Southern rapper Gucci Mane was released from jail this morning after serving six months behind bars for a parole violation.
Speaking at a press conference immediately after being released, the rapper promised to become a better role model.
“I have made some mistakes in my life that have hurt a lot of people who care about me. I have worked very hard to get past them, but those mistakes have brought me to where I am today, and they will not be repeated. These past six months have been a difficult time, but fortunately I have learned a great deal from my experience. I was able to do a great deal of soul searching; I am coming out with a new attitude towards life…I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments in my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
He also took the opportunity to inform the media about his new business ventures.
The rapper said he has launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records, in affiliation with Asylum/Warner Brothers Records, and said he’ll be recording with rapper Wacka Flocka Flame in the near future. He said his new album, “The Appeal,” is scheduled for a summer release and that he’ll begin a nationwide tour in July to promote it. (Associated Press)
Last March, Gucci expressed his anticipation to exit jail.
“Unfortunately I’ve been to jail a couple times. Anytime I come in it’s difficult to make music, write songs. This time, I have a peace within me. I’ve been so excited to get out. I’ve written about 50 to 60 songs. With money and selling CDs, I can always do that. I believe I can make all the money I’ve missed the last six months. But I can’t regain the time with fans and family.” (Billboard)
His attorney Dwight L. Thomas previously suggested that drugs were part of the reason Gucci was sent to jail for a year.
Gucci’s probation for a 2005 aggravated-assault case was revoked because the flamboyant rapper has not completed a court-ordered 600 hours of community service, he’s tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during visits to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)
Check out Gucci Mane’s press conference down below: