The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Zaytoven, Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin.

Yet every success was followed by setback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story.

In his extraordinary autobiography, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is a blunt and candid account—an instant classic.

Appearances

September 1, 2017 11:30 AM Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.

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WRITING MY WRONGS: LIFE, DEATH, AND REDEMPTION IN AN AMERICAN PRISON

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At age thirty-eight, Senghor was released from prison, where he’d served for nineteen years—seven of them in solitary confinement, which he describes in this powerful memoir. Senghor, whose childhood goal was to become a doctor, read, meditated, and wrote during his time behind bars; once free, he acted on what he’d learned about atonement and forgiveness, becoming a mentor to youth at risk for drugs or crime, and working for social change with organizations including the MIT Media Lab and the Atonement Project. He is currently the director of Strategy and Innovation with #cut50, whose goal is to reduce the U.S. prison population safely and responsibly by 2025.

Senghor will be in conversation with Van Jones, a CNN political commentator and founder of founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.

 

Appearances

March 9, 6:30 p.m.| Busboys and Poets 14 & V2021 14th Street NW| D.C. 20009