Gucci Mane’s second album, The State vs. Radric Davis, isn’t due in stores until December 8, but MTV News has already obtained the album cover. On the cover art, Gucci is obviously reflecting on his much-publicized legal problems, appearing in an orange prison jumpsuit while resting his head in his right hand. His right wrist is handcuffed.
Gucci recently released a single, “Spotlight,” with a co-star appearance from Usher. The song has a pure party vibe as the Gucc discusses his excursions with women.
“The spotlight ain’t nothing without you, girl,” Usher sings over Polow Da Don’s ATL-bounce beat. “And the dance floor ain’t nothing without you, girl/ You a showstopper/ Let’s get it poppin’.”
Polow said the song came about because Gucci wanted to experiment.
“He did the hard part,” Polow said. “He owns the streets right now. All I did was what was easy for me — take what he’s built and capitalize off it. We work hand-in-hand because I understand the pop side and I understand the street side and I’m from Atlanta. Usher, Gucci, Polow, it is what it is. It was a natural vibe. Me and Gucci did a bunch of records. That’s like my boy, we talk every day. So we went in and made some records. [Gucci] was like, ‘I wanna do something crazy, something the people won’t expect.’ ”
Polow said it was easy to get Usher to jump on the hook once he and Gucci laid the foundation.
“One night me and Usher were hanging out, listening to records,” Polow recalled. “Gucci did some songs with Usher for his album anyway, so Usher was going to do something for his album. He heard the record and wanted to do it. It was on some kicking it and vibing. It just happened.”