Gucci Mane opens up about his 1017 artists and their legal troubles

Gucci Mane provides insight into the legal challenges faced by his 1017 artists
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The renowned hip-hop artist opens up about the legal troubles surrounding his record label's talent

Gucci Mane, the iconic Atlanta-based rapper and founder of 1017 Global Music, has been in the spotlight for both his music and the legal challenges faced by artists signed to his label. In a candid interview on his wife’s podcast, All Things Keyshia Ka’oir, Gucci Mane addressed the burning question: Why do so many of his 1017 artists end up behind bars? Let’s dive into the details and explore the reasons behind this ongoing issue.

The curse of 1017 Artists

Several artists from Gucci Mane’s 1017 Global Music label have found themselves serving time in prison, facing charges ranging from first-degree murder to drug-related offenses. The label has seen its fair share of legal troubles, leaving fans and critics wondering if there’s a curse associated with being part of the 1017 roster.

Gucci Mane’s Personal Connection

Gucci Mane himself has a history of run-ins with the law. He openly admits that he was once one of those types of artists who frequently went back and forth to jail. However, he also emphasizes that he tries to help the artists he signs, especially those he sees similarities with.

"I see a lot of myself in them, he explains. If I’m not helping them, who else is going to help them? Nobody says that part of the story."

The artists’ stories

The artists Gucci Mane signs often come from backgrounds of poverty and struggle. They didn’t have a ready-made success story; instead, they faced adversity and challenges. Gucci Mane believes that he can relate to their experiences, having overcome similar obstacles in his own life. He wants to be there for them during their tough times, supporting them through their legal battles and personal bumps in the road.

Legal troubles within the 1017 roster

Let’s take a closer look at some of the 1017 artists and their legal issues:

  • Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano: Both artists are currently serving five-year sentences. Pooh Shiesty faced a firearm conspiracy case, while Foogiano violated his bond conditions related to a firearm possession charge.
  • Hoodrich Pablo Juan: Serving five years for a RICO case.
  • Ralo: After six years in prison on drug conspiracy charges, Ralo was recently released1.
  • Yung Mal: Behind bars for murder.
  • Hotboy Wes: Arrested on a robbery charge in 2022.
  • Mac Critter: Arrested in 2023 on first-degree murder charges.
  • Big Scarr: Tragically passed away from a drug overdose in December 2022 at just 22 years old.

Gucci Mane’s commitment to his artists is evident, even when faced with legal challenges. While the 1017 label has seen its share of hardships, it remains a platform for artists to share their stories and find support within a community that understands their struggles. As Gucci Mane continues to navigate the music industry, he remains dedicated to helping those who remind him of his own journey from poverty to success.