Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane seemed to take Chicago artist Chief Keef under his wings when he signed the teen emcee to his Brick Squad label last month, but according to Gucci, he hopes that Keef chooses to now follow his path and instead learns from his past mistakes.
As an artist who has found himself engulfed in controversy, the Brick Squad rapper seemed surprisingly reflective during a recent interview with Power 107.5 as he spoke on the regrets of his past before speaking to Keef and other young men who might look up to him.
“I take responsibility for some of that bad stigma that comes from me. A lot of the things I have done, I regret. And a lot of it [I warranted]. A lot of it, it be false claims,” Gucci revealed. “Media take it and make they own assumptions…A lot of things don’t have a lot of truth in them…My advice would be to him [Chief Keef], and any other young guy, is to learn from…try not to do the same thing that I did.”
A picture of Gucci Mane speaking to a group of school children, which went viral several months ago, left many wondering why the rapper was allowed to speak at an elementary school. While the rapper didn’t speak specifically on the visit during his radio interview, he did touch on the youth preferring to hear advice from someone who’s actually in the know as opposed to their teachers.
“I feel like I can tell my story to anyone who wanna hear it,” he said. “Kids don’t usually like listening to their teachers. They wanna hear from somebody they feel likes in the streets or in the know. Got to say something. That’s the only reason I speak…I try and tell ‘em some positive.”