When I was in middle school, we had a “Career Day” that basically consisted of a firefighter, a cop, a teacher, and people from other professions we were supposed to be impressed and inspired by (Lawyer! Hedge-fund manager! Real estate agent!) and who would present us viable, respectable options for what out lives could be like after the awkward years of middle school, where you're more concerned with bodily changes and who can make the best fart jokes. And, hopefully, some kids would find some spark that would set them off on the path of proper, respectable ambition and grown-up professionalism.
It never really did that. Actually, much more than that, it made the reality of getting old and getting a job and the concept of inevitably having to become a “responsible adult” look even worse than any of us had imagined, seeing these people with their boring-ass lives try to lie like their shit-ass job was something to be excited about.
Because Gucci Mane never came to my middle school.
And so, god bless the kids at Crawford Long Middle School in Atlanta, Ga, who got exactly that today, and, in the process, received probably the best education any of us will ever receive. Because just like Wu-Tang and Waka Flocka before him, Gucci Mane is all about the kids; and while Lil B might be giving lectures at NYU, Gucci's getting them on the right path early at public middle schools.
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We're not just saying that because “Trap God” is all we've been listening to at Superchief offices for the last, like, month straight; we're saying that because, dude, imagine the exchanges these kids must have had with Gucci, and the enlightenment they received as a result. Shit, imagine being one of those kids.
Student: “Mr. Gucci, what can I do to be as successful as you someday?”
Gucci: “Don't get caught. BRRR.”
There is no better role model.
I'll say this; I wish they'd let rappers with lightning-bolt-and-ice-cream face tats who've been to jail for catching a body and rap about cooking coke and sipping lean as a lifestyle come speak to us when I was in school.
Hope those little fuckers learned something. And thank (trap) GOD for whatever crack the school board was smoking when they chose Gucci to be the guest of honor.
(and maybe he ran into that girl who's suing Chief Keef for child support.)
Right now, all we've got are the two pictures in this post to go by (both from Gucci's social media accounts) but, if those are anything to go by, we'll have ourselves a whole crop of lil' Gucci's coming out of Crawford Long soon.
And the world's a better place for it.