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On September 9, Gunna, a well-known figure in the music industry, staged a memorable performance at Barclays Center, located in the heart of Brooklyn. This marked the rapper’s first appearance on stage following his release from jail in December of 2022. Notably, during the performance, the rapper, known for his hit “fukumean,” made a rallying cry for the release of Young Thug, visually reinforcing his message with bold “Free Jeffery” graphics.
The Legal Complications
Jeffery Lamar Williams, better known by his stage name, Young Thug, found himself entangled in a legal web along with several others, including Gunna. In May of 2022, they were indicted on 56 counts as part of a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) case. Gunna faced charges of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act.
Gunna’s Release and Alford Plea
The legal proceedings took a turn when Gunna entered what is known as an Alford Plea, leading to his release. An Alford Plea is a unique plea wherein a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to secure a conviction. Gunna used this legal strategy to navigate his release.
In a statement provided to Complex, Gunna expressed, “I have chosen to end my own RICO case with an Alford plea and end my personal ordeal by publicly acknowledging my association with YSL.” He further elaborated on the nature of an Alford plea in his case, highlighting that it referred to the entry of a guilty plea to one charge, which was in his best interest, while simultaneously maintaining his innocence towards the same charge. Gunna also used his statement to affirm his continued association with YSL music and express his intentions to use his experience to educate the youth about the destructive path of “gangs” and violence.
While Gunna’s performance made headlines, his advocacy for Young Thug‘s release made a significant impact. It remains to be seen whether his legal strategies and public support will have any influence on Young Thug’s legal predicament. In the meantime, fans eagerly await Gunna’s next performance and future releases.
Gunna, the Atlanta-based rap sensation, continues to captivate audiences with his unique style and unwavering authenticity. On August 2, Gunna dropped a visually captivating music video for his track “rodeo dr,” the latest addition to his project ‘a Gift & a Curse.’
Produced by Angelo Ferraro and Flo, “rodeo dr” showcases Gunna’s signature flair for combining his wealth, fashion sense, and lyrical prowess. The track serves as a powerful response to critics who have questioned some of his past decisions, allowing Gunna to assert his self-assuredness and artistic vision.
The accompanying music video for “rodeo dr” is a cinematic masterpiece directed by Spike Jordan. The visual transports viewers to the streets of Los Angeles, where Gunna confidently struts through various locations. The energy is palpable as a mob of fans gather to witness Gunna’s presence, highlighting his magnetic connection with his audience.
A particularly remarkable segment within the video pays tribute to a pivotal juncture in pop culture history: Gunna appears to ingeniously reenact O.J. Simpson’s notorious freeway journey in a white Ford Bronco. This homage to the iconic incident skillfully melds a sense of nostalgia with modern artistic expression, effortlessly interwoven into Gunna’s storytelling.
Throughout the video, Gunna’s long-time collaborator Turbo makes a memorable cameo appearance, adding another layer of camaraderie and artistic synergy to the visual experience.
“rodeo dr” is a testament to Gunna’s artistry, showcasing not just his ability to resonate with fans, but also his growth as an artist. Featured within his expansive project ‘a Gift & a Curse,’ the track is a true embodiment of Gunna’s multifaceted approach to music, seamlessly blending his signature sound with his unapologetic attitude.
Gunna’s impact on the hip-hop scene continues to grow, and “rodeo dr” exemplifies his commitment to pushing artistic boundaries and delivering music that leaves a lasting impression. With its stylish visuals and undeniable energy, the music video for “rodeo dr” is a testament to Gunna’s status as a trendsetter in the rap world.
As Gunna’s project ‘a Gift & a Curse’ continues to unfold, fans can anticipate more thought-provoking tracks and captivating visuals that showcase Gunna’s evolution as an artist and storyteller.
There have been many visuals released by Gunna, and this video is one more from his latest project, A Gift & A Curse. We are pleased to announce that fans can now check out the new visual for “alright,” CuBeatz, a Fresh Ayr, and Jojo Kelete-backed offering that finds the Atlanta rapper keeping positive even though he is currently facing difficulties.
According to the accompanying video for the song “alright,” Gunna performs the track by himself, keeping with his recent video style of performing songs on his own. The song ends with him showing support to his friend and partner Young Thug, who is still behind bars, with the simple message: “Free Jeffery.”
The first instalment of the Gifts & Curses album was released on Friday (16th June) with 15 tracks and no features. In addition to those individuals already mentioned, Mario Petersen, Omar Grand, Cam Griffin, Pooh Beatz, Turbo, Nils, in addition to many others, contributed to the creation of this album.
Hits Daily Double estimates that the debut album of a Gift & a Curse will sell around 78,000 album-equivalent units within the first week of its release. According to the forecast, if the prediction is accurate, then the YSL talent will place at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the wake of Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time. Gunna previous full-length album, DS4EVER, was the first of his albums to have a No. 1 on the first-week charts on that chart, making it his second No. 1 album overall in the space of four years.
As of today (June 16), Gunna released his fourth studio album, a Gift & Curse, which consists of fifteen songs including zero features and with production coming from artists including CuBeatz, 88Krazy, Fresh Ayr, EVRGRN, Ghetto Guitar, Mario Petersen, Omar Grand, Swiff D, LNK, Pooh Beatz, and more. Various producers, such as Turbo, Omar Grand, and Cam Griffin, contributed to the production of the surprise album, which came with a single titled “bread & butter,” which was a response to those who have ostracized him since Gunna was released from prison to great acclaim.
There is no doubt that the new album a Gift & a Curse is a great follow up to 2022’s DS4EVER. It featured 20 songs and collaborations with Future, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Chris Brown, Drake, Chlöe, Lil Baby, G Herbo, Kodak Black, Roddy Ricch, and more. In the first week following the release of the project, it rocketed to the top of the charts with an estimated 150,000 equivalent album units sold. In the years since then, Gunna has liberated various loose singles with the release of “Banking On Me” and contributed to a multitude of songs from other artists, including Pharrell Williams “Functional Addict,” Cordae “Today,” Lil Durk “What Happened To Virgil,” DJ Khaled “FAM GOOD, WE GOOD,” Pooh Shiesty “Certified,” and Metro Boomin “All The Money.”
This month, Young Thug and his Young Stoner Life collective decided to release the second installment of their Slime Language series, featuring 23 tracks and many appearances from Travis Scott, Drake, Rowdy Rebel, Lil Uzi Vert, Coi Leray, Big Sean, Skepta, Future, Yung Bleu, Kid Cudi, Meek Mill, and loads more. Now, he is back with a deluxe edition of Slime Language 2 that has emerged with eight more tracks and collabs with none other than Don Toliver, DaBaby, NAV, and Jim Jones, among others. It is safe to state that the project is quite successful already, as it ended up at the top of the Billboard 200 as 113,000 album equivalent units were sold within the first week of its release.
In order to ensure that the momentum goes on, Thugger & Co. also released a brand new video from the project for Thug, Gunna, YTB Trench, and Lil Baby’s “Paid The Fine,” which was produced by Sean Momberger and Wheezy, which elaborates upon the hard work and dedication that went into attaining success.
The video was directed by DrewFilmedIt, and starts off with recent footage of Young Thug and Gunna paying off bonds for 30 low-level offenders at Fulton County Jail. The narrative goes on in the clip as families can b reuniting and celebrating together, which can be attributed to the Atlanta collaborators’ goodwill. The video also shows people like Bankroll Freddie.
Check out YSL and Lil Baby’s “Paid The Fine” video below.