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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,459 ratings  ·  655 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“As wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. ” —Complex
“A cautionary tale that ends in triumph.” —GQ
“A revelation and a welcome addition to hip-hop’s literary legacy.” —All Hip Hop

The highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane, “one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists” (The New York Times).

For the first time Gucci Mane
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Simon Schuster
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Roxane
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m old so I knew nothing about Gucci Mane but this book was great. A fascinating look into the man’s life and how his career evolved. So many funny asides. So much realness. I kept thinking LEGEND! Just so fucking great.
Brandice
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve always been indifferent but leaning positive toward Gucci Mane - I like a fair share of his music and think he seems like a cool person, but I wouldn’t rank him among my favorite rappers.

Reading his book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, was nice to get a first hand account of his experience coming up as a rapper in Atlanta. I’m familiar with many of the places and landmarks he referenced throughout the book. Gucci has had more than his fair share of trouble - with drugs, cough syrup, the
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Erin
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Gucci Mane aka Guwop. I love ratchet rap music. The more hood, the better.

Gucci Mane has the talent to be as big as Future or Migos but he just can't seem to stay out of jail. Gucci has had a very interesting life. Poverty, abandonment by his father, multiple stints in jail, one very infamous stint in a mental hospital and of course the tattoo of an ice cream cone on his face. Through it all he hasn't lost his sense of humor or his zest for life.

Recommended for hip hop heads
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Beth
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I wasn't expecting much. I find his story fascinating, but I've never been a fan of his music. I like rap in general, but his sound just isn't my thing and I find him repetitive. That said, this was well written, reflective, and generally an easy read. The tone was direct. He never made excuses for bad behavior and didn't try to justify poor decisions. He told the tale in a matter-of-fact way that didn't feel like bragging or exaggeration.
India Brown
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's my full review: https://youtu.be/LIra_LjE_d8 but in short, I loved it because it was gritty, raw, unapologetic and redemptive. It spoke of mental illness, and how he struggles with Bipolar disorder/symptoms of PTSD. As a fan of his music, it was nostalgic for me to see the lyrics and where the song came from.
If you're a rap/hip-hop/Gucci Mane fan, or even a little curious about the book, I highly recommend!
Bobbieshiann
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, memoirs
initially, i was not going to give a review but a lot of things took place in this book that really stuck with me. there is a lot that can happen in a man's life and although shit can seem so lavish, that is not always the case. when i look back on this book i understand Radric (Gucci Mane) so much better, but it was more to it. i think of how the world has constantly failed our black men and how we look for ways to survive and for family in so many different places. we feed of the next person's ...more
J Beckett
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Confession first:

Before reading this book, I had only listened to three or four Gucci Mane songs... maybe.

I am a child of the seventies and eighties, a New Yorker, jazz head, bibliophile, art-nerd, musician, whose taste in Rap is more "puritanical" than what began to emerge from the genre in the mid-nineties and the new millennium. The repetitive bass line, synthetic-hypnotic rhythm, and heavily slang-filled accented lyrics kind of lost me, but that is not to say that I was not open to rappers
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Tara Scott
Sep 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't think I had any expectations for this book going in, but apparently I did expect that it would at least be tolerable. Well, I was let down. This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. It wasn't poorly ghost written, it was just a weak ass story. I'm not sure why I even read it because I hate his music, so that should have been red flag one. Anyway, I stupidly bought it and regretted it from about page 30 on. The story went something like this: I sold drugs, I did a bunch of ...more
Britt
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a decent ass book. I don't know what else to say. It wasn't even that my expectations were low this book was good enough to thoroughly enjoy.
Harry Costea
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***This book is called the Auto Biography Of Gucci Mane and the author is himself written from his point of views. The genre is auto biography. The theme of the book is the struggle that he grew up being in and how hes showing people what he did to make it out and be a star. Gucci grew up in a small town of Alabama with just his grandma because his parents couldnt take care of him. Gucci had no support system which made him start selling drugs in the 7th grade. He started off with just selling ...more
Esther Espeland
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Idk I wish I liked this more than I did! I enjoyed it but I didn’t feel like ~shook~ like I should have been?! Gucci is smart and interesting to follow along, but he reeeeaally breezes over the part where he pushed a girl out of his car after she didn’t want to have sex with him like . I still enjoyed this though and overall the level of humility was just what you want for a memoir ...more
Cam
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m teetering between a 2& 3 stars on this one. This is his life story so I have a hard time judging it. He tells of his life growing up in Alabama without much of a father figure. Turning to selling drugs and later becoming a addict. In between all of that he turns to music as his outlet and in between getting caught up with the drugs and violence gets sent to prison. This book is kind of a rinse and repeat throughout the whole book with the drugs, violence, and law. There was nothing in ...more
Danny Schiff
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Make no mistake. Gucci Mane is a gang banger, as he explains in his memoir. You name it, he's been through it. In and out of jail and rehab? Yep. Cough syrup addiction? Yup. Fights with Waka Flocka and Young Jeezey? Yep. Gucci's memoir reads like you might expect from the Scarface of the rap game, complete with all of the guns, drugs, hood rats, recording studios, and beef with other rappers, one might expect from one of the ATL's hardest rappers.
Ashley
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 04-star, library
I didn't know much about Gucci Mane or listen to too much of his music but I really enjoyed this book. His mom moved the family to Atlanta from Alabama to make a better life but living in rough neighborhoods at such a young age he got caught up in the streets. Reading Gucci's journey from then until now was fascinating. He has really transformed himself and seems to be committed to a more healthy and stable lifestyle. It's Gucci!
Erica Alyson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Gucci Mane before but I love him even more now. I read this is one sitting!
Erik Nygren
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a music fan I’ve always been an admirer of Gucci Mane’s work ethic, the sheer amount of releases he’s had throughout his career speak for themselves. However, also reading all the non-music related news about him throughout the years, it’s been apparent that he’s always had a lot of demons counteracting this strength.

