After a truly extensive and agonizing wait, the moment that we’ve all literally awaited has finally come! Gucci Mane’s album is finally here! It has been two months since we witnessed Gucci’s early prison release. Since that release Gucci has been putting in nothing but work! From his first post prison song, “1st Day Out Tha Feds,” to Kanye’s “Champions,” Dreezy’s “We Gon Ride,” then his lead single, “All My Children,” and Young Thug assisted, “Guwop Home,” Gucci Mane’s presence is stronger than it has ever been.
Gucci’s new album, Everybody Looking, marks his first album in five years. So you could see why this is such a huge deal right? According to XXL, “Gucci’s Everybody Looking received a July 22 release date just last week, and it was revealed today (Jun. 27) that the album was recorded over a six day period.” Only Gucci Mane would record an album in just six days! Producers, Zaytoven, and Mike Will Made-It were also said to be the major contributors to the producing of the album. From the beginning of the album, to the ending, their contribution can be noticed heavily.
The album consists of 15 tracks and recruits the talents of Drake, Kanye West and Young Thug. Kanye assists Gucci in the narcissistic “P**** Print,” Drake features on the hard hitting “Back On Road,” and Young Thug assists in the celebratory “Guwop Home.”
According to Rap-Up, “Half of the songs were written while Gucci was behind bars. “I made like a pact to myself: When I get out, no matter what happens, I must record these songs,” the now sober rapper told The New York Times. “It was so real when I wrote it.”
The songs celebrate Gucci’s return and also give a reminder of who the trap God is (in case anyone forgot). The songs contain those heavy hitting beats that we are all used to associating with Gucci Mane. The album opens up on Gucci’s personal struggle as a recovering drug addict, his past life of crime, his extreme dislike for the police, his wealth (as expected), and all of his accomplishments while even being jailed. No project would be a complete project if it did not possess some cocky lines from the Trap God himself.
While the album does possess some hard-hitting songs, as a whole, the project felt… watered down. It felt like Gucci did not truly exhibit his all and give us that Gucci Mane that we all know and love. Some tracks exhibited that authentic trap vibe we want and expect from Gucci, but some were simply not that memorable. Some standout tracks from the album are: “No Sleep (Intro),” “1st Day Out Tha Feds,” “P**** Print,” “Pop Music,” “Out Do Ya,” and “Guwop Home.”
Along with the album release, Gucci also had a homecoming show in Atlanta. According to XXL, on Friday (Jul. 22), Gucci also took to Atlanta’s Fox Theater to give his first “full-scale” performance.” “Gucci and Friends” blazed the stage helping celebrate Gucci’s album and overall have an enjoyable night. The “friends” that Gucci brought to celebrate with him on the stage included, Drake, Future, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, and more.
Overall the album is decent and can still receive car play and can be played at parties and gatherings. With a work ethic like Gucci’s, it’s very safe to say that this is not the only project up his sleeve. Everybody Looking is available now for both streaming and download!