It’s 2011, day four, and we’re trend-watching: rappers serving back-to-back jail sentences. T.I. notoriously tipped this one off late last year, with a fresh stretch in an Arkansas jail after wrapping up a 366-day sentence only months before. Next up: Gucci Mane. The ATL rapper was released from Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail in May after serving six months for parole violation stemming from an assault charge, but he was arrested in November for a traffic violation, and then again during a raid at Waka Flocka Flame’s home in mid-December. An honorable Waka turned himself in to police today, and awaits his upcoming hearing. Meanwhile, Gucci Mane is trying to skirt charges that he violated the terms of his probation – again. If convicted, for any charge, really, Gucci will likely end up serving a 17-month sentence. That is, unless he can finagle his way out of the situation. Speaking of which, Gucci Mane was admitted to a mental health institution on Monday after entering a “special plea of mental incompetency” during a hearing.
TMZ reports that he also told the judge he was “unable to go forward and/or intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing.” With his plea temporarily approved, Gucci is now in custody, where he will be evaluated to determine whether or not the screws up top have really come loose. The legal complications surrounding a probation-violation-turned-mental-incompetency case are beyond our expertise, but there seem to be at least two likely outcomes here:
Scenario #1: Some very annoyed judge throws out this “mental incompetency” plea and Gucci serves 17 months, during which time he releases his 4th album The Sate vs. Radric Davis 2 from the pen. No big deal — Wayne did it, T.I. did it, and Gucci’s actually done it already. During his 2010 jail stint, Gucci recorded and released his Burrrprint 2 mixtape, which, of course, debuted at no. 19 on the Billboard charts.
Scenario #2: Gucci wins big with the “mental incompetency” plea, manages to avoid jail time, and releases his 4th album The Sate vs. Radric Davis 2 from a fancy mental institution. In this scenario, he will still manage to make a dent on the music charts, while creating the obvious new trend: rappers releasing albums from mental institutions.