[artist id="1938028"]Gucci Mane[/artist] is a man with a plan. Several plans. The ATL street king was released from jail Wednesday morning (May 12) after serving less than a year for probation violation. As soon as he got out, Gucc talked to the media, laying out his plans — which include two albums in the next few months and touring — and expressing remorse for the violation that had put him back behind bars.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank my legal counsel, Dwight Thomas and Michael Holmes, for their excellent representation, as well as my label, Asylum and Warner Brothers Records, for sticking with me through my situation and helping me through my time behind bars," Gucci said. "Most importantly, I want to thank all of my fans for their support while I have been away. Your letters and your words of encouragement helped me make it through. None of my success would be possible without you. I have made some mistakes in my life that have hurt a lot of people who care about me. I have worked very hard to get past them, but those mistakes have brought me to where I am today, and they will not be repeated."
Gucci also talked about the personal growth he experienced during his months in jail.
"These past six months have been a difficult time, but fortunately I have learned a great deal from my experience," he added. "I was able to do a great deal of soul searching; I am coming out with a new attitude towards life. Unfortunately, my incarceration also came at a pivotal point in my career, just as my first major-label album was dropping. I was forced to miss what should have been one of the proudest moments of my life. This is something that I will make sure never happens again. My time in jail was trying, but I grew from it and am now a stronger and better person. I want to continue on a positive track and truly focus on being a role model to my fans and my community. I am looking towards the future with a newfound respect and appreciation for the law and a strong dedication to my music and my career."
From there, the MC nicknamed LaFlare, who recently fired his manager Deb Antney, outlined his new business structure and artistic future endeavors.
"I have already begun to make positive strides towards the future," he said. "I have launched a new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records in affiliation with Asylum/ Warner Bros Records, and I am working with a new team. I am looking forward to getting back to business and to start making hits. I am extremely excited about my new album, The Appeal, which will be dropping at the end of the summer. Over the course of 2010, 1017 Brick Squad Records will also be releasing albums from my artist Waka Flocka Flame, as well as my group Brick Squad, which features Wacka, OJ Da Juiceman and myself. In July, I will be heading out on a nationwide tour, hitting venues across the country and continuing the movement."
Gucci is already booked to perform at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in New Jersey on June 6 as well as Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash concert in Atlanta on June 19. His first show back, however, is advertised for May 28 in Miami as part of the Memorial Day weekend festivities. In addition to his aforementioned albums, Gucci is also set to get back to his mixtapes. He and DJ Holiday will begin working on the sequel to Writing's on the Wall immediately.