Frannie Kelley

Gucci Mane has had a roller coaster of a career. Born Radric Davis, he grew up in his grandfather's house in a small town in Alabama. He made his name in Atlanta, over time becoming a central figure in Southern rap and a mainstay on commercial radio. But his successes were interrupted by time in jail.

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Gucci Mane's smile makes you feel like there's still some good in the world. He's really earned it, and that thing is infectious.

We're about 300 emails and one month in. We started with seven people and swelled to eight, though the composition of the group has changed a little bit.