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The Ballad of Radric Davis: Gucci Mane Going To Rehab For Lean, In Jail Again

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The Ballad of Radric Davis: Gucci Mane Going To Rehab For Lean, In Jail Again

All the GUWOP in the world can't buy peace of mind (or freedom).
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In the past 24 hours, Gucci Mane has capped off a weeks-long shit-talking spree on Twitter with an apology for his lean addiction and a promise to go to rehab, of all things, as well as direct apologies to a few of the people (Birdman, Rick Ross, Drake, and Keyshia Dior) he feels his words and actions have aversely affected. Some are still speculating that hackers could be responsible, though that scenario seems increasingly unlikely, given the amount of time that Guwop has had to change his password. He seems to be tweeting from jail, as he was arrested on a southwest Atlanta street last week for carrying a handgun and a small amount of weed, after a friend supposedly called the cops for his erratic behavior. His mea culpa reads as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d venture a guess that any behavior erratic enough to convince one of Gucci Mane’s friends to call the cops, despite his long history of unrelenting legal troubles, was veering into potentially dangerous territory. According to Rap Genius, Gucci has been arrested once a year since 1999, with incidents reaching far beyond the typical tour bus weed stash bust into repeated vehicular, gun and assault charges, including breaking a cue stick over a man’s head and throwing a young woman from a moving car after she refused to blow him for $150. In other words, Gucci makes any of the 99 problems Jay-Z may have had look like child’s play, although this has not stopped his woes from becoming a sort of hood soap opera for ironically disconnected internet users. It’s frankly somewhere between scary and sad.

Here’s to hoping Gucci Mane going to rehab for lean is a success, and that it will perhaps even lift the cloud of violence and incarceration that has cast a shadow upon him for more than a decade. Because he may be a cartoon character to some, but beyond that imposing, iced out exterior is a soul, someone with a family and friends who has seen a lot in his time on this earth, and nothing has been known to crush that soul and exacerbate mental illness like a stay in the pen. LOL all you want–because Gucci Mane does the darndest things!–but I’ll be praying for the man, because platinum albums may afford him the best legal counsel there is, but both are little comfort when one is alone in a concrete box, struggling with addiction and a host of anger issues.

Godspeed, Guwop.