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There are very few years where we’re starved of Gucci Mane material but he’s been feeding the fans particularly well this year. Woptober II is his second record of the year, following on from Delusions Of Grandeur but that’s only half the story. He’s also featured on some of the biggest hip-hop projects of the year from Solange’s When I Get Home to DaBaby’s KIRK.
So we don’t forget all the work he’s been putting in this year, we decided to celebrate the release of Woptober II with a walk through some of his golden moments of 2019.
Lizzo - Exactly How I Feel
Lizzo’s third album Cuz I Love You has barely left the Top 10 this year and while there are some super strong singles on there, this Gucci-featuring track is a highlight. “My heart ain't got no feelings / My cars ain't got no ceiling,” Gucci raps over the funk-infused Mike Sabath beat.
Solange - My Skin My Logo
Gucci’s most boundary-pushing contribution of the year was on Solange’s woozy, loose-fitting My Skin My Logo. The When I Get Home favourite essentially had Solange and Gucci flexing on behalf of each other.
DJ Snake - Enzo
In another show of versatility, Gucci joined a rap masterclass on Enzo surrounded by Sheck Wes, Offset and 21 Savage. Despite the competitive talent pool, Gucci shone with a charismatic, ad-lib filled verse at the tail-end of the song.
Chance The Rapper - Big Fish
In the first of two Chance The Rapper collaborations for the year, Gucci jumped on board one of The Big Day’s most straight-up rap moments. Over a dark, key-led beat, Gucci delivered an inspiring verse, finishing it on a classic line - “All white tux on, brought the church to the streets.”
DaBaby - Gospel
Let’s be honest, DaBaby doesn’t really need features right now, he’s on such a hot streak. If you’re going to have them, however, he better make them good and that’s exactly the kind of quality Gucci brings to the table on KIRK highlight Gospel. After two racing verses from DaBaby and Chance, Gucci slows it down a tad with a measured flex.
Offset - Quarter Milli
Offset and Gucci Mane are no strangers to collaboration so it’s somewhat unsurprising that Quarter Milli was one of the best moments of Father Of 4. Loaded with a typically icy Metro Boomin beat, the pair showed off their chemistry, swapping ad-libs.
ILOVEMAKONNEN - Spendin
ILOVEMAKONNEN said it was always a “goal” to work with Gucci Mane and he got to tick it off with Spendin. Gucci took the opportunity to add to the triumphant track with a verse about how much it takes to get a verse from him. If you were wondering, it’ll cost you your house. Worth it, we think.
Richer Than Errybody (Feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & DaBaby)
Gucci’s first post-Delusions Of Grandeur single was a hard-hitting cut that recruited YoungBoy Never Broke Again and DaBaby. The pair are two of the best in the new crop and, at times here, it feels like they’re paying tribute to Gucci’s flow.
Big Booty (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
It seems that Gucci is making a concerted effort to work with the rap’s freshest names and a Megan Thee Stallion collab was always going to be a must. Megan and DaBaby are having landmark years and a Gucci feature only makes 2019 better for them. Producer J White Did It had a big 2018, producing hits for Cardi B and 21 Savage and now he may have another one on his hand with the playful Big Booty. It’s a 2-minute slice of cheek that may be one of Gucci’s lightest tracks ever.
Tootsies (Feat. Lil Baby)
Lil Baby and Gucci have proved their chemistry on several occasions in the past so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Gucci goes melodic on this one, slowing it down to go toe-to-toe with Baby’s flow. The result is one of his slipperiest, most accessible cuts of the year.
Ice (Feat. Gunna & Lil Baby)
Gunna and Lil Baby are such a formidable duo that it’s often hard to come in between them but Gucci leads the pack effortlessly on Ice. Touching on wealth and deportation simultaneously, Gucci delivers a typically non-traditional flex.
Potential (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Young Dolph)
We’ve been starved of new Uzi solo work this year so we’ve had to feed off his features. Delusions Of Grandeur was full of big-name features but none of them topped Uzi’s addition. Gucci killed the hook over the heavy Ricky Racks beat before Uzi steamed through with one of his most confident verses of the year.
Love Thru The Computer (Feat. Justin Bieber)
Gucci proved on last year’s Wake Up In The Sky that he could get soulful and he doubled down on that with Love Thru The Computer. Nabbing a rare Justin Bieber hook, he book-ended the smooth hook with perky bars that include how he first came across his wife Keshia Ka'Oir in an XXL magazine.
Came From Scratch (Feat. Quavo)
This is one of the first tracks that stands out on Woptober II. Over a Tay Keith beat, Gucci and Quavo show off their chemistry, swapping ad-libs and bars with ease. Quavo featured twice on last year’s Evil Genius so this is walked terrain.
Buck The System (Feat. Kevin Gates)
Like Quavo, Kevin Gates also featured on Evil Genius and he’s back on Woptober II for a woozy, elongating track. The beat moves slower than any other on the record but Gates comes through with a furious, immediate verse.