News: Mario Reflects On Gucci Mane's Prison Sentence, "It's Definitely A Setback" [Video]
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 11:10AM
R&B singer Mario has reflected on his "Break Up" collaborator Gucci Mane being placed behind bars for nearly a year.
Mario sees Gucci's prison time as merely a setback.
"Nah, I didn't speak to him about the situation," Mario told radio diva Jenny Boom Boom. "It's a setback, it's a setback. It's definitely a setback, I mean, he's got a lot of great music out right now. He's been having a great run for himself. I don't care what you got going on, when you gotta sit for a year? It's a setback. I think he's still hungry, you know what I'm saying? He's still got a lot of work to do. Prayers go out to him though." (Jenny Boom Boom TV)
In a prepared statement last month, Gucci said he has continued to remain positive about his situation.
"I have accepted full responsibility for my actions and I am ready to deal with what is in front of me right now," wrote Gucci. "Thankfully, my label is still moving forward with my album release so I will have plenty to look forward to when I get out. I am remaining positive and want my fans to know that I am grateful for their loyalty and continued support. I will get through this." (XXL Mag)
According to his attorney, Dwight L. Thomas, the rapper has been trying to recover from drug addiction.
Gucci's probation for a 2005 aggravated-assault case was revoked because the flamboyant rapper has not completed a court-ordered 600 hours of community service, he's tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during visits to his probation officer and he has not been getting the proper permission to travel as mandated previously by the judge. "[Gucci] told the court yesterday he was on a road to recovery in terms of being clean and sober," explained Thomas, who also represented T.I. in his recent gun case. "[He is] alcohol free and weed free. ... He's also dealing with the emotional issue of killing somebody. He's been in counseling and therapy." (MTV)
Despite being in prison, Gucci called into DJ Drama's radio show last week and made peace with former rap rival Young Jeezy.
"That's what it is homie," Jeezy said to Gucci, accepting the peace calling. "What's understood ain't gotta be said, man. We gonna do this for the city, so you keep your head up. Me and Dram gonna hold it down, bruh and that's what it is. 100. That's what it is homie -- that's what it is man, it's back to business man. Back to the money, back to the music. Back to the streets. We're back for the city man. Believe that. We got more work to do -- by the way, you snuck me with that phone call homie, for real." (Hot 107.9)
Check out Mario speaking on Gucci Mane down below: