Gucci Mane sat down with Jemele Hill of ESPN His & Hers to discuss his life post-prison and his sobriety.
It was Gucci’s time in prison that spurred him to give up drugs.
“[Prison] gave me a chance to sit back and evaluate my life and look at all the mistakes and all the things I know I did wrong and what I need to correct,” he said. “To ensure I don’t come back into this prison, I’ma just be totally sober. I don’t have any more time to make any more mistakes. I wanna jump every hurdle that’s in front of me. I know my weaknesses and being sober it’s like a big strength for me.”
Guwop said he doesn’t find sobriety difficult.
“It’s easy to me,” he said. “Like you say, it’s an extravagant lifestyle I live. And to me, it’s being more cocky. I love to tell someone, ‘Hey listen, I don’t do drugs. I’m sorry baby, but I don’t want anything to drink, I’ll take a water.’”
“I take pride in it,” he continued. “I like the responses. It surprises people, and it kind of throws them off. But you know, I don’t want to be predictable. I don’t want to do what everybody else does. I’m doing this for me.” I like doing it. I hope people follow my example.”
Wop previously spoke on his drug-free stance during an interview with Hot 97’s Funk Flex.
“I don’t do anything,” Gucci said. Absolutely nothing. It’s like I don’t even want it no more. I associate it with jail. I don’t wanna go back to jail. I ain’t gonna front. I don’t wanna go to prison. I’ve been to jail so many times, but prison was a whole different experience. At one point I felt like I shouldn’t have been in no maximum security prison like that. I felt like I hadn’t done nothing to get me where I was at. But I needed to see it. It’s a big deterrent. It made me say, ‘Hey listen, I don’t wanna come back here.’ I’ll change my whole life not to come back here.”
Wop elaborated more on his anti-drug stance during an interview with The New York Times.
Wop professed he was very much addicted to drugs, and that every facet of his life in the past was fueled by drugs an alcohol.
“It’s been tough to be a Gucci fan,” Gucci said in his first interview since being released to home confinement. “It’s been tough to be a Gucci friend, a Gucci sibling, a Gucci girlfriend or a Gucci partner. I done took people through a lot, man.”
Wop revealed he first dabbled in drugs at 17 years old and was hooked since then. He felt he couldn’t function without drugs.
“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.
“In hindsight I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict,” he said. “I was naïve to the fact that I was numb.”
Gucci’s drugs of choice were marijuana, promethazine-codeine, ecstasy and prescription pills.
“I can’t say I felt happy my last six, seven years in the music business,” he said. “I was just numb. You told me that I was doing good or told me I was doing bad, you hated me or loved me, either which way I greeted with nonchalance. It was sincere nonchalance — like, I really didn’t care.”
Gucci failed at rehab prior to his prison sentence, made a committed effort during his stint behind bars.
Wop described feeling like death during the withdrawal process.
“Your body just craving lean bad. Stomach tore up, can’t think straight. Just mad at the world. Temper so short, so violent, so aggressive. So just rude and toxic.”
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