Gucci Mane - I'm Up (Mixtape Review)

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Whatever criticisms fans may offer of Gucci Mane, the man works the mixtape scene hard.

Gucci Mane seems to rarely sleep, so the title of his latest mixtape, I’m Up, is an apt one. Spanning a massive 21 tracks, the project is sure to sate Gucci Mane fans waiting for the face-tatted rapper’s next studio release.

“Without Me” is a somber introduction, with a minor-key flavor punctuated by low-end bass courtesy of Zaytoven. The title track, aided by 2 Chainz, is your standard Gucci Mane fare, as is “Trap Boomin,” which gets the assist from Rick Ross. “Cyeah Cyeah” is easily one of the most interesting productions on the entire record, with Polow Da Don’s time spent with Timbaland on full display. An evolving beat with very full percussion and an eastern flavor lay the groundwork for Gucci, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown—who continues to make a bid to be taken seriously as an emcee—to work over. It’s a pleasant surprise on a mixtape where much of the production is homogenous. The same can be said of “Get Lost,” which has the Atlanta emcee and Birdman rhyming over something an industrial-sounding bass line, and “Plain Jane,” which plays with that aesthetic as well. When Gucci sounds so comfortable over more interesting production, it begs the question: why doesn’t he switch up beats more often?

What’s most impressive about I’m Up is the supporting cast. In addition to the aforementioned features, Jim Jones, Birdman, Jeremih, T.I., Fabolous, and 8 Ball are among the artists that add some diversity to the project. Sure, most of the time the artists are conforming to Gucci’s lane (see Big Sean on “Brought Out Them Racks”), but they bring with them unique personalities and presences. Even “Scarface” features the legendary southern emcee of the same name—quite the inclusion. No, the features don’t make Gucci step his rhyme game up, but they do make things significantly more interesting.

Whatever criticisms fans may offer of Gucci Mane, the man works the mixtape scene hard. A cursory look at Wikipedia reveals that I’m Up is Gucci’s 27th mixtape; not only that, but it’s the second of this year. Sure, it’s easier to have such prolific output when your subject matter is so narrow you could thread a needle with it, but Gucci delivers what the people want from him: a handful of hard-hitting beats, a few quotables, and some memorable guest spots. I’m Up has an adequate amount of those things to keep things interesting, so if that’s what you want, mosey on to that download link and go to town.

DX Consensus: "Just a Mixtape"

Listen to I'm Up by Gucci Mane

34 Comments

  • Brrrrr

    Tupac is the most overrated rapper ever. But anyway mixtape goes hard. Squad

  • brian

    fuck this retarded no talent having bitch.

  • SQUAD!!!

    MAN ALL YALL NIGGAS CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT BOUT GUCCI BUT HE A REAL NIGGA.... NO ONE CAN FUK WIT DIZ NIGGA IN THE CLUB HE GOT GOONS ON DECK...SEEN IT FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

  • KILLA BARZ1

    He actually goes in so y is there so much hate it's Gucci doin' well...Gucci, his style is nice hard & is usually listened to by go hard street ni@@as because that's what he is a real ni@@a; to those who don't even listen to Gucci y r u here? Cause hatin' just to hate is just sad.

  • Anonymous

    what a shitty review , you never mention anything about his lyrics because all his lyrics SUCKKKK , so next time rate this shit with 0

    • Anonymous

      yea yea but one thing i can say about gucci is that this nigga step his game from so icy i'm just say and one thing stop hatin on tha next my dude thats a bad look lmao

  • word...

    Three years ago, never thought any Gucci fans would be on DX

  • mdkeren2

    BELOW on every new video article and basically any new piece of content

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I like Nas, kweli and common etc. but Gucci plays his lane. If ur gonna be a club rapper, u better have hooks and A+ beats, and he usually does. Prob best music of all "trap" rappers

  • Curtis

    Gucci Is My Nigga He Go Hard A'F #BrickSquadAllDay

  • @trippythepilot

    This is his best tape since Writing On The Wall. He stepped his lyrical game up.. and No gucci does not need to switch up his beats. Production is top notch on here.. Kansas is the shit.

  • joey

    Gucci the fuckin man hes on the top of the mixtape game

  • Anonymous

    http://www.dominicross.net/2012/05/yung-son-da-prezident-hailing-from-okc.html

  • Anonymous

    This is just horrible. Gucci should just retire now because that nigga cant rap.

  • Anonymous

    decent tape but da nigga needs to switch up his beats, kinda monotonous...

  • ryan

    this is was better then trapback

  • HipHopSince88

    I'm Going To Put Gucci Mane In My Top 10 Dead Or Alive! Why You Ask? Because He Drops More Work Than Your Favorite Rapper Out There! I'll Go As Far As To Saying He's In The Lane With Tupac & Biggie Because They Have An Endless Amount of Songs Some of Which Have Never Been Released! Gucci Has Alot Released And Unreleased Tracks! People Are Gonna Say Why Is He Even Putting Gucci, Tupac, & Biggie In The Same Conversation? Because He's A Dedicated HipHop Artist! Dudes Been Out Since 2000 and He's Still Here In 2012! That's A Real Rapper! He's Not Retarted He Can Rap Better Than Most of These Rappers In The Game It's Just Media Never Gives Him Enough Credit!

    • gaingreen

      Quality over quantity!!!!! HE spits HOT GARBAGE. You are disrespecting the other GREAT MC's by mentioning his name in the line of Biggie and Tupac!!

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD JOKE. GUCCI SUCKS ASS. THAT NIGGA IRRELEVANT.

  • So Icy Boi!

    This is the worst what happened to hiphop after the birth of Lil Wayne

  • partyandbullshit

    please haters listen WRITINGS ON THE WALL and TRAP BACK (last mixtapes before I'M UP) from gucci and comment after ;););););)

  • Anonymous

    5 stars this mixtape goes hard dont rate without giving it a spin he just keeps making good music you cant deny that unless of course you like this pop rap trend gucci still spits for the streets!!!!

  • ughhhhhhh

    like watching a retarded kid play with his dick this shit aint rite

  • So Icy Boi!

    mixtape of da year. Gucci Mane is a hip hop legend, a hip hop icon. he wuz da best sellin rapper in 2009. swag

    • josh

      I know youre trolling, but... no, he wasn't. 2009 is the year Relapse and Blueprint 3 came out. Even ICP probably out sold Gucci Mane in 2009.

  • Anonymous

    just because of all these haters, i`ll give it five stars

  • Nah

    Gucci Mane, even by a fan standards, dropped the ball with this one.

  • Anonymous

    Gucci is pure garbage The dumb are mostly intrigued by the drum

  • Anonymous

    shit, I meant if you can't deal with gucci then you can climb back up your mother

  • Anonymous

    it's good. this is coming from someone who is a huge Krit fan. if you can deal with Gucci then go fuck yourself