Mr. Davis

Mr. Davis

by Gucci Mane

CD

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Overview

In the year and a half after being released from a life-changing prison sentence, prolific Atlanta trap king Gucci Mane issued nine efforts, capping off 2017 with his 11th studio album, Mr. Davis. At this stage in his game, it was safe to say that the new Gucci era hit its stride, and on Mr. Davis, Guwop finally assembled the best statement to represent his new mindset and outlook on life. While works like Everybody Looking and Woptober were competent and enjoyable trap exercises, they were yet more of the same, two more albums that were mostly interchangeable with The Return of the East Atlanta Santa and Drop Top Wop. Which is why Mr. Davis stands out as perhaps his best post-prison effort: the songs pop, the production is memorable, and the guests weave effortlessly into their respective tracks without detracting from Gucci's signature delivery. Featuring production by frequent collaborators like Zaytoven, Metro Boomin, and Southside, Mr. Davis is home to catchy beats and hypnotic atmosphere, like on the crackling "Back On" and the woozy "Members Only." The ominous, Migos-featuring Metro/Southside collaboration "I Get the Bag" glides through a cavernous hollow, while Mike WiLL Made-It weaves a twisted, oddly Björk-like beat that allows Slim Jxmmi, Young Dolph, and Gucci to go toe to toe on "Stunting Ain't Nuthin." Other guests provide further highlights, like Big Sean on the haunting "Changed"; ScHoolboy Q on a typically menacing "Lil Story"; and Nicki Minaj on a scorching "Make Love." A crop of R&B singers also appear to smooth out the rough rap edges. While the Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign provide reliable vocals, a surprise appearance by Monica on "We Ride" and a contribution by Rico Love on "Miss My Woe" elevate these tracks above the crowd and provide rewarding breaks to the steady stream of brags and sex-and-hustling rhymes. The best combination of rap bravado and vocal soul is on the tough Chris Brown collaboration, "Tone It Down," which delivers an addictive flute-sample earworm that begs for radio play. For all the accessible songs -- which make up the majority of Mr. Davis -- Gucci is sure to include a handful of blunt confessionals, like the brutally honest "Money Make Ya Handsome" and the vulnerable intro ("Work in Progress") and closer ("Made It"). These are triumphant moments for Gucci, whose efforts to turn his life around and live a healthier lifestyle are clearly sources of pride for the rapper. For all the big-bass boomers and required rap boasting, it's nice to hear some positivity and sincerity. As Gucci reflects on his life thus far, Mr. Davis is an appropriate way to commemorate his road to recovery with this testament to how far he's come. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678660795
catalogNumber: 561710
Rank: 21777

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gucci Mane   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eddie Hernandez   Engineer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer
Danja   Producer,Additional Production
Ben Diehl   Composer
Chad Jolley   Engineer
Zaytoven   Producer
Honorable C.N.O.T.E.   Producer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Radric Davis   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Hitmaka   Producer
Xavier Dotson   Composer
Chad Roper   Engineer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Floyd Bentley   Composer
Joshua "Southside" Luellen   Composer
Carlton Mays   Composer
Carl McCormick   Composer
Michael L. Williams   Composer,Producer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Southside   Producer
Key Wane   Producer
Tim Gomringer   Composer
Kevin Gomringer   Composer
Cubeatz   Producer
Dwane Weir   Composer
Abel Tesfaye   Composer
Virgilio Tzaj   Art Direction
TM88   Producer
Quincy Hanley   Composer
Rakim Mayers   Composer
Ben Billions   Producer
Metro Boomin   Composer,Producer
Christopher Dotson   Composer
Shane Lindstrom   Composer
Aaquil Brown   Composer
Cardiak   Producer
OG Parker   Producer
Murda Beatz   Producer
Joshua Parker   Composer
Myles Harris   Composer,Producer
Adolph Thornton   Composer
Navraj Goraya   Composer
NAV   Producer
Leonardo Underwood   Composer
Chris Bosh   Composer,Producer
Christian Ward   Composer
Bryan Simmons   Composer

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