For lots of folks, its T.I. and Gucci who traditionally rep the hustler Trap mentality of the South, and arguably, T.I. was the one with more crossover looks, while Gucci Mane seemed more handcuffed to the streets. He could have gone away forever, considering how the judicial system tends to throw the book at rappers who are in and out of jail because of murder, assault, and weapons charges, but luck was on his side throughout this tribulations, allowing him to serve out severely commuted sentences and hit the scene healthy and ready to go. Since he last got out he’s lost some fans, but also gained possibly even more new ones, thanks to finding a synergy of what both civilians and the streets would respond to, and in the process, he kept out of trouble, which only made interesting Pop-orientated collaborations more possible. At the same time, the image of a killer with blood on his hands never stopped working wonders for his career or his subject matter. Like Drake, the man is too big too fail because he is a corporate media darling, yet where Drake plays with the idea of employing a team of killers, Gucci’s gangsta aura is so air tight that he can basically rap about anything he wants from here on out without ever having his authenticity questioned.