Unless you you've been hiding under a rock this week (or, like, have a social life) you already know Guwop had a manic Twitter meltdown and severed ties with his label before releasing what was intended as an iTunes album for free. I'm equally skeptical of fetishizing mental instability and putting one's sexual partners on blast, so I think it's best to avoid analysis of Gucci's mental state entirely and stick to the tape itself: It's actually quite good. Gucci's projects have become the walls at which producers can toss their weirdest ideas and see what sticks, and Honorable C Note, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, Southside, and the rest of Diary’s A-list production roster are definitely having fun here. (See: C Note's geeked-up MIDI freakout on "High Power Cowards.") And as with most of Gucci's 2013 releases, Diary is significantly bolstered by its featured rappers, who'll hopefully continue speaking to Gucci after this week: Young Thug, Young Dolph, Young Scooter, and Peewee Longway are predictably enjoyable, and Waka's two verses are some of his strongest this year. What's most interesting here content-wise is "Me," produced by Mike WiLL Made It. In the context of this week, it's a declaration of independence, with Gucci using hyper-narcissism as a defense mechanism against his total distrust of everyone around him.
Highlights: Gucci repeating "Pablo" approximately 200 times in his "Holmes" voice on "Pablo." Waka's life-giving verse on "Nights Like This." The out-of-nowhere pop perfection of Akon's hook (and Scooter's accompanying Yea bitch it's me! ad-libs) on "Recognize."
WTF: Marilyn fucking Manson raps about cameltoes. I repeat, Marilyn Manson. Raps. About cameltoes. And if that doesn't completely melt your brain, Gucci follows it up by saying he wants to fuck your knee.