As soon as you heard "I used to walk round that corner. Right on Flintwood." A legend was born. The iced out Bart Simpson piece shining. The red rag over his head could be symbolized as his crown of the trap. No shirt. Homies posted in the hood on a Atlanta night. I actually saw this when it dropped 9 years ago in 2007. This was the first time I actually thought "Damn this nigga is kind of nice." Only a few people played Gucci. I never paid much attention to homie the few years before this. Although I did always like the songs "Trap House," "Freaky Gurl," and "Go Head," the consensus to the general public was that he's nothing but a Jeezy knockoff. That was only because Gucci started saying the "Yeah" ad-libs like Jeezy and that made people feel a certain way so he was hated before he was loved and he would have a uphill climb to get to the top.
This Hood Affairs freestyle footage is very important. More important than people realize. On the surface it just look like Gucci rapping with his homies. This freestyle is where the shift in Trap Rap began. The Trap music the world knew usually came from the 2 most popular guys out of Atlanta. T.I and Jeezy. Their style of trap music had struggle in it but it was a lot more neat, extravagant, and popular. It leaned more towards the spoils of trap money. They also both could just rap better than everyone in the hip-hop sub genre. Also had more popular production. Gucci Mane style seemed was more from the mud. Very simple. Very country. Very hood. Not to say Jeezy or T.I music isn't hood but there was something about Gucci that hood niggas related to more. 2007 was the beginning of a new era and you see it in the hood affairs footage.
In the footage it was the first time a lot of people out of Atlanta seen O.J The Juiceman. A guy with a very charismatic, country, high pitched style. He started to get everything cracking the next year. DG Yola rapped in the footage he already seen some success the year before with "Ain't gone let up." Trap Spiritual Writer Shawty Lo arrived on the scene with "Dey Know" in 2007 and he was in the hood affairs video watching everyone rap. A young Waka Flocka was in the background rolling a blunt little did he know 2 years in the future it would be his time. Mike Will Made It was also in the video watching everyone rap and who knew he would be one of the most popular producers in the game today. You really see pivotal artists and producers in this footage that played a part in the trap scene back then and now. This is where the shift in trap music was. This was the beginning of a legendary run for Guwop. Where we started to get "The Movie" and "Burrprint" mixtapes the following year and then his time in the mainstream. You gotta remember Jeezy dropped "The Recession" the next year. A lot of people consider that his last good album and after he dropped that Gucci and 1017 were on fire and took over. The torch was taken.
I guess you could say 2007 was the start of Trap Music's "Attitude Era" like the WWE had with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Degeneration X, and The Rock. A era that changed the wrestling business and is considered the greatest era of wrestling in wrestling history. Just like the Attitude era in wrestling I didn't see coming. I didn't see this era of Trap music coming either. I'm not going to lie to you. I thought it was just another piece of footage on a dvd. Little did we know this is where the change in trap music began.