Wop, Right on Time, Bling Blaww Burr, Icy Lil Bitch, Love Her Body, Hi-Five, Out the Zoo and Addicted –, Gucci Mane keeps doing it what he does best: composing the good old and traditional gangsta rap style of poetry, about tough street life, drugs, and everything money can buy, and musicalize it, giving it the best rap melodies we can think of. Already having established himself as an elite Hip Hop artist of the alternative scene, with so many releases, Gucci Mane can’t avoid but releasing albums that sound peculiar to his particular style of Hip Hop. So, evidently, Woptober is a “same old, same old” type of album, or “more from the same”, if you wish. Nonetheless, it is a very good, awesome, astounding, amazing and incredible same old, same old.
With energy, attitude and an astounding love for Hip Hop, that moves him to perform, write songs tirelessly, and consolidate partnerships all the time, Gucci Mane probably is the most relevant rapper active in the world today – or, at least, in the US, if you disagree –, and, as it can be expected, Woptober analyzes, assigns and confirms the veracity of this conclusion. Very familiar with the subjects he describes in his songs – although I should point it out that I strongly object to several things of the rap lifestyle, especially as described in songs of the genre in general, and Gucci Mane, in this particular case – the rapper’s impressive talent easily allies a good lyric with the right beat, and this apparently comes so effortlessly to him, that you can be fooled into thinking that doing rap is easy.
With talent, a cool voice, a peculiar style of singing, true to the style lyrics, good videos and straightforward melodies, Gucci Mane certainly is one of the most amazing and talented contemporaneous rappers, and this becomes evident especially when you listen to a lot of his records, and realizes that he seems virtually incapable of doing a bad album.
Extremely rooted to a genuine, rhythmic and vicious style of rapping, Gucci Mane certainly has solidified an exceedingly personal musical identity, highlighted by the fact that his creatively skilled and endless imagination is always eager – and seems always able to – explore the never ending possibilities allowed in the genre, which he does very well, with the ability of a great, glowing and virtuous self-reliant master, graduated by a vigorous amount of talent, strength, audacity and experience.
As inevitable as it could be, evidently, Woptober turns out to be an excellent, amazing and solid rap album! Although highly recommendable for all enthusiasts of the genre worldwide, it will be particularly delightful especially for the ones who are specifically Gucci Mane fans, people already familiar with his style, that certainly can be considered very peculiar, specially if you dare to compare him to other rappers, which would be – at least to his more ardent loyalists – regarded as heresy. Nonetheless, here’s what it is: Gucci Mane is Gucci Mane, and Woptober is Woptober. Another great gift from Gucci Mane to his always loyal fan base. Another majestic and compounding Hip Hop album, with the potential to make history. And look at this cover: Gucci Mane’s bust sculpted in the style of a roman emperor! Makes it quite obvious that it is, indeed, a masterpiece!