Following his release from prison, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has spoken highly on his decision to become sober.

During an appearance on ESPN’s “His & Hers,” Gucci explained that what led him on his unwavering road to sobriety was the decision to not ever return to prison. He added that sobriety has gifted him with a clearer mind and boosted confidence.

“To ensure that I don’t come back into this prison I’m just gonna be totally sober,” Gucci Mane said of his thought process. “I don’t have any time to make any more mistakes. I want to jump every hurdle that’s in front of me. And it takes me to have a clearer mind. I know my weaknesses. And being sober, it’s like a big strength for me … It’s easy to me. It’s an extravagant lifestyle I live. And to me it’s kinda being even more cocky. I love to tell somebody ‘Hey listen, I don’t do drugs. I’m sorry baby, but I don’t want anything to drink. I’ll take a water.’… I’m proud of doing it. I like doing it. I hope people follow my example.”

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Thanks to his guest appearance on Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” Gucci was blessed with the highest-charting song he’s ever appeared on. The feat was accomplished when the Mike WiLL Made It-produced record broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“When I got the track I knew it was a hit,” Gucci said when asked if he thought “Black Beatles” would be a success. “And I felt like it was a banger, but you never know how far things are gonna go. And every time I go in the studio, I guess I’m aiming for the fences. I’m trying to take everyone to number one. But I knew that it was a great song.”

The Trap King is preparing the release of his third post-prison album, The Return of East Atlanta Santa, due out December 16.

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Video of Gucci Mane speaking on sobriety and Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” is below.