Gucci Mane has a huge, iced-out “See Spot Run” dog pendant on his chain, but it could just as easily double as a “See Gucci Run” adornment for his career. The Alabama transplant has been consistently heating up the A for the past months with all kinds of records, from “Bird Flu” to “Freaky Gurl.” And now with Lil’ Kim and Ludacris onboard for the “Freaky Gurl” remix, Gucci is making headlines for his music instead of just his run-ins with the law.
“It took me to another level,” he said of the remix. “It’s one of the biggest songs I ever put down. It definitely catapulted my career to a whole ‘nother plateau.
“I heard Kim’s verse when I was in the studio, and I had to redo my verse,” Gucci added. “They pushed me, ’cause she was going bananas on there. I already heard Luda’s verse. I had both before I wrote mine, so I think I had an advantage on that one. I love that remix.”
Gucci said the next single, the lead track from his December 11 release, Back to the Trap House, is going to be even bigger. “Stay Fly” was produced by upstart Butter, who worked with Polow Da Don on Rich Boy‘s debut. Gucci recently shot a clip for the song, featuring Rich Boy and Pimp C. He said the beat for “Stay Fly” matches the foundation he set with “Bird Flu,” which set the overall template for Trap House.
Gucci has a production deal in place with Jimmy Rosemond‘s Czar Entertainment, and they picked tracks for the album together.
“I wanted like a raunchy, grimy feel to it,” Gucci explained. “So I wanted party beats that still could bang in the truck. So trunk music. The producers know my swag and what I wanna hear. So they gonna hit it in the head when they give it to me.”
Not every track is so dirty, though. The Trey Songz-assisted “Drink It Straight,” and “G-Love” (featuring LeToya Luckett) offer smoother alternatives, and according to Gucci, one of the two will likely be the third single.
In the meantime, Gucci is still getting his crew, the So Icey Boys, together. He told us DG Yola may not be in the group by the time the album drops due to issues he’s having with Atlantic Records. After that, Gucci is prepping his new artist OJ the Juice Man for for a release, and then he wants to drop another solo album by the end of 2008.
“I gotta get my catalog going now, man,” he said.