Gucci Mane, that ice cream tattoo, and bling are on the cover of The Source’s April 2011 issue. Inside, he talks about being famous in Atlanta, the media mistaking him for stupid, and his desire to be “the richest man in Atlanta.”
On critics calling him less than intelligent:
“Yeah. The critics and bloggers ridicule and scrutinize [but] it fuels my ﬁre. I can’t say I want to enjoy all the spoils of the game without being criticized. I actually welcome it as a part of success. I don’t want everybody to like me. So many people feel like I don’t deserve the things I got. I know I worked so hard for ‘em, so [criticism] makes me work even harder.”
“When I came out of school, I had a 3.4 GPA,” said Gucci, who went to Georgia Perimeter College. “I was always a smart guy. I always prided myself on being a challenger and making challenging decisions. I’m not perfect, but I deﬁnitely try my best to be a good person that makes wise decisions.”
On Being Famous in Atlanta:
“I’m so big in Atlanta right now, I can’t even go outside. It never used to be like this. Now old people, white people, all people know who I am. Like people almost wrecking their car to take a picture of my car. Yesterday, I’m in my Ferrari, I get pulled over, the cop comes to the car and says, ‘Sorry, I just wanna see the inside of your Ferrari.’ I swear to God.”
You can’t tell him nothin’!!!!!
Kanye joins an elite list of artists at The Source. The magazine has named his newest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,a classic by giving it 5 mics, the highest honor. I think it’s well deserved. I’ve heard the new album and think it’s amazing!! In case you were curious, take a look at all of the 5-mics albums from the magazine’s history:
Run-D.M.C. — Run-D.M.C.
Radio — LL Cool J
Licensed to Ill — Beastie Boys
Raising Hell — Run-D.M.C.
Criminal Minded — Boogie Down Productions
Paid in Full — Eric B. & Rakim
By All Means Necessary — Boogie Down Productions
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back — Public Enemy
Long Live the Kane — Big Daddy Kane
Critical Beatdown — Ultramagnetic MCs
Straight Out the Jungle — Jungle Brothers
Strictly Business — EPMD
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick — Slick Rick
Straight Outta Compton — N.W.A.
No One Can Do It Better — The D.O.C.
All Eyez on Me — 2Pac
Grip It! On That Other Level — Geto Boys
Doggystyle — Snoop Doggy Dogg
The Diary — Scarface
Me Against the World — 2Pac
The Score — The Fugees
Reasonable Doubt — Jay-Z
People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm — A Tribe Called Quest
Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em — Eric B. & Rakim
AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted — Ice Cube
One for All — Brand Nubian
De La Soul Is Dead — De La Soul
The Low End Theory — A Tribe Called Quest
Illmatic — Nas
Life After Death — The Notorious B.I.G.
Aquemini — Outkast
Breaking Atoms — Main Source
Death Certificate — Ice Cube
The Chronic — Dr. Dre
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) — Wu-Tang Clan
Ready to Die — The Notorious B.I.G.
The Infamous — Mobb Deep
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… — Raekwon
2001 — Dr. Dre
The Blueprint — Jay-Z
Stillmatic — Nas
The Fix — Scarface
The Naked Truth — Lil’ Kim
Trill OG — Bun B
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – – Kanye West