There are scenes from Gucci Mane’s new autobiography that seem better fit for a gripping Oscar drama than for the story of a guy who recently won his first MTV Video Music Award for a guest spot on a Fifth Harmony song. Stories about hustling drug dealers, hiding from would-be assailants, and spending thousands of dollars on lean (purple drank) make up just as much of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane as his rise through the rap charts as the O.G. of trap music.



Gucci’s book follows him from his childhood in Alabama through his most recent prison stint in 2016, and if there’s a unifying theme to Gucci’s story, it’s that whenever his life seemed to be going great, a precipitous fall was around the corner. Whenever his music career seemed ready to explode into true mainstream success, Gucci would almost always soon find himself behind bars, on charges ranging from assault to firearm possession. Guwop’s memoirs of his crippling addiction, what it was like to be accused of murder, and his various beefs don’t exactly portray him as a saint, but it does make his transformation into one of rap’s cuddlier faces all the more shocking. “The biggest thing is that it's all 100% true,” Gucci told GQ earlier this month.


Today, Gucci acknowledges that it was more than just being in the wrong place at the wrong time; you could say the takeaway from The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is that you really, really don’t know how bad things almost got for Gucci Mane. He actively made harmful decisions, whether it was continuing to sell drugs when his music career was taking off or refusing to seek help for his dependency on lean when those around him begged him to do so. In fact, Gucci’s biggest regret isn’t necessarily the decisions he made, but how he treated those who tried to help him.