ATL rapper Gucci Mane is officially a free man. He was released at midnight from an Atlanta County jail.
“Now that I am free, ironically I'm the most wanted man in Georgia. I'm hungry for success and ready to compete, so may the competition begin…”
The 1017 Brick Squad representative finished his six month sentence for parole violation this morning and was greeted by an onslaught of press and celebrity friends early this morning.
Gucci was prepared for the event and read an official statement to the crowd thanking his fans for their support.
Find out what he had to say after the jump...
With Shawty Lo and DJ Holiday by his side he addressed the crowd saying,
“Most importantly I wanna thank all of my fans for their support while I have been away…Unfortunately, my incarceration also came at a pivotal point in my career, just as my first major label album was dropping. I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. “
As previously reported Gucci made a pivotal move last week, firing his manager; the mother of Waka Flocka Flame Debrah Antney and severing ties with his booking agent Hitt Afta Hitt Enterprises' Johnnie Cabbell .
Moving past those relationships Gucci also confirmed that he would indeed launch his new record label 1017 Brick Squad Records and would be working on new music with Brick Squad super group consisting of O.J. Da Juiceman, Waka Flocka Flame and himself.
“I have launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records in affiliation with Asylum Warner Bros Records, and I'm working with a new team. Over the course of 2010 1017 Brick Squad Records will release an album from my artist Waka Flocka Flame as well as my group Brick Squad which features Waka, O.J. Da Juiceman and myself. In July we'll be heading out on a nationwide tour.”
Gucci also added that he wants to continue on the journey to become the #1 rapper in the game and plans to release his The Appeal album and embark on a national tour in July to do just that.
“The rap game is in need of substance right now and I'm here for the streets right on time. Now that I am free, ironically I'm the most wanted man in Georgia. I'm hungry for success and ready to compete, so may the competition begin. I set out five years ago to be the #1 rapper in Hip-Hop and today that journey continues with an even sharper focus. I challenge all artists to put out the best music they ever made this summer. I won't accept nothing less than victory but I still want worthy opponents.”