Rapper Gucci Mane 'Proud' Of His Sobriety

By McCarton Ackerman 11/14/16

"I know my weaknesses. And being sober, it’s like a big strength for me."

Rapper Gucci Mane 'Proud' Of His Sobriety

Gucci Mane has remained sober since his release from prison earlier this year, and the rapper says he plans on staying that way.

Born Radric Davis, the popular rapper opened up about his new lifestyle in a recent appearance on the ESPN show His & Hers. Davis has endured numerous stints behind bars and was most recently sentenced to three years in prison in September 2013 for possession of a firearm by a felon. After being released this past May, he said the experience scared him straight and made him determined to do everything possible to not return.

“To ensure that I don’t come back into this prison, I’m just gonna be totally sober,” said Davis of his thought process. “I don’t have any time to make any more mistakes. I want to jump every hurdle that’s in front of me. And it takes me [having] a clearer mind. I know my weaknesses. And being sober, it’s like a big strength for me.”

Davis enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits in the 2000s, including “Wasted” and “Lemonade,” but his drug addiction made him his own worst enemy when it came to furthering his career. Todd Moscowitz, a member of his management team, even lamented to the New York Times that “every single time that he was about to break through is exactly when he went back to jail.”

Despite an unsuccessful rehab stint and long-term use of a wide range of substances including ecstasy, alcohol, prescription pills and "lean" (a concoction of soda and promethazine/codeine-based cough syrup), it wasn’t until he was forced to go through withdrawal while locked up that he acknowledged having a problem.

“I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober. Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt like sex wouldn’t be good sober. I associated everything with being high,” Davis told the New York Times in July. “In hindsight, I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict.”

Since finishing his sentence, Davis released a new album in July called Everybody Looking. He’s also kept much of the same routine he adopted while behind bars, including daily exercise, prayer, and reading self-help books. But for a rapper whose flashy lifestyle has become a part of his image, Davis said his sobriety may be the most lavish thing about him.

"It’s an extravagant lifestyle I live. And to me it’s kinda being even more cocky. I love to tell somebody, ‘Hey listen, I don’t do drugs. I’m sorry baby, but I don’t want anything to drink. I’ll take a water,’” he said. “I’m proud of doing it. I like doing it. I hope people follow my example.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.