ATL Rapper Gucci Mane Inks Deal With Asylum/Atlantic

 Gucci Mane has signed a new deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records as part of an agreement involving his new label So Icey and Czar Entertainment.

Gucci Mane is slated to release his third album, the first on his new label, this summer. The project will include appearances from Pimp C, Rich Boy, and R&B group Silk. Producers Nitti and frequent Young Jeezy collaborator Shawty Redd are expected to contribute tracks for the project.

"It was a great coup for us to land Gucci Mane," Todd Moscowitz, President of Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG), said via statement. "He's one of the most charismatic and acclaimed rappers on the street, with an extraordinary life story and the authenticity and talent to back it up."

"Gucci has been writing poetry and stories since he was ten-years-old, and it shows in the creativity and depth of his music. He is a brilliant rapper and a fantastic character who is injecting real originality and humor into the hip-hop landscape," Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman added, also via statement. "Since releasing his first album two years ago, he has emerged as a compelling true-life storyteller with a unique voice and undeniable star power. I am thrilled to welcome Gucci and his So Icey label into the Atlantic and Asylum family."

Gucci Mane's leap to Atlantic/Asylum has been in the making for some time. When Gucci Mane signed with Czar Entertainment's Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond last year, Rosemond said he was looking for a new label home for the Atlanta rapper.

Gucci Mane was previously signed to Big Cat Records where he released the 2005 album Trap House and spawned the single "Icy." After several brushes with the law in 2006, Gucci Man released his second album Hard to Kill last fall.

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