Gucci Mane gave Young Thug his first big break when he signed Thugger to 1017 Brick Squad Records in 2013.
In a new interview with XXL, Gucci reveals an interesting detail about the signing: He had never even heard any of Thugger's music when he made the offer.
When Pewee [Longway] got to the studio, Peewee brought Thug and two other guys... Peewee is like 'Gucci listen, they hard, they're the ones who got me to start rapping, sign them!' I had a bag with some money and got $25,000 out and I signed Thug right there. Never even heard a song from him ... I value Peewee's opinion so much ... From that day on, Thug didn't leave the studio, he spent the night there. He'd have 30 people in the studio, but he'd never leave." "I didn't really know what I had with Thug, I was just taking a chance," Gucci explained. "A week later I was like 'oh, he's a star.' Once we did [a] video, and I seen Thug doing the video, I'm like 'he a star, he outta here,' and I started putting more focus on him."Do you think Thug -- who's moved on to 300 Entertainment --- would be where he is if Gucci didn't take that unusual chance?