As per his release from prison, Gucci Mane has gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so; he’s a prolific rapper, a powerful hip hop figure, and an incredibly interesting character. Gucci is featured on XXL’s cover this Fall, and in the interview (which was put on film, thank the Lord) he revealed an interesting story – not about himself, but his cover buddy, Young Thug.
Back before Young Thug was truly Young Thug, he was messing around in the booth with Peewee Longway, but it didn’t seem like it was that serious. Peewee and Thugger started to build a relationship, and Peewee eventually met Gucci, opening more doors for his career.
Turns out, he also opened doors for Thug’s career, as he had a huge part in getting Young Thug signed to Gucci’s 1017 label. When Peewee and Gucci met up one night in the studio to record, Young Thug and a couple other rappers tagged along, but they were likely thinking they’d just chill in the stu’ while the big men do their work.
Well, they were wrong, as Peewee truly kept it 100 by recommending Young Thug to Gucci Mane, telling him he should sign the unique, youthful rapper. As one does, Gucci promptly reached into a bag full of cash, took out $25,000, and gave it to Thugger as a signing bonus.
Mind you, Young Thug hadn’t even stepped into the booth yet. As a matter of fact, Gucci had no idea who Young Thug even was; apparently Peewee’s opinion carries a ton of weight around Gucci Mane, so much so that he’ll sign you without even listening to a single second of any song you’ve recorded.
Was he going with his gut, or was it all Peewee’s word?
Doesn’t really matter, because he was 100% right.