Gucci Mane, ‘Diary of a Trap God’ – Album Review
If you’ve been keeping track recently, Gucci Mane has been releasing a lot of music, as he debuted a three-volume mixtape just last month. Now with his new album, ‘Diary of a Trap God,’ he gives fans even more music and pulls in producers Zaytoven, Mike WiLL Made it, DJ Mustard and others.
Some of the features on 'Diary of a Trap God’ include Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, OJ Da Juiceman, Chief Keef, E-40 and Plies, and throughout the 23-song release, Gucci gives fans more of what made him famous in the first place.
Take ‘Choppers’ for example, where he talks about his passion for carrying guns over cascading strings. In this cut, Gucci’s raspy sing-songy flow fits nicely with the dramatic backing music. And on ‘Cutters,’ the southern rhymer borrows from the 1980's Ice-T song ‘Colors,’ and flips the hook to speak a lot of tough talk.
So basically, listeners shouldn’t expect anything vastly different on ‘Diary of a Trap God’ because Gucci pretty much sticks to the script and mixes authentic trap music with a couple of radio singles.
Probably the best of the radio-friendly cuts is the Akon-assisted ‘Recognize,’ also featuring Young Scooter. On the hook-driven cut, Gucci talks about his days of being broke before achieving fame and fortune.
“Used to walk inside DeKalb Mall broker than a bitch / Window shopping, window shopping I ain't have s---," Gucci raps. And another solid radio cut is ‘Cold Hearted,' where the Atlanta rapper talks trash over a slow-paced keyboard groove.
After listening to the album, it's apparent that Gucci sticks to the if-it-aint-broke-don't-fix-it theory.
So if you're a Gucci fan, you'll probably like songs like 'Nuthin On Ya,' where the rapper loses some of his bravado and speaks about a particular lady in his life. Plus, you'll probably appreciate 'Fall Back' featuring Tyga, as Gucci's slow cadence falls right in line with the cut's prominent keyboard riff.
But if you're not a Gucci fan and you're using ‘Diary of a Trap God’ to potentially become a supporter, there's a good chance that you won't take to songs like 'Pablo' and 'Keep It Real,' mainly for the simple and uninventive way that Gucci approaches these two tracks.
Simply put, ‘Diary of a Trap God’ probably isn't the album that will bring a ton of new fans for Gucci, and as far as his existing fan base, they'll probably enjoy it because it's his usual material. And that could be a good or bad thing, depending on how much you've liked the rapper since he's been on the scene.
Listen to Gucci Mane's 'Diary of a Trap God'