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Album Review: Gucci Mane – ‘Mr Davis’

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Gucci Mane has been busy since his release from prison in May 2016. On top of his autobiography, clothing line, and marriage to Keyshia Ka’oir, Mane released five fulllength musical projects in the last year and a half. The most recent of these is the long-awaited Mr. Davis, a star-studded album that delivers both Mane’s usual slew of instant party anthems, and a commentary on the good and bad sides of stardom.

This 17-track project is carried by the dark, entrancing beats crafted by star producers including Metro Boomin, Southside, and Nav, allowing listeners to enjoy a combination of powerful drum kicks and catchy hooks by Gucci and his notable slew of features. At times, the supporting hooks and verses from industry favorites like Migos, The Weeknd, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj outshine Gucci Mane lyrically, especially in instant hits such as “I Get The Bag,” “Lil Story,” and “Make Love.”

Despite this, all of the songs on Mr. Davis feature amusing metaphors and beats that are sure to be party favorites for months to come. Standout single “I Get The Bag” includes a catchy hook and a danceable beat that come together to create a musical gem perfect for Gucci Mane and Migos fans alike.

Not veering far from his usual content, much of Gucci Mane’s lyrics in Mr. Davis concern money, parties, and self-congratulation. However, Gucci Mane also reflects on the struggles he experienced prior to stardom, including his incarceration and drug abuse in “Work in Progress (Intro)” and “Made It (Outro).” He also looks into his future, conveying his loyalty and love for his wife in “We Ride.”

Mr. Davis shows two sides to Gucci Mane: A rich rapper living lavish, but also a changed man who established his own business and is settling down with his wife. Supported by a talented group of producers and other artists, Mr. Davis signifies a triumphant Woptober for Gucci Mane.

 

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