Interview: Gucci Mane Talks "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," Ice Cream Tattoo, and Album With Waka Flocka Flame

Interview: Gucci Mane Talks "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," Ice Cream Tattoo, and Album With Waka Flocka Flame
Complex: Well, in one interview with VIBE they asked Waka what his relationship with you and he said, ‘We have no relationship.’ Then a little while later it seemed like you guys were cool again.
Gucci Mane: There was a period of time I wasn’t speaking to him. But it wasn’t no bad thing about that. We just wasn’t talking at the time.

Complex: I see. But you guys are talking now right? There’s talks about you guys making an album together.
Gucci Mane: Yeah, it’s already recorded. It’s completely done. [It’s called The Ferrari Boys.] You can expect it in the spring sometime. It’s got like 17 tracks. You got production from Drumma Boy, Southside, J. Cole, Shawty Redd. We got collaborations from Rocko, Tity Boi, and OJ Da Juiceman, and everybody in the Brick Squad camp. We just wrapped that up last week. So after I recorded The Return of Mr. Zone 6, me and Waka went to the Beatmakerz studio to record the whole album in Atlanta.

Complex: And what is the vibe for you guys when you get into the studio together?
Gucci Mane: I feel it’s just a lot of energy. We come in and depending on who’s starting the song off, Waka may have an idea before he gets there or he might have one potentially after he hears the music. Or the producer might come in and bring an idea to us. So, we’re just open to any type of way to make a hit record. We usually try to make two or three songs in a session to feel like we got our money’s worth. It’s quick, but at the same time it’s thought-out.

Complex: Why do that album now?
Gucci Mane: I don’t know. [Laughs.] We feeling each other right now. I’m feeling his swag. He’s feeling mine. I’m feeling his music right now and he’s feeling my music right now so we just came together and said let’s combine. We’ve been talking about putting this album out for the last two years. Since we formed Brick Squad, we been saying we’re gonna come out with a group album. So the perfect time is now. We’re gonna come out with our group album and then we’ll come back out with our solo albums.

Complex: What other kinds of ambitions are you aspiring to in the future?
Gucci Mane: In April we’re shooting our first movie to put it out in the summer. We’re working on getting the script written up so we don’t have the title just yet. We got Mr. BoomTown who shots all my videos and it’s starring me and Waka. I would say we definitely have to pay homage to Cash Money and No Limit because that’s definitely where we got the blueprint from.

Complex: Okay. So what do you want fans to take away from The Return of Mr. Zone 6?
Gucci Mane: I just want fans to get something to ride to for the summer. Something to be entertained by and something to feel good about. Something to play in their cars. I went to a radio station the other day and we played a bunch of songs off of the album and we got great feedback. I really do hope people go out and personally listen to Zone Six and get something out of it.


Complex: Is Waka's mother, Debra Mizay, still your manager?
Gucci Mane: At one time, Mizay was my manager. I manage myself right now.

Complex: Why did you stop rolling with Mizay?
Gucci Mane: Because I wanted to manage myself.

Complex: What kind of challenges does being an artist/manager entail?
Gucci Mane: It’s fun and it’s more profitable. I want in the future to manage other people's careers, but I feel like if I show people how good I’m doing with myself, then it’ll bring people to want me to manage them as well.

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