On the heels of his 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards performances, Atlanta's Gucci Mane prepares his first major label release, "The State Vs. Radric Davis"
Press Release From Warner Bros. Records:
GUCCI MANE’S FIRST MAJOR LABEL RELEASE
THE STATE VS. RADRIC DAVIS OUT DECEMBURRR 8, 2009
MTV POLLS ARE IN: GUCCI MANE IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST MC’S IN THE GAME
October 28th, 2009: Burbank, CA:
So Icey/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records are pleased to announce the release of Gucci Mane’s first major release, The State Vs. Radric Davis. The long-awaited album will make its way into stores DecemBURRR 8, 2009.
The State Vs. Radric Davis comes after a slew of independent releases, mixtapes and features over the past few years. It brings together some of the best production work from Polow Da Don, Drumma Boy, Sean Garrett, Mannie Fresh and others. Confirmed features so far include Usher, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and So Icey Entertainment family OJ Da Juiceman and Waka Flocka.
The news comes on the heels of the rapper being named the #6 Hottest MC currently in the game by MTV staffers and fans (see link below). The network justifies the decision in stating “no artist this year has more effectively merged the underground with the mainstream. He's broken through in '09 and shined through the clouds of controversy that have continued to dampen his career.”
2009 has been a very busy year for the Atlanta native. Bridging the gap between the streets and mainstream, Gucci Mane elevated his profile by appearing on four Top 20 singles this summer including Mario’s “Break Up,” Trey Songz’ “LOL” feat. Soulja Boy, and landing the feature on Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” remix and his own first single “Wasted”. Gucci Mane has been seemingly everywhere with more than 150 songs on over 40 different mixtapes and albums.
Despite his success, Gucci Mane remains true to his underground cult following who continue to demonstrate their devotion to the battle-tested hero. His set-up single “Wasted” feat Plies with OJ Da Juiceman on the remix is the rapper’s most successful single to date. The song is currently nestled in at #2 on the urban mainstream radio chart and, with over 15 million plays on MySpace, it is currently the #5 most streamed song on all of MySpace. Gucci’s next single from the new album is “Spotlight” which features 5-time Grammy Award winning R&B singer Usher and promises to capitalize on the rapper’s momentum in the mainstream and will surely be a strong, radio-ready follow-up for his ever-growing audience. While Gucci continues to release mixtapes, including his latest The Cold War series, the new album will contain ALL new never before heard music and will include not only the mainstream hits, but also a slew of street anthems from Drumma Boy, Zaytoven, and Fat Boi.
Gucci Mane first came onto the scene in 2005 with his smash single “So Icey” featuring Young Jeezy off his debut album, Trap House. Disputes over the song’s rights resulted in a well-publicized and deadly beef between the two artists and would be the source of legal headaches for years to come. His follow-up album Back to the Trap House spawned the hit “Freaky Gurl” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks.