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Gucci Mane: So Icy?

September 2005

From bursting onto the scene with the single "So Icy," one which has caused controversy between himself and Young Jeezy (who also appears on the track), Gucci Mane has encountered a wealth of success. This year, however, he has faced a number of obstacles with the law.

Currently, out on bail, with murder accusations and assault charges pending, Gucci Mane is still trying to "Trap." His album "Trap House" is currently out on Big Cat Records and has independently sold in excess of 100,000 copies thus far.

MVRemix: Why the moniker Gucci Mane?

Gucci Mane: That's my father's name, that name came down from generation to generation.

MVRemix: Tell me about "Trap House"

Gucci Mane: "Trap House" man, it's the new album. It's the hottest album of the year. Hottest independent release of the year; over 100,000 units have been sold - I'm ghetto gold with it. A lot of hot features on there. I've got a lot of hot producers on there. I've got Frank Nitty, Shotty Real, Beathoven on there... I've got Young Jeezy, Lil' Scrappy, Killer Mike, Bun B and Jody Breeze on the album.

MVRemix: Can you tell me a little about song concepts on the album?

Gucci Mane: It's just real street, real gutter, real raw, real raunchy, real comical - real entertaining.

MVRemix: I heard you're working on a movie for "Trap House," can you tell me about that?

Gucci Mane: Yeah, the movie's real hot. It's based loosely on my life from growin' up in rural Alabama to moving to Atlanta. But I added a couple spots to make it hot. It's a real hot movie - we should be gettin' ready to shoot that next month.

MVRemix: How did you first get into rap?

Gucci Mane: I started out making poetry at an early age, at like eight or nine years old. I started rapping at the age of like thirteen/fourteen. I always looked up to Kool Mo Dee, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and I always looked up to the lifestyles they were living doing what they were doing.

MVRemix: Is there one album that influenced you above all others?

Gucci Mane: Probably would be N.W.A.'s "Str8 Outta Compton."

MVRemix: How do you come up with your content, what are the situations in which it occurs?

Gucci Mane: I base my music on my life, what's going on in my day to day life. Everyday what's going on.

MVRemix: What's the situation between yourself and Young Jeezy?

Gucci Mane: Really, we got into a beef about who wanted to retain the rights to my song "So Icy." He wanted to retain the rights so he could put it on his album "Lets Get It" and I didn't want him to do that. So I told him "No," and Jeezy started saying "I have the rights to it" on the radio. I came with a song against him, he came with a song against me.

MVRemix: Were you two friends beforehand?

Gucci Mane: No, we wasn't friends at all.

MVRemix: Are you able to talk about your recent court cases and your side of the events that unfolded?

Gucci Mane: [abruptly] Can't really speak on that.

MVRemix: What are your thoughts on how the U.S. Government dealt with Hurricane Katrina?

Gucci Mane: Ah man, they could've done a lot better than what they did... My heart goes out to the victims of Katrina. I'm doing whatever I can. I'm giving money out my pocket to help that.

MVRemix: A la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"

Gucci Mane: I'd like to take Young Jeezy one on one.

MVRemix: Do you reckon you'd win?

Gucci Mane: I know I'd win.

MVRemix: Aside from the album do you have any other guest appearances or compilations you've been working on?

Gucci Mane: Not like guest appearances or compilations, I haven't done a lot of those.

MVRemix: Do you have any non-musical aspirations?

Gucci Mane: Yes, I'd like to get into directing. Directing, not just directing movies but producing.

MVRemix: What does the rest of 2005 hold for Gucci Mane, what are your current plans?

Gucci Mane: I'm promoting "Trap House" the album and takin' it to all y'all cities.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Gucci Mane: I'd like to leave them with my company motto - "We will be respected."

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