In his autobiography, Gucci Mane is honest, unapologetic and reflective while describing both the good and the poor decisions that’s taken him to where he is now. The books give
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Constance
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew literally nothing about Gucci Mane before reading this book! I just went online and googled all his videos like an old person.

This book was pretty interesting. More importantly, Gucci is very straightforward in it, which is really impressive and makes it okay that he leaves a lot out. I'm really glad he wrote this book!
Janine
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun book to cleanse the palate between heavier reads. You don't really need to be a Gucci fan to get into his autobiography. Neil Martinez-Belkin does a great job of capturing Gucci's voice and keeps the narrative cohesive. Gucci comes across as warm, funny and endearing.
YupIReadIt
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 it was interesting hearing about the different artists he’s been connected to at different points in their careers but the only reason I finished it was because I LOVED Guy Lockard’s voice! ...more
TJ Frostt
“If you keep looking back, you’re gonna trip going forward.” Gucci Mane

This autobiography started off a bit too slow for me, I almost DNF’d it. However, I pushed through it and glad that I did. Gucci Mane literally put Trap Music on the map, so his story needed to be told. His autobiography covers everything you could think of, childhood woes, addiction, prison, violence, and fame. I appreciated the stories of him growing up and moving from Alabama to Atlanta as a child; he even touches on the
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Donna
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library

"If you keep looking back you're going to trip going forward. In life, sometimes you reach a folk in the road and you have to make a decision. Which direction will it be? Left or right? To be firm in the decision you can't keep looking back. You have to make peace with the past. It doesn't happen overnight. It takes time for wounds to heal....To start a new chapter you've got to turn the page on the last one." ~ Radric Davis, The Autobiography of GUCCI MANE.
Derek Banuelos
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
the book was very interesting and informative, wether or not you like gucci mane as an artist or person, you learn a lot of life lessons and techniques to make it out of a low income community.
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4.75 stars. I don't usually do half stars but this was so, so very close to being a full 5 star but I took off that last .25 because I had just a few minor issues with it.

Listen, I have such a soft spot for Gucci Mane and I don't give a damn who knows. He just has this 'it is what it is' type of attitude and I can respect that. No regrets. He put Trap Music on the map as a genre which is no small feat because it's huge even now. His story and the way he has changed so much since being released
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Gabrielle
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book made me feel old - and inspired. Disclamer: I did not pick this book up because of my love (or knowledge) of Gucci Mane or his music, but because I was curious about how the blurb described my hometown. I adored his reminiscences of Bessemer and embraced our mutual love for the place that reared us. But my did the book get wild when it moved to Atlanta! I was surprised how so much of the music of Atlanta was the soundtrack of my college years, but I really did not know him. ...more
Lois
Wow! This book is an experience!
I was not sure even what Gucci Mane looked like when I started reading this. Still not going to be a fan of his music but great book.
Charisse
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I devoured this book. Such an easy read.

Before reading I admittedly didn't know too much about Gucci Mane, outside of his music. But now I'm a fan.

This book made one of rap's biggest legends seem human and relatable. Gucci allowed himself to be vulnerable for this autobiography and his growth over the years is evident.
Madison
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An integral piece of rap history
Clare
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a banger. most beautiful cover.
Tamara
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found Gucci Mane's autobiography completely captivating. I learned a lot about him as a person, the behind the scenes of hip hop, and the criminal justice system. I also really enjoyed reading about Gucci's Atlanta, a city I love so much.

First, Gucci the man. What a complex guy. I really enjoyed the brief chapters about his background and upbringing, first in Alabama and later in ATL. He drops little nuggets of his backstory throughout the book. He mentions a medical diagnosis of bipolar only
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Lou
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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