May 26, marks the one year anniversary of Gucci Mane’s release from jail. He’s managed to pack a lot into that time, including a wealth of new music, getting engaged, and catching up on all the Game of Thrones he missed while locked up. By his side throughout the good times and bad has been his devoted partner, Keyshia Ka'oir.
Read on for a full rundown of the best bits of the last 12 months.
Keyshia Ka'oir just posted these on snapchat ! So I'm guessing Gucci out of jail ! pic.twitter.com/ABUsAwIY5V— Skinny-Minnie♍️ (@lilmiss_TOOTiE) May 26, 2016
May 26 : Gucci is released from prison. The world freaked out and Gucci promptly supplied some new music, dropping the Mike Will-produced “First Day Out The Feds” the next day. The first sign of Gucci’s release came via Keyshia Ka’oir’s Snapchat. Gucci embraced social media straight away, starting his own Snapchat and saying "Thank you to my fans. Appreciate my lady," on May 29.
Winter is coming brrr
June 13 : Gucci caught up on Game of Thrones. In snaps posted on GuwopSnap, he praised Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister, saying, “This little mothafucker hilarious.”
June 19: Gucci’s first post-prison performance was held at Atlanta's The Mansion Elan, where he performed the classic "Icy" and a celebratory "First Day Out."
Watch the clone
June 23: After emerging from prison looking physically different to how he went in, a popular theory emerged that Gucci Mane was a government clone. This rumor picked up pace after Guwop called his vintage Cartier frames "mind-blowing" in a fake bougie accent on his Snapchat. Eventually he addressed the rumor, saying: “I will neither support nor deny those accusations.”
Everybody Looking arrived
July 22: Everybody Looking, Gucci's first post-prison album, dropped. Recorded in just six days, the album includes Kanye West, Drake, and Young Thug.
The first official show
July 23 : Gucci held his first proper show since his release from prison at Atlanta's Fox Theater. The show was aptly titled "Gucci Mane & Friends," as Guwop brought out his nearest and dearest including OJ Da Juiceman, Peewee Longway, Fetty Wap, Young Dolph, and 2 Chainz. Finally, Gucci brought out special guests Future and Drake to help him close out the show.
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July 28: “Life in prison was hell,” Gucci said in one of his first interviews since serving time. “It was a maximum security prison and it was a lot of violence. People were dying every week. [But] I think it helped me to get to the point I’m at now, to drive me out from the drugs. It gave me time to reflect, it made a lot of relationships that were toxic in my life just fall away.”
Reported from Gucci's mini-mansion in Marietta, Georgia, much of the featured focused on the six day period in which Everybody Looking was created. “And on the seventh day I rested,” he said of the process, “like the Lord.”
August 9: In an interview with Vogue, the rapper said his dramatic weight loss was inspired by fashion. “Before I was incarcerated, I had gotten so overweight that I couldn’t fit into any of the clothes I wanted to wear,” he said. “So with the time I was away, I decided I was going to lose weight so I could be able to wear all the brands that I really like.”
A real crowd pleaser
Love those Black Beatles #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/aAu9umHKI7— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) November 10, 2016
September 13: Rae Sremmurd released “Black Beatles,” featuring a guest verse from Gucci. The song goes on to top the Billboard chart and spawn the insanely popular #MannequinChallenge meme.
All his children
September 23: In a radio interview, he praised young rappers Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and 21 Savage. “It’s a different generation. And it’s theirs, it’s not mine,” he told Hot 97.
"I'm an author now"
I'm an author now #TheAutobiographyOfGuccimane pic.twitter.com/vIGPMzQcOQ— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) March 20, 2017
September 26: In a statement to The FADER, a rep for Simon & Schuster confirmed the company had signed a deal with Gucci and that a memoir about the rapper's life was in the pipeline. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is due on September 19.
October 14: New mixtape Woptober was released. It includes features from Rick Ross and Young Dolph.
Gucci ❤'s Malcolm Gladwell
@Gladwell you know you've made it when @gucci1017 is reading your book. #davidandgoliath pic.twitter.com/KkNKxdSVqI— Kevin Amaya (@amayakebin) October 24, 2016
Gucci Mane, ladies and gentlemen. This might be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. https://t.co/XNIIfBTlZx— Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) October 24, 2016
I read blink,outliers, and tipping point you my favorite author https://t.co/TNgvznmuOk— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) October 24, 2016
Working with Future and Lil Uzi Vert
November 14 & 23: Gucci first teamed up with Future once again to release a 2016 edition of the pair's Free Bricks series. He followed this up soon after, collaborating with Lil Uzi Vert for the first time on the 1017 vs The World mixtape.
October 29: Gucci created Instagram and Twitter accounts for his chain.
Championship rings aren't the only thing we play for. Congrats Gucci on the engagement!💍#TrueToAtlanta #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/KHNgGEDDGf— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2016
November 23 : Gucci proposed to girlfriend Keyshia Ka'ior on kiss cam at an Atlanta Hawks game and then lead the crowd in a celebratory Mannequin Challenge.
East Atlanta comes to SantaCon
December 11: Promoting the upcoming release of his The Return Of East Atlanta Santa mixtape, Gucci dropped in on SantaCon in New York.
Gucci + Zaytoven + a piano = magic
December 12: The pair recreated the stripped back live performance in New York the following May.
Christmas comes early
December 16: The Return Of East Atlanta Santa is released. Stand out tracks include Drake-collaboration "Both" and "Last Time," featuring Travis Scott.
Meet the trap choir
February 28 : Gucci and 2 Chainz appeared on The Tonight Show to perform “Good Drank” accompanied by a gospel choir. Sadly footage of the performance has been taken offline, thought it did lead to the release of “Good Drank 2.0” with added vocals from the singers.
I'm Young, Active, and Attractive !!!!!!!— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) May 19, 2017
GucciBoomin is born
May 26: A year to the day that he got out of prison, Gucci released new album Drop Top Wop. The Metro Boomin-produced project includes guests Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Offset, and Young Dolph.