Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Thursday (November 12) for probation violation and taken away to prison in handcuffs, according to a rep from his label.
The sentence is a blow to Gucci’s career. The ATL rapper has a album coming out — The State Vs. Radrick Davis — on December 8 and is arguably at the height of his career; in terms of his sentence, he may be out of prison in six months. Last September, Gucci went to jail and served until March; he was sentenced to a year in prison for failing to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service, which had been mandated in 2005.
“It was a challenge for me,” he told MTV News in March about going to jail in 2008. “I’m just happy my team kept my music going strong for me. And I’m happy I recorded so many records so people could hear me.”
Upon his release Gucci went straight to the studio and recorded five songs. ” Then I had a party later that night to get ready for, so that took up most of my day right there,” he added, describing his first day as a free man.
This year, Gucci definitely was breaking through the mainstream from the streets to the mainstream, guest appearing on tracks for the Black Eyed Peas, Mario, Omarion, Mariah Carey and even a 50 Cent song. Gucci’s current single is called “Spotlight” and features Usher. This follows on the heels of “Wasted,” featuring Plies.