The Georgia rapper dropped his latest project on Friday (June 16) on Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, serving as his first album since being released from jail in December after accepting a plea deal in his label’s high-profile case.
Various songs on the new album find Gunna addressing the “snitch” allegations head-on. On the track “I Was Just Thinking,” he opens up about crying over Young Thug’s situation and the “lies” people are saying about him.
“That’s four walls talkin’ to you, tellin’ you you gone/ Only I done criеd, ’cause this feelin’ for my bro (King Slime)/ And you know my mind, you done watched that n-gga grow/ I know you hear the lies, it’s your lil’ brother, my folk/ Yeah, I had popped out, but don’t let ’em say I told,” he raps.
On “Rodeo Dr,” he also claims he’s been approaching those who have called him out for snitching — although it’s not clear exactly who he’s talking about.
“I know you heard I been pullin’ up pressin’ these n-ggas who claimin’ I ratted/ And been all on the yacht with my muthafuckin’ shirt off, look at it, my whole body tatted,” he spits.
According to Hip Hop By The Numbers, Gunna addresses the allegations 33 times, with 43.3 percent of his lyrics aimed toward people who doubted him. 25.1 percent of his bars allegedly speak on his vulnerability, with his lines about oral sex being at its lowest at 0.9 percent compared to previous projects.
You can stream A Gift & A Curse below:
Gunna was handed a five-year suspended sentence with one year already served due to the time he spent behind bars after his May 2022 arrest. He previously denied snitching following his release from jail.
“While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been interviewed, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way,” Gunna said upon his release.
“My focus of YSL was entertainment — rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community.”
Gunna’s legal team later reaffirmed his innocence, claiming he’s “never” cooperated with law enforcement.
“Gunna has never been interviewed by or cooperated with law enforcement or prosecutors in the RICO case,” a statement read. “Nor have his attorneys proffered information on his behalf. What was said at his Alford plea hearing was solely to resolve his own case. It cannot be used by the prosecution against Young Thug or any other defendant.”
Gunna’s new album is the follow-up to 2022’s DS4EVER, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with roughly 150,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week.