Imprisoned rapper Gucci Mane is helping his fellow inmates turn their lives around while behind bars by sharing the lessons he's learned from his own troubled background.
The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, was freed from the Atlanta County Jail in Georgia in March 2009 after serving six months for breaking the rules of his probation, relating to previous charges of assault and drug possession. He was ordered back to jail in November on another count of parole violation and is currently serving a 12-month prison sentence.
However, he's using his brushes with the law to school others and help his cellmates learn how to stay out of trouble when they walk free from jail.
He tells the Associated Press, "I try to take a couple of these young guys under my wing and tell them what I've learned, because you can't teach nobody if you don't know anything."
The rapper admits he's adopted a new motto to live by: "Before I make an action, think about the consequences. ... Any decision I make is a heavy decision. I got a lot of people who depend on me. Everything I do has so much weight on it."
And Mane has found other productive uses for his time in prison: "Unfortunately I've been to jail a couple times. Anytime I come in it's difficult to make music, write songs. This time, I have a peace within me. I've been so excited to get out. I've written about 50 to 60 songs."