Free Music Download: Gucci Mane - "3 For Free"
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:40:45
A couple of weeks ago Gucci Mane, one of the most prolific artists in the rap game, dropped a free download. It was called "3 For Free" and it as a solid little grab-bag of tracks that followed in a sequence of projects that were issued since Mane's release from prison in May of 2016.
During 2016 the Atlanta rapper dropped no less than three full length projects and two EPs, and now he's come out swinging in 2017. This release finds Mane reuniting with trap pioneer Shawty Redd, a man who has frequented many previous projects, including his 2005 debut album Trap House.
There are a few exceptions, including Snoop Dogg's cheeky little track "Sexual Eruption" and some production work with Jeezy, but Shawty Redd has earned a reputation as being one of the finest purveyors of trap music. Here, he brings some sweet and dirty awareness of the direction that Mane demands we follow in.
Chemistry between Mane and Shawty Redd informs all the elements of this small collection. "Ever" — the opening track — lands like the first punch of a title bout that leaves an opponent on his feet, but dazed and wondering what hit him, and in awe of what may be about to happen. This is heavy, heavy stuff. No one cares if this hits the radio or not — it's a treasure to be shared by the initiated, and damn those that don't know process. "It's 2017!" shouts Mane — and with the announcement he asserts a responsibility for you to accept — you need to own whatever comes next. It's solid, and Shawty's beats are S L O W, so every blow rolls and leaves no doubt about how things will progress.
3 For Free doesn't redefine Mane, nor does it bring anything particularly new from Shawty Redd, but what it does achieve is the offering of another release that adds to the gravity of both artists. This is what they do, they do it better than many of their peers, and they clearly enjoy the process of collaboration… the results are highly enjoyable. Not everything needs to change the world, but this mix will change your world for the duration of its spin, and respin… and it may just break your speakers if you play it as intended. It's great — add volume.
Click below for the download, and enjoy this video from back in July 2016 while you wait.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff