Originally published at: http://hiphopheads.com/blog/first-year-tha-feds/
The last year has been an unprecedented one for Trap Muzik.
Acts like Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Rae Sremmurd, and (a very trap-influenced) Drake are absolutely dominating the pop music charts. Platinum records and billions of streams are a testament to the infectiousness of the genre. Amidst the rise of this new era in pop music, on May 26th 2016, Gucci Mane, the deity of Trap Muzik was released after nearly three years federal incarceration.
Wop hit the ground running releasing his first single on May 27th, “First Day Out Tha Feds”, a freestyle rap over a beat produced by his longtime counterpart Mike WiLL Made-It. This track signaled that the fire was ignited in Gucci, but it was just a drop in the bucket of what was to come. Soon after Wop was featured on the G.O.O.D. Music single “Champions”, a collaboration track featuring Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Quavo, Yo Gotti, & Desiigner, with production by A-Trak, Lex Luger, Fonzworth Bentley, Noah Goldstein, Mike Dean, Kanye, and Charlie Heat.
After two months and what had seemed like an eternity, Gucci released his album Everybody Looking. The album is a cavalcade of Guwop and the gang, with the main production helmed by Mike WiLL and the legendary Zaytoven. The single “Back on Road” featuring Drake, peaked at #81 on Billboard’s Top 100. The Kanye West-featured track “Pussy Print” peaked at #89. But ultimately, Everybody Looking would go on to be Gucci’s most successful album to date, peaking at #2 on Billboard 200, #1 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop, and #144 on the Billboard Year End 2016 Chart.
In September 2016, Guwop was featured on the single “Black Beatles” off of Rae Sremmurd’s album Sremm Life 2. Through the pure musicality and catchiness of the hook and verses, with Mike WiLL’s production, and a little viral integration (search the web for “Mannequin Challenge”), “Black Beatles” climbed the Billboard chart to #1. The track became Gucci and Rae Sremm’s first #1 hit single and was also their first exposure to international markets such as Canada and the United Kingdom, and currently 4x Platinum in the US and 2x Platinum in Australia. After the success of the song, Gucci became a household name in America.
In October, Gucci released the album Woptober, boasting an eclectic roster of producers and features Young Dolph and Rick Ross. Woptober peaked at #43 on Billboard 200. Then in November, Wop released two tapes. First was Free Bricks 2K16: Zone 6 Edition, a collaborative effort with Future. Following that came 1017 vs. The World with Lil Uzi Vert.
December 2016 saw the release of The Return of East Atlanta Santa, Guwop’s tenth studio album. The album bolstered three very strong singles: “Last Time” featuring Travis Scott, “Drove U Crazy” featuring Bryson Tiller, and “Both” featuring Drake. The latter of the three reached #41 on the Hot 100 and #16 on R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard Charts.
Gucci Mane remains one the hardest working artists in Hip-hop and Pop Music, since his release dropping well over 40 features and signing 'Ralo' to his label. His industriousness and charisma shine through brightly in his product. On the one year anniversary of his release, he presents to us a new piece to the Trap God Canon, DropTopWop. All beats are by Metro Boomin and it's executive produced by Wop & Metro.