It’s safe to say Gucci Mane is a changed man.
Over the last few years, the “Backwards” rapper worked on transforming himself physically and mentally, and his supporters couldn’t be more proud. Monday, Sept. 30, he took to Instagram and shared a throwback video of himself before his recent life metamorphosis.
The clip showed a former overweight and gold-toothed Gucci, blowing marijuana smoke on his gold chain with a large, person-shaped pendant. He captioned the video “Hello 🌎 🤦🏿♂️💨” and received more than a million views on it.
Fans who’ve been following Gucci’s career since 2005 fawned over his entire physical transformation, including his new beard, seemingly new hairline and new and improved body. They also commended him for apparently no longer engaging in smoking activities.
“Gucci was fryed 😂😭 u was the most hated before u went to prison but now they riding yo wave 💪🏾💰🔥 my mans done came up.”
“Change for the better….. don’t ever go back to this…”
“💀 This the geeked Gucci mane #ray you was hell @laflare1017 back then my boi done glowed up now”
“This is scary aye i’m proud of your glow up man 💪🏾 best rapper alive”
After serving almost three years in prison for a 2013 firearms charge, “Wop” came out 50 pounds lighter than he went in. His hair and beard had grown out, seemingly adding another change to his looks. He also decided to eliminate alcohol and drugs from his life.
“In a way I feel like I grew,” he told GQ magazine in September 2018. ” I kind of morphed into a different person. Shed some of my old ways. I can say I grew up. I love the person I was, I love the person I am, and I love the person I grew to be. I tried to lose weight, I tried to take care of myself, change my thinking, my environment and associates — the ones that wasn’t benefiting me. I guess that’s the transformation everybody’s saying they can’t believe. But I can believe it.”
He added that not everybody was happy with his lifestyle change, saying, “Sometimes people kind of want you to fail. They wanna see you fall. I get it. People love to see tragedy.”