Gucci Mane is once again a free man after six months behind bars in Atlanta.
The rapper was released from Fulton County Jail shortly after midnight. He had only served half of his yearlong sentence after beging convicted of parole violation. His brief incarceration was tough, but he said the support of his loyal fans made his time in lockup a little easier to handle.
Gucci addressed a crowd of reporters stationed outside the correctional facility immediately upon his release early this morning. The rapper admitted that he “made some mistakes in my life that have hurt a lot people who care about me,” but he’s learned from them.
“I have worked very hard to get past them, but those mistakes have brought me to where I am today, and they will not be repeated,” he said. “I was able to do a great deal of soul searching; I am coming out with a new attitude towards life.”
Part of that new attitude includes keeping his mind on his money. He regrets not being able to enjoy all the fanfare that came along with the release of his official debut album. Now he wants to make up for lost time.
“I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life,” Gucci said before announcing plans to head out on a national tour. He also revealed that he’s working on a new album called The Appeal, which is slated for release this summer.
And Gucci told reporters that he has launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records, under his deal with Asylum Records and Warner Bros. Records.
— Sonya Eskridge