Gucci Mane - The "Trap House" Album Series Aug 26, 2015 15:52:17 GMT -5
Post by StevePulaski on Aug 26, 2015 15:52:17 GMT -5
Trap House (2005)
By: Gucci Mane
By: Gucci Mane
Whether you are talking about hardcore gangsta rap, methodical g-funk, trap music, or drill, the name of the rap game and its many subgenres is and always will be authenticity and credibility. People expect rappers, mainstream or underground, to be rapping about their struggles as individuals and their experiences as people. This is precisely why exaggerated criminal records, ghost writers, and humble beginning stories are so vital to the genre; consumers love hearing people rap about their struggles and, for rap in particular, beat a crooked, racist system to make something of themselves.
Gucci Mane, one of rap's most decorated (and incarcerated) figures, proved his authenticity just weeks before his debut album Trap House was released in stores. To begin with, there was the longheld beef between Gucci and rapper Young Jeezy about Gucci's refusal to let Jeezy use their collaborative song "Icy" on Jeezy's album, resulting in alleged attempts on Gucci's life by Jeezy's posse, and, following that, Gucci's incarceration on murder charges and present day incarceration for possession of firearm by a convicted felon (with a release date set for early 2017). Gucci is authentic in his experiences and his actions, right down to the title of his debut album, reflecting hefty dope deals and involvement in the drug game in order to make himself a rich and respected man who demanded authority.
Gucci asserts himself on Trap House right from the titular track, which kicks off the album following the intro. It's a quickly paced song that any trap music fan should feel obligated to hear. Dating all the way back to 2005, this was the original breed of trap music that kickstarted all the glamorized sloganeering of "whipping," "cooking with pots," and getting rich off of dope deals. All of this glamorization comes through in "Trap House" and bleeds into the next track "That's All," two terrific, anthemic tracks that have Gucci proving he's not just another dope dealer with access to a microphone.
However, Gucci is a witty guy and Trap House is loaded with zingers and goofy one-liners that provide him with the kind of charisma that would later be branded his trademark. At one point on the album, Gucci claims he, himself, is the best thing since cooked up crack, and, on "Trap House," rides the beat with a perfectly executed metaphor - "Money longer than Shaq's feet, running dope like a sprinter at a track meet." Furthermore, while trap is usually bent on repetition in production and lyricism, Gucci seems to have a sixth sense when a certain line or phrase becomes too repetitive for its own good. That means it's time to switch up and change flows or ideas, which Gucci always does in the nick of time.
Other songs like "Icy," the most Billboard friendly track on this album, works largely in part because of Young Jeezy's autotune-soaked chorus, very reminiscent of the kind of features T-Pain became famous for from 2006 to 2009. Though the topics remain largely the same, Gucci handles subject matters quite well, especially on track like "Lawnmower Man" ("I'm the lawnmower man and you're ass is grass") and "Go Head," both your average club bangers that know what they have to do to satisfy and do so very well.
Trap House is a winning debut for a rapper who really kicked off a genre that would later be dominated by a younger breed of artists in Chicago and New York. Gucci is sure to take note of his progress in such a short time on "That's My Hood," a song dedicated to talking about where he was at at different points in his life, from dropping out of school to making well over $100,000 in dope dealing. Who would've thought it all started from a trap house?
Recommended tracks (in order): "Trap House," "Icy," "That's All," "That's My Hood," "Two Thangs," and "Go Head."