The Rundown with Aryez
Gucci Mane The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted
Radric Davis, or better known to the world as Gucci Mane is back with his latest accord “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted” for his underground cult followers and his growing mainstream audience alike as he attempts to prove his case in the rap game that he can be more than just a “trap rapper”. Can this project be the evidence he needs to win?
Now of course, no Gucci Mane album or mixtape could ever be complete without at least one track from long-time producer and personal friend Zaytoven (Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy), which he lends his hand on the track “Missing” and “Brand New”. If you were a fan of the 2008 club classic “Bricks”, you will especially appreciate “Missing” as he boasts about living his “playerlistic” lifestyle while stealing the next man’s woman. Beatmaker Drumma Boy (Gorilla Zoe, Plies) as well adds his midas touch with “What It’s Gonna Be” and “Weirdo”.
While the lyrical content itself can become tiring after the first few songs, something that is becoming more and more apparent is that Gucci’s delivery and flow is becoming stronger. He knows vocally how to sound in order to set the tone of the song and make his presence stand out just as much as the beat. “Trap Talk” is a perfect example of this as he delivers a quiet, conversational flow to the listener. The track draws you in to the allure of the gritty dark drug game while hustling to make his rap career flourish over a heavy kick and low-octave trumpet chorded production. Another credit that must be given is the unorthodox collaborations throughout the album that actually mesh together well enough to give both his loyal followers and the mainstream a nod of approval. If there are artists that know they need to connect or reestablish their music in the streets, Gucci Mane is the one holding the “hood passes” in his True Religion jean pockets-deciding whether or not they are fit to be introduced to his audience.
Case and point, the beginning track “Little Friend” featuring southern rap legend Bun B is their ode to the Tony Montana and the Scarface mantra that many gangster rap artists take on within their musical identities. Though this topical matter may be redundant, the production given by R&B hit-maker Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins (Brandy, Destiny’s Child) surprises you as he offers a trunk-thumper that listeners can respect coming from an R&B producer. Other collabs that work well in Gucci’s defense are Swizz Beats, with the lead single “Gucci Time”, Ray J, Wyclef, Estelle, Pharrell and Nicki Minaj.
Although in this trial he doesn’t depend on his 1017 Brick Squad confidants Waka Flaka Flame or OJ Da Juiceman to stem any additional charges from club or street bangers, “The Appeal…” is a solid project worth checking out and it will clear him of not “selling out” to those in the trap house, while slowly building a broader following.
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