Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, OJ da Juiceman | Congress Theater | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, OJ da Juiceman Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Aug. 1 2009

When Gucci Mane appeared on the mainstream hip-hop scene in 2007 with his Rick James-referencing single “Freaky Gurl,” there didn’t seem to be much setting him apart from any other Atlanta rapper—maybe just the hint of sinus congestion in his voice. But over the past year or so he’s turned into a rap monster, releasing so many mix tapes and random tracks and making so many cameos that a collection of the top 30 Gucci Mane songs of 2008 compiled by the blog We Eat So Many Shrimp only scratched the surface of his output. He’s more than a little like Lil Wayne these days, not just in his insane prolificacy but in his tendency to put an extremely berserk spin on any subject he touches, even if it’s something as played-out as trap-house rhymes (“I count a hundred grand / Then I ate some cereal / Stuff a half a brickie in a box of Cheerios”). And unlike the many talentless MCs aping Weezy’s hustle and flooding the Internet with garbage, Gucci makes songs that not only stand up to but basically demand repeat listenings. Nicki Minaj and OJ da Juiceman open. —Miles Raymer

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