The release of chronic perpetrator Gucci Mane's latest mixtape yesterday coincided with his most recent release from prison. "Tragedy" is the first track, and Lord knows I don't want to be in the penitentiary, but that is my reality is the first line. Don't really believe that, have heard it before. But what we haven't heard before—and we would probably remember because it sounds godawful—is the way the whole track stutters during the second chorus. For this brief moment, Lex Luger's rapid-fire percussion technique, the trademark half-second where he jams like 20 hats in, gets applied to Gucci's vocals and a snare, too. I don't want to b-b-b-b-be. And so it goes, for better or worse: something new from Gucci Mane.
July 06, 2011