Gucci Mane explains how incarceration changed his life

guccimaneespnhishersinterviewGucci Mane has only been out of the bin for six months, but the lessons he’s learned while locked up will last a lifetime.

As a guest on ESPN’s His & Hers, Gucci explained his new found sobriety came about due to the time he had on his hands while in prison.

“It just gave me the time to sit back and just look at all the mistakes and all the things that I knew that I did wrong and what I needed to correct to ensure that I don’t come back into this prison,” said Gucci.

“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 clear mind. I know my weaknesses and being sober is just like a big strength for me.”

Reaching a state of sobriety is a very admirable achievement but when you’re a rapper, rolling through hip-hop circles can be tough due to the abundance of substances within the culture. For Gucci however, he understands giving in to temptation isn’t worth it since his sobriety can now be another feather in his cap.

“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’,” said Guwop.

“I take pride in it. I like the response, it definitely surprises people and kind of throws them off but I don’t want to be predictable, I don’t want to do what everybody else do. I’m doing this for me and at the same time…I hope people follow my example.”

Sobriety wasn’t the only thing he learned during his prison stint. With the recent U.S. Presidential election, Gucci spoke to students about the importance of voting, a right he lost once he was sentenced.

“I look forward to getting my chance to vote so I felt like for all the people that can vote right now, we need to let them know that they’re our future,” said the Atlanta rapper. “They got to think about their future, so I wanted to let them know that I wanted them to vote; I couldn’t do it so do it for me.”

The full interview with Gucci isn’t very long, but in addition to his incarceration, he also discusses football, the influx of collab requests he’s received, and what it feels like to make the Billboard Hot 100 list. Watch that below.