Gucci Mane has been in scrapes with the law throughout his life and career. Since he rose to fame in the mid-2000s, the Atlanta trap rapper has been arrested numerous times for a variety of offenses, ranging from marijuana possession to shoving a young woman out of a moving vehicle to even murder (the charges were later dropped). So when Gucci signed controversial teen rapper Chief Keef to his Brick Squad imprint, many fans worried that the pairing of the two would be detrimental to say the least.
In a recent interview with Power 107.5, Gucci acknowledged that he has done enough to warrant skepticism from the public. He also revealed how much he hopes Chief Keef avoids making similar decisions.
“I take responsibility for some of that bad stigma that comes from me. A lot of the things I have done, I regret. And a lot of it [I warranted]. A lot of it, it be false claims,” Gucci said. “… My advice would be to him [Chief Keef], and any other young guy, is to learn from [me] … try not to do the same thing that I did.”
Gucci was pictured speaking to a class of schoolchildren earlier this year, and the image sparked both humor and outrage. Some didn’t understand why a celebrity with such a tarnished history would be asked to address youngsters.
“I feel like I can tell my story to anyone who wanna hear it,” Gucci said, without specifically mentioning the school appearance. “Kids don’t usually like listening to their teachers. They wanna hear from somebody they feel likes in the streets or in the know. Got to say something. That’s the only reason I speak … I try and tell ‘em some positive.”