Gucci Mane Signed Young Thug Without Hearing Any Of His Music
In a new interview with XXL, Gucci reveals an interesting detail about the signing: He had never even heard any of Thugger’s music when he made the offer.
When Pewee [Longway] got to the studio, Peewee brought Thug and two other guys… Peewee is like ‘Gucci listen, they hard, they’re the ones who got me to start rapping, sign them!’ I had a bag with some money and got $25,000 out and I signed Thug right there. Never even heard a song from him … I value Peewee’s opinion so much … From that day on, Thug didn’t leave the studio, he spent the night there. He’d have 30 people in the studio, but he’d never leave.”
“I didn’t really know what I had with Thug, I was just taking a chance,” Gucci explained. “A week later I was like ‘oh, he’s a star.’ Once we did [a] video, and I seen Thug doing the video, I’m like ‘he a star, he outta here,’ and I started putting more focus on him.”
Do you think Thug — who’s moved on to 300 Entertainment — would be where he is if Gucci didn’t take that unusual chance?