PRIMO!: Review: Diary of a Trap God by Gucci Mane
PRIMO! Magazine Online
20 SEPTEMBER 2014
Gucci Mane’s latest mixtape “Diary of a Trap God” was released like a drop in a Twitter Tsunami. Last week he went positively ape-shit, firing cyber shots at practically everyone in the game. Afterwards, he announced he was dropping his tenth release of the year.
The whole thing was dismissed as a publicity stunt, when really he leaked it because the outburst saw him get dropped from Atlantic, i.e. he could no longer distribute it as an official release. Guwop has since been arrested for running amok, which has more or less eclipsed the tape. Drama aside, the DOATG should not be slept on.
The production is heavy as concrete. Zaytoven composed Keep It Real is an absolute trunk destroyer, and OJ Da Juiceman featured Stash House is like a glimpse back to the days of So Icey Ent. The Mike Will produced Me is a timely announcement of independence, where Guwop raps he can only trust himself. Here, his syrupy flow is polished to a tee.
Rappers are fake, Gucci a G,
Who am I featuring? I’m featuring me
Nevertheless, there’s a wealth of guests spots, including Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Akon. Most bizarre of all is the delirious Pussy Wet, where we are treated to a cherry popping rap-feature from Marilyn Manson. Truth be told, the song sucks, but I fucks with the novelty enough to let it slide.
The tightest track on the mix comes from within his camp. There’s an electric chemistry on Virgin between Gucci and Bricksquad signees Young Thug and Young Dolph. Thug is like Weezy on PCP, while Dolph sounds like 2 Chainz on lean. Both of these artists should be kept on the radar, as Gucci’s recent arrest may soon require them to fly the Bricksquad without him (Dolph dropped a clip for ‘Money Callin’ last night, which goes double-smoked HAM.)
He may be unable to behave, but Gucci Mane has still proven to be one of the most prolific and versatile rappers today. This tape is yet another notch in his belt. BRR