Gucci Mane, 'Writing on da Wall' (So Icey)

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Writing on the Wall
Critical Mass
Label: So Icey

by Chris Ryan

After emerging in 2005 with the novelty hit "Icy" (and then feuding with the song's cowriter, Young Jeezy), Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has become one of the South's most prolific and beloved MCs, known for outrageously boastful rhymes that constantly flip from sublime to surreal to silly. Writing on da Wall is his first mix tape after a prison stint for a parole violation, and on supremely confident tracks like "Gorgeous" and "Hurry," words tumble out in an intoxicating jumble ("Emergency...currency... ambulance...burglary"), over Fat Boi's hypnotic, chiming, keyboard-based production. It's an ego-trippin' lesson in language arts.

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