Gucci Mane is making a movie about his own life
The rapper is tired of other people telling him who he is.
For most rising stars, a few years in prison could have put a halt to their career. But for Gucci Mane, it allowed his madcap lore to intensify, becoming the subject of tall tales and even more memes. Much of that mystique was clarified, even corrected, when the rapper submitted his part of the story in the plainly named “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” released by Simon and Schuster last summer. But if you’re the type to wait for the movie, it sounds like you won’t have to wait long. According to a recent tweet by Gucci himself, filming has already begun:
“#TheAutoBiographyOfGuccimane is coming to a theatre near you,” tweeted Mane. “#DirectorGuccimane #1017Films”
When Gucci Mane was released from prison in 2016, he seemed like a changed man. His sentence was reduced. He was in better shape. The man who sang albums worth of anthems about drug binges had turned sober. He was releasing more music than ever. For god’s sake, he appeared on longtime New Yorker journalist Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast.
After the release of his book, “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” his transformation began to make sense. In the book, Gucci Mane goes into candid detail about his discomfort around his image, how producers and associates liked to pump up his past. For a while, unable to moderate his drug use, friends and rivals thought the rapper had simply lost his mind.
“More than anything I was tired,” Gucci wrote. “Tired of running away from my reputation, tired of trying to convince people I wasn’t a bad person.”
There’s a whole genre of semi-autobiographical films—from Eminem’s “8 Mile” to 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”—in which popular rappers fictionalize their histories to make themselves seem tougher. Assuming Gucci Mane’s film sticks to the source, it may very well do the opposite. As for Gucci’s filmography thus far, we last saw him in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” where the rapper fell asleep while filming a sex scene.