After being released from prison this past May, Gucci Mane has been making a concerted effort to get his life together, as well as releasing new album, Everybody Looking, which is due to be released this week.
Mane talked about the struggles he went through with addiction in his first interview since his release.
“I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober,” Mane said to The New York Times. “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. I was naive to the fact that I was numb.”
Mane further said, “I can’t say I felt happy my last six, seven years in the music business. 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 way I treated it with nonchalance. It was sincere nonchalance -- like, I really didn’t care.”
On the withdrawals that he experience once he entered prison the rapper said, “It feels like death. 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.”
The rapper’s sentence was initially more than three years and stemmed from possessing a firearm in his home. Following his arrest and term in prison, Mane, who is currently under house arrest, reports that he is finally sober, after falling into addiction as a teenager. It has been reported that Mane has been drinking and smoking weed as well as adding in lean (composed of syrup and prescription cough syrup at 21. He also occasionally threw in ecstasy and prescription pills into the mix.
Mane was in jail from September 2013 until this past May, and many rumors circulated as to when he would be released. The first rumors said that he would be released in July but lawyer Drew Findling discounted these. It has then reported that he was slated to be released in September, but circumstances proved otherwise.