By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Gucci Mane has had a crazy couple of weeks from name changes and assault allegations to movie cameos and possible Twitter hijacks. We revisit a timeline of some of his most memorable March moments.
Name Change: March 4, 2013
Gucci Mane is now Guwop? Early this month, Gucci took to Twitter to announce that his stage name was going to be retired this summer. "July 2nd I'm officially changing my rap name to Guwop and retiring the great GucciMane," he wrote. "Thanks Fans, for 8 years as Gucci now it's Wop turn." Fans were not into the idea and about 30 minutes later, Gucci rescinded his statement. "I am officially NOT changing my name to Guwop it will officially stay Gucci Mane due to my Fans' response.. Trap House 3 & Juug House July 2" and then added, "Ya'll Hell ... Lmfao." Shortest name change ever?
Twitter Beef with Waka Flocka Flame: March15, 2013
It’s one thing to drop your former bff from your label, it’s another to do it on Twitter. Gucci let fans know that Waka was no longer down with Brick Squad by writing, "Waka flacka flames officially dropped off brick squad 1017. Big Guwop say give me a offer fa this disloyal lil n---."
Twitter Hack? March 18, 2013
Shortly after he blasted Waka on Twitter, Gucci's rep claimed that his account was hacked. "Gucci's twitter was hacked," record label rep, Rahim Wright tweeted, "Just spoke with his manager. All kinds of crazy DMs and what not." Waka didn’t seem to buy the explanation and tweeted "#MentionAH--AssN----“ as well as "Dont let da media fool u. This sh-- real Shawty.”
Spring Breakers: March 22, 2013
One of the best things that happened to Gucci this month was his unexpected cameo in the dark teen flick "Spring Breakers" alongside Selena Gomez, James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens. "Honestly, he did that on the low. He knew I was gonna laugh at him," one-time bff Waka told MTV News when the trailer premiered. "He did that on the low. I can't wait to see it."
Army Assault: March 23, 2013
Gucci was arrested for allegedly assaulting an army soldier. The soldier claims that Gucci hit him over the head with a champagne bottle while at a nightclub in Atlanta. The solider, who returned home from a stint in Afghanistan in October, claims he just wanted to snap a pic with the rapper but Gucci flipped out and attacked him, leading to 10 stitches and a concussion. The alleged victim said afterwards, "He could have possibly killed me. I just hope and pray that I recover pretty well because I still want to serve my military career."
Shots from Waka: March 26, 2013
It was only a matter of time before Waka went on the offensive and fired shots at Gucci Mane, following their Twitter snafu. While performing with Dipset in NYC, Waka remixed his verse on “848” with "Fly young ni--a rob you with some Louis,/Run up on my bus got burned now he tryna sue me/F-ck that ni--a Gucci, free my ni--a Boosie/I swear to God my life is like a f-cking movie."
Assault Part 2: March 26, 2013
If one assault allegation weren’t enough, Gucci snagged another. In addition to the Army soldier who claims he was hit upside the head with a champagne bottle, a second man came forward with a similar story. I haven't ever been so humiliated in my life and disrespected,” the alleged victim said. He claims he tried to shake Gucc’s hand and got punched.
At press time, Gucci had not surrendered himself for either assault charge.