As of late, Gucci Mane has been making headlines for his legal woes as much as he has been announcing moves for his Brick Squad 1017 label. He took a moment to reflect on that with Columbus Ohio's Power 107.5 and gave insight into how he fits into the fame-forced mold of role model.
"I take responsibility for some of that bad stigma that comes from me," he said. "A lot of the things I have done, some I regret. And a lot of it [that bad stigma] is unwarranted. A lot of it, it be false claims, the media take it and make their own assumptions, but I guess from all the things I did in the past — it's like the boy who cried wolf, it just comes with it."
Though Gooch kept silent about which of the incidences were worthy of regret and which included fallacies (at least one — the alleged bottle to the head of a U.S. soldier — is a still pending case to which he has plead not guilty), he did say what advice he would give Chief Keef, who has also been arrested multiple times and is now a Brick Squad signee (as of May).
"My advice would be to him — and any young guy — is to learn from the many people that they seen in they life … me being one of them. Try not to do the same things that I did."
Gucci went on to explain why he feels he can offer such advice to the youth, despite criticism for his appearance at a middle school's career day. “I feel like I can tell my story to anyone who wanna hear it,” he said. “Kids don’t usually like listening to their teachers. They wanna hear from somebody they feel like's in the skreets, or in the know. Got to say something. That’s the only reason I speak … I try and tell ‘em something positive.”
As for another Brick Squad rapper, Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci said this: "I don't see this [recent feud] as being any different than the last eight or nine times we done got into it with each other." At the heart of it all, he said, "He a great businessman, and I pride myself on being a great businessman."
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