Good things come to those who wait. If it’s one lesson the delayed release of Gucci Mane’s newest album, Mr. Davis, has taught us, it’s this.
On Friday (Oct. 13), the project was dropped after initially being scheduled for a Sept. 15 release. Longtime fans – and some new ones – have been waiting to hear the new tracks from Guwop for a month. Now, they finally can. The reasoning for the delay actually makes sense, when you think about it…
The rapper previously said that he pushed the album’s release date back because of two big reasons. One, the rapper’s memoir, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, came out on Thursday (Sept. 19) and he didn’t want the album to overshadow his new literary work. And two, his wedding to fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir is just a few short days afterward on Tuesday (Oct. 17).
Dr. Davis is Gucci’s 11th studio album and features 17 songs. Guest appearances on the project include Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Brown, Migos, ScHoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj, Rico Love, The Weeknd, Slim Jxmmi, A$AP Rocky and Big Sean.
iHeartRadio chopped it up with the rapper about his new project. Check out the interview below. Buy Mr. Davis here.
Why are you naming this new album Mr. Davis?
I'm naming my new album Mr. Davis because it seems that my music is maturing with my life.
Is there anything different about this album's sound that your fans have never heard?
My fans are going to get a new sound from me on this album because it's just dealing with life experiences that I've been through in the last six or seven months. So, it's kind of urgent, current.
Why do you feel it's important to release so much music since you came home? Are you trying to make up for lost time?
I feel like it's important for me to release a lot of music since I came home because I got a lot going through my head. I got a lot to express. I'm feeling very creative right now.
Why did you ask the featured stars on Mr. Davis to collaborate?
I reached out to a lot of different artists on this new album because I'm a big fan of collaborating and I was a fan of a lot of these people's music. So, I felt like something special would come out of us working together.
What does the future Mrs. Davis (Keyshia Ka’oir) only know about you?
One thing that the future Mrs. Davis knows about me that nobody [else] knows… I'm just not sure that people know how appreciative I am of my opportunity to get out and have a chance to restore my career. So, I don't think people know how grateful I am. But, I know she does.
Why is Mr. Davis an important album that should be heard?
Mr. Davis is an important album because it talks about the ups and downs. It's a victory story. It's an honor that underdog story and gives people hope.
Would you say that Mr. Davis speaks on the real you like your memoir, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane?
I feel like Mr. Davis is almost like the audio version of that book. It's really personal and in-depth.
What's the difference between Radric Davis and Gucci Mane?
Radric Davis, he's a loving father. He tries to be a good friend. He's a work in progress. But, Gucci Mane is a professional. He's a hard worker. He's resilient and he's an overachiever.
**WARNING: Explicit language**
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