New York, NY – Prescription drug abuse is persistently glorified in music. What appears comparatively innocent turns into a harsh get up name when rappers like Lil Peep and Mac Miller begin dropping their lives to habit. Gucci Mane understands this all too nicely.
During a latest interview with Beats 1 Radio, the East Atlanta Santa opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and divulges he would’ve died had he not sobered up.
“It’s [drug use] by no means gonna go nowhere,” he advised Zane Lowe. “It’s going to at all times be like that. Drugs gonna at all times be part of society. It’s going at all times be individuals combating. It’s going to at all times be demise. It’s simply, you understand, simply what it’s. It’s at all times going to be part of music. Think about all these rock ‘n’ roll stars earlier than these Hip Hop stars.”
Gucci, who had been utilizing alcohol, weed, ecstasy, prescription drugs and lean for years, believes that way of life would’ve ended him.
“I feel I might have been lifeless, in all probability,” he stated.
In 2013, Gucci started serving a three-year jail sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was lastly capable of kick the medicine contained in the jail partitions.
“I wouldn’t need to do it like that once more, however you understand… I don’t know,” he stated. “Drugs may’ve killed me, so that you don’t know the longer term, however on the identical time, jail was so exhausting, so I don’t know. That’s attention-grabbing.”
Since his May 2016 launch from jail, the 1017 boss has turn into enthusiastic about jail reform and needs to get entangled by some means.
“[I want] to attempt to get all these individuals out of jail which are simply locked up,” he stated. “I used to be simply locked up so many individuals that don’t should be there, but it surely’s like, what do you do? The most I do is attempt to maintain down the individuals with lawyer charges or give cash to the those that I obtained incarcerated, and simply being there for them after they name.
“If anyone got here to me with a plan like, ‘that is what we will do,’ as a result of I don’t know, and I can’t act like I do know.”
Elsewhere within the dialog, Gucci acknowledged his slower tempo this yr. In 2017, it appeared like he was placing out a venture each week. Now, he’s simply targeted on getting Evil Genius out, which he defined is far more private than previous endeavors.
“This is my first album of the yr,” he stated. “It’s my very own album of the yr and I did it on objective. I used to be desirous to take my time and chill. I didn’t need to be in studio with a deadline, like I obtained to make an album and it obtained to return out at the moment.
“This album was like the primary time I form of had extra enjoyable making the information. With the intentions of simply going within the studio and simply had enjoyable and that is what got here out. But earlier than, I used to be form of going and expressing myself, speaking by way of the mic, like I had a variety of my chest. This album was like, let’s discover the most effective beat, make the most effective music and put it out.”
Evil Genius is predicted to reach on Friday (December 7.) Until then, take a look at the total interview right here.