Gucci Mane has inked a deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records via a pact with his own imprint, So Icey and production company Czar Entertainment. Mane’s first Asylum/Atlantic album is scheduled to drop this summer, with appearances by Pimp C, Nitty, Rich Boy, and R&B group Silk.
President of Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group, Todd Moscowitz, referred to the deal as a “great coup.” Said Moscowitz: “He’s one of the most charismatic and acclaimed rappers on the street, with an extraordinary life story and the authenticity and talent to back it up.”
Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman added that “Gucci has been writing poetry and stories since he was ten years old, and it shows in the creativity and depth of his music. He is a brilliant rapper and a fantastic character who is injecting real originality and humor into the hip-hop landscape.”
Gucci rose to stardom in 2005 with his hit song “Icy,” which featured Young Jeezy. He was later embroiled in a well-publicized beef with Jeezy over the song.
Mane may never have another hit as huge as “Icy,” but for now he’s keeping streets warm with some awesomely-titled buzz records like “Pills” and “Bird Flu.”