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Gucci Mane at Revolution 4/24

There's far more to Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane than just the ice cream cone recently tattooed to his cheek. First of all, don't neglect the lightning bolts coming out of that ink masterpiece. And, second of all, no one would care so much if the frequently incarcerated mixtape veteran (born Radric Davis) weren't a seriously creative and prolific madman. Perhaps not as fierce as Ol' Dirty Bastard, but just as keen on finding vivid, lascivious new imagery for his listeners.

Begin with "Lemonade," from his 2009 breakout album The State vs. Radric Davis, in which everything in Gucci's sweet-toothed world is painted yellow — even the dining-room set. With his catch phrase "It's Gucci" front and center, he lights up his appearance on Big Boi's "Shine Blockas" with little more than his perfectly hoarse timbre. To get the final piece, consider "Weirdo" from last year's The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted, which contains the line, "Let's have breakfast on the moon/Let's have dinner on Uranus." So maybe let's skip dessert, even if it's an ice cream cone.

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