Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

It’s only been six months since Gucci Mane, a.k.a. Radric Davis, released 2010’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted. But the Atlanta rapper has lived a lifetime of weirdness in that time. In January, Mane landed in a psychiatric ward by court order, and after, that he visited a tattoo parlor to get inked with a lightning-spiked ice-cream cone across his right cheek. Unfortunately for Mane, the body art sparked more discussion than any music he’s put out in a long while. The Return Of Mr. Zone 6 tries to change the subject by starting over. Along with longtime collaborator/producer Drumma Boy, Davis has employed a long list of close friends (protégé Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman) and Southern-rap mainstays (8Ball and Master P) to craft a back-to-basics gangsta-rap platter that’s every bit as workmanlike as his stunning prolificacy requires. Though the cavernous “Shout Out To My Set” sounds phoned-in and “Reckless” seems unfinished, there’s thunder to be found throughout, particularly in the muscular, 8Ball and Waka Flocka-bolstered “Pancakes,” and the howling six-minute closer “Trick Or Treat.”

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