Gucci Mane Is The Therapist You Never Knew You Needed

15 March 2020
Gucci Mane, Self-care, Advice, Trap, Hip-Hop, Coronavirus, Covid-19
Rapper or self-care guru?

In times of trouble, heroes are forged. Men and women that take control when other are losing their heads and offer a Churchillian push from darkness to light. For anybody feeling low right now, whether concerned about the lifespan of Covid-19 or simply struggling with the prospect of being quarantined with a partner, then good people fear not. Allow us to offer you the inspirational tweets of Gucci Mane.

It’s not quite known why the Alabama-born rapper’s Twitter feed took on its current mindful mission, but you can seemingly chart it back to Boxing Day 2019. In what could have easily been mistaken as a fall-out from a very messy Christmas Day, Mane declared, “Celebrate with those who support you. Distance yourself from miserable people!” Forty-five thousand people agreed.

It was followed up over the next few days with the slightly confusing “Action speak louder than argument!” and then the downright kick up the backside that was: “Whatever U planning Start Now!” But if those musings at the end of a three-album 2019 served as a self-help entrée, then 2020 has already become a full-on dining experience of mindful wisdom.

Take this list of tweets from a seven-day period in January, for example:

“Life’s tough, keep grinding.”
“The greatest resource we have is ourselves!”
“Get the bag and flip it!”
“Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger!”
“If you fail to plan you plan to fail.”
“Ultimately, life is what we make it!”
“Close your mouth and open your ears.”

In what has become compulsive reading, at least in the GQ offices, Mane has followed all that up with more... much more. From the real talk found here...

To the no-nonsense attitude of this...

To the simple majesty of this...

Although running the gamut of motivational cajoling to positive planning to downright blunt advice, it could be easy to dismiss such rapid fire wisdom as more of the same celebrity psycho-babble that often floods your Twitter feed, but that would be to do it, and Mane, a disservice. Not only have tests proven that motivational quotes can have real life worth, depending on language patterns and who actually said it, it’s also something that’s rooted in our biology.

“Humans are aspirational,” said media psychology expert and communications consultant Scott Sobel, founder of Media & Communications Strategies, Inc. in Washington, DC. “We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask. Leaders and their words affect us on a primal level.”

But while the science is all well and good. In times of crisis it can be the simplest advice that helps you push on when you need to most. Or as the currently pinned tweet on Gucci Mane’s feed quite rightly says...

Seriously, cheapest therapy we ever got.