Gucci Mane | Mr. Davis

Gucci Mane | Mr. Davis

“The industry’s fingerprints are all over the record, from its guest roster of A-listers like Nicki Minaj and A$AP Rocky to its perfectionist mastering job and that telltale sign of label interference, a delayed release date. Atlantic’s sudden interest in the veteran rapper is bittersweet, since Gucci’s usually at his best when he’s left to his own devices, and the album inevitably succumbs to a few test-marketed misfires—particularly “Curve,” a miserabilist Weeknd feature, and “We Ride,” a hollow victory anthem built entirely from circa-2011 radio tropes. The considerable upshot, though, is that there’s a level of quality control here that’s rare for any Gucci Mane project. Mr. Davis is his most consistent and accessible release in years, and a prime showcase for his renewed charisma.”

Evan Rytlewski

Pitchfork

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