public.
Regardless of your opinion, Gucci is up to something. Let’s keep the fire torched.