Gucci Mane Says Warm Post-Prison Reception 'Strengthens' Him

'I feel like I got a whole new beginning,' the rapper tells Atlanta DJ Frank Ski morning after his release.

The "Welcome Home Gucci Mane" campaign is in full swing. On Wednesday morning, Gucci's good friends Shawty Lo and DJ Holiday were waiting at the Fulton County Jail to greet him upon his release.

On Wednesday night, a host of other Gucci supporters gathered at the Georgian Terrace hotel in Atlanta for a dinner honoring the ATL street heavyweight. Monica, the Diplomats' Chubbie Baby, Big Boi, Wale, Kandi Burruss, Jazze Pha, DJ Drama and L.A.D., Sean Garrett, Waka Flocka Flame and, of course, Lo and Holiday all came out to show love.

Gucci LaFlare was a guest on the DJ Frank Ski V103 morning show on Thursday (May 13), where he reflected on the previous night's festivities. "It makes me feel good. It strengthens me even more," the Atlanta rapper said.

While on-air, Gucci also revealed that his next album, The State vs. Radric Davis: The Appeal, is due out at the end of August. He told listeners that he would want to work with Andre 3000 and Jamie Foxx on the follow-up to his December '09 project. When asked how jarring it was for him to go to prison last year, right before the release of The State vs. Radric Davis — an album that had the potential to be his superstar-making effort — Gucci said knowing some months earlier that he was going in made it somewhat easier.

"It was little behind-the-scenes things that everybody didn't know," Gucci explained to Ski. "They had a warrant for my arrest about four or five months before I even went in. So I was already dealing with it. I was trying to do all I could in case I did go to jail, so I could keep it going.

"I feel like I got a whole new beginning, like my career just started again," he added.

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