Gucci Mane Says Jail Changed Him

After a six month stint in Fulton County Jail and a top 5 album  on the Billboard Top 200, Gucci Mane reflected on how his latest bid affected him.

"I changed a lot in there," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I know this is serious now and I have a lot to get off my chest. This record is painful and gothic and epic, but it's the soundtrack of my past."

The Georgia-bred rapper was sentenced to a year after violating his probation, which he received after a 2005 assault charge. It was not his first jail stint, but it was his first since becoming so successful. "It's strange to go from being locked up to a month later everyone saying, 'Gucci, let's party!' " he said. "But I lost so much in there that I came out with a much sharper focus."

Gucci, real name Radric Davis, also sees the bigger picture, "(Prison) is a real problem in hip-hop – it's a struggle to let that culture go. You can't let the ideology of the street get you in trouble. I just wish I didn't have to go to jail to learn that. But sometimes we have to sacrifice and be responsible."