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Gucci’s getting married: How Guwop’s growth shows the other side of hip-hop

Gucci Mane is officially getting out the game. The 1017 Bricksquad president proposed to Keyshia Ka’oir with a $500,000 ring at an Atlanta Hawks NBA game last year and is tying the knot tomorrow on October 17, 2017.

It’s quite special to see how it’s all come together for Roderick Davis.

He just dropped his album, Mr. Davis, this past Friday (his second of the year), in mid-September he became an author, releasing The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, and now he’s having a grand wedding.

It’s funny because people love to peg hip-hop as this morally corrupt culture ran by barbarians or something.

Just recently, while explaining her return back to her rock and country roots in an expansive interview with Billboard, Miley Cyrus said that she favors artists like Kendrick because it’s not like the “come sit on my dick, suck on my cock” stuff that pushed her out of the hip-hop genre.

“It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’ – I am so not that.” she said.

And that’s the image that she, and many others, perpetuate about hip-hop — one of irresponsibility, drugs, violence, and moral corruption.

That’s why people were shocked to find out that hip-hop had fewer drug references than any other music genre and that country music referenced marijuana more than hip-hop.

And it doesn’t matter what level of success you have either, the media has always held the hip-hop community to an unfair standard, regardless of how accomplished they are.

Tomi Lahren stirred the Beyhive when she came for Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance and brought Jay Z into the bashing.

“Your husband was a drug dealer. For fourteen years, he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting black neighborhoods? Start at home,” the TV host said.

The truth of the matter is that yes, hip-hop is an instrument for many to document the experiences they’ve had, experiences that aren’t always the prettiest due to circumstances out their control.

And that’s what make’s hip-hop great: you’re getting expressions from regions all over the world in the rawest form. We get a front row seat to the evolution of these artists as they begin to see a world less limited, which in turn inspires us to want to see more, too.

Gucci has murdered someone before (in self defense). Now, he’s chopping it up with Malcolm Gladwell and Beyonce and has a song titled “Changed”.

And change he has. His evolution has been documented, coming from a life of drug addiction and violence to being completely sober and having a successful music career afterward.

The Davis’s wedding will be branded as The Mane Event live on BET.

This is obviously great for Gucci and Keyshia but it also shows another side of hip-hop, a side of growth.

Rap gave Gucci the opportunity to have a life after prison, see the world, and live comfortably apart from how he moved previously.

Now I’m not saying make Gucci and Keyshia relationship goals or am I assuming that they have a perfect relationship — that’s impossible to truly know. But to see someone such as Gucci have the desire to pursue an honest monogamous relationship is good to see.

You get a little bit of everything from hip-hop — the people who are engrossed in it know that without saying. With all the ratchet, it’s only right that Gucci brings a little righteous to the table.

With Rihanna, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Pharrell, Diddy, Rick Ross, Monica, Trina, Migos, and Solange rumored to attend it’s sure to be an over the top event.

And for the man with an ice cream cone tattooed on his face, I expect nothing less.