Gucci Mane is no longer behind bars. After exiting the Fulton County Jail just after midnight, the rapper spoke to reporters on the scene, reading from a prepared statement.

He began by thanking his legal team and his fans and acknowledged mistakes he’s made. He added that he’s learned a lot in the process and that he hopes to make positive changes. 

“Unfortunately, my incarceration also came at a pivotal point in my career, just as my first major label album was dropping. I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community. I am looking towards the future with a newfound respect and appreciation for the law and a strong dedication to my music and my career. With that in mind, I have already begun to make positive strides towards the future. I have launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records in affiliation with Asylum/Warner Brothers Records, and I am working with a new team. I’m looking forward to get back to business.”

He went on to say that he’s already started making positive strides.

“I am looking forward to getting back to business and to start making hits. I am extremely excited about my new album, The Appeal, which will be dropping at the end of the summer. Over the course of 2010, 1017 Brick Squad records will also be releasing albums from my artist Wacka Flocka Flame as well as my group Brick Squad, which features Wacka, OJ Da Juiceman and myself. In July, I will be heading out on a nationwide tour, hitting venues across the country and continuing the movement.

He continued by saying “substance” is needed in “the Rap game” and that he’s ready to become the best rapper out, challenging others to release their best work this summer.

Gucci still has community service to take care of but his release came at a date much sooner than expected.