Everybody loves a good redemption story, and there are few in recent memory as heart-warming and profoundly transformative as Gucci Mane‘s. In just under a year and a half since his release from prison, Guwop has undergone a switch from being the intimidating godfather of trap to being a kindly, genuine godfather to the next generation, aligning himself as a mentor figure for the likes of Rae Sremmurd and Migos.
In this brief span of time, he has also managed to release two albums proper (with another out shortly), two mixtapes, three EP’s and an untold number of guest verses and collaborations. He has written an autobiography that has its own trailer. He went to Europe for the first time. And, of course, he has found love; his wedding day with Keyshia Ka’oir is but a month away, with a reality TV special documenting the proceedings coming shortly after.
Simply put, Gucci has been living his truest self, and his newfound joie de vivre has him looking fresher than ever and making better work than he’s ever made before. To chart his growing list of successes, we’ve compiled a brief visual history of Gucci Mane’s incredible glo-up.
Guwop wasted literally no time taking advantage of his freedom post-prison. Within 24 hours of leaving, he dropped “First Day Out Tha Feds,” already one of his strongest tracks in a while without the added context.
Some of the earliest visual evidence of Gucci’s glo-up included this fresh all-white ensemble, as Gucci’s then-girlfriend – now fiancée – filmed Guwop fresh out of prison on Memorial Day weekend last year.
A few months later, Gucci’s remarkable style transformation was profiled in Vogue, and the publication even had him review Alessandro Michele’s most recent collection for Gucci.
Last October, Guwop met one of his rap heros, Common, and even got to feature on a remix of the legendary Chicago hip-hop artist’s song “Black America Again” in November.
Rae Sremmurd’s Guwop-featuring “Black Beatles” from their album SremmLife2 gave the Atlanta artist his first number one song, and it’s since gone 5 times Platinum.
Late November was definitely a highlight for Gucci, as he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir courtside at an Atlanta Hawks game.
In December, the self-proclaimed East Atlanta Santa had his best Christmas ever!
Gucci made the cover Cover of CR Men’s Book back in February, featuring his impossibly stunning pearly whites and Gucci frames, naturally.
In addition to rapper, entrepreneur, and all around bad-ass, Guwop added author to his resumé earlier this year when he announced The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. He’ll officially be a published writer as of September 19.
At the BET Awards back in June, Gucci twinned hard with DJ Khaled’s son Asahd in matching turquoise suits.
A major high point for Gucci this year was undoubtedly his first trip across the pond. Guwop toured across Europe, flexing in the finest ensembles in Germany, France, Ireland, and more.
Despite his newfound jet-setter lifestyle, he still managed to find time to kick it in his pool with his favorite ice cream floaty.
The Wopsters flexed hard at this year’s MTV VMAs in two stunning ensembles.
Just recently, Gucci announced his televised wedding special, which is typically only a thing if you have your shit more than together and can afford over-the-top nuptials. Fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir has assured fans the “diamond-flooded wedding” will be “over-the-top fabulous.” Naturally, Guwop’s wedding is taking place October 17 (10/17) at 10:17am.
To celebrate his upcoming wedding and the end of Gucci’s single status, Offset threw him what looks like an unforgettable surprise bachelor party.
And just this week, Gucci also managed to hit one million subscribers on YouTube.
Now, Guwop is set to drop his eleventh studio album Mr. Davis, featuring collaborations with Migos, Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Rocky, and more. It was originally supposed to arrive September 15, but will now be released October 13. Revisit the album’s newest single “Curve” featuring The Weeknd below.
Still need more Gucci? Take a look at his best quotes from his recent talk with Malcolm Gladwell right here.
- Cover Image: Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images
- Text: Jake Boyer & Bianca Giulione