Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Atlantic
2018 was a relatively quiet year for prolific rapper Gucci Mane, considering the flurry of output following the trap veteran's 2016 release from prison. With almost a year between releases, Gucci issued his 13th official full-length, Evil Genius. While there are few surprises to add to the Gucci equation -- fame, sex, hedonism, and a smidgen of inspirational positivity remain common themes -- Evil Genius is another satisfying batch of trap gems that should sate fans in search of comfort and familiarity.
HipHopDX's Hardest Working Rapper of 2017 had a noticeably quiet 2018 on the music front. After leaving prison in 2016, Gucci Mane released a batch of top-notch mixtapes and albums. Though the quality of the projects gradually dipped, they cemented his status. Evil Genius, the Atlanta veteran’s 13th studio album and first project of the year, suggests that a legend might be in decline.
Evil Genius might be the first album in Gucci Mane's enormous discography that he took his time on. It follows his last project, El Gato: The Human Glacier, by a full year, a gap that would hardly be worth mentioning for some artists but is unprecedented for Gucci, a rapper who spent three years in prison and still averaged about a mixtape a month. So Evil Genius answers a question that even the most diehard Gucci fans must have wondered by the third or fourth time he dropped a trilogy of mixtapes on the same day: What would he be capable of if he were a little more selective? After months of big talk from Gucci about his newfound high standards--"I'm trying to make this project one of my best projects ever," he told Billboard--is Evil Genius any better than the average Gucci Mane album? Not really.