Gucci Mane has announced his new album, Woptober, following an early pardon from house arrest. The Atlanta rapper had initially been sentenced to 39 months in prison following a guilty plea for firearm possession back in 2014. He was released early this past May and has been on house arrest ever since.
According to SPIN, Mane also released a Snapchat where he cut off his ankle monitor to inform fans that he was finally off house arrest. While he is now free to leave the house, the rapper is still technically on probation.
His house arrest was the driving creative force behind his Everybody Looking’s music video stream that was released during it. His Everybody Looking album was released this past July.
Mane had given an interview to The New York Times over the summer about his crime and term in prison. The original arrest stemmed from having a firearm in his home, and the rapper reportedly finally got sober in prison after falling into addiction as a teenager. As a young adult, Mane began drinking and smoking weed, as well as adding in “lean” when he was just 21. Lean is a mixture of syrup and prescription cough syrup, and he also reportedly abused ecstasy and prescription pills.
“I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober,” Mane said to the Times. Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt 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.”
He further described the withdrawals he went through in prison, saying, “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.”