Gucci Mane has been notorious for his ability to scope out stars prior to their come-up. From Waka Flocka Flame to Young Thug, the East Atlanta Santa has been finding diamonds in the rough for more than a decade — with multiple hitmakers paying homage to him and his legendary status.
In 2021, we see the continuance of his 1017 legacy, as Guwop has formed a collective of artists who are doing numbers and making a name for themselves in the process.
Foogiano has been getting big looks alongside established rappers since late 2020, with the first being his remix of “Molly” featuring Dababy. On So Icy Summer, the Greensboro rapper appears alongside Future and Lil Baby on his own, proving his worth as a collaborator. His latest single, “Free Foo”, combines quick plucking and heavy bass with matter-of-fact bars and goofy ad-libs to showcase his solo talent.
Pooh Shiesty needs no introduction after the year he has been having. Touting collaborations with Coi Leray, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Juicy J and 21 Savage, he has made himself a staple in rap music for the year, appearing on XXL’s Freshman List for 2021. His most recent collab is with none other than the 1017 head honcho on “Like 34 & 8”, where they compare themselves to Shaq and Kobe.
Another Memphis rapper, Big Scarr, has also joined the ranks of Gucci’s militia. Dropping his debut album in April of this year, he keeps his collaborations within the 1017 camp for the most part, but manages to score major numbers on his solo material. His most recent drop is a single with Quezz Ruthless called “Bacc to Bacc”, scoring half a million views on the music video in just one week.
BigWalkDog has just started his meteoric rise with a collaboration from label mate Pooh Shiesty and Lil Baby. “Whole Lotta Ice” has the trio flexing their riches, more of which is soon to come for the Mississippi MC. He won’t be forgetting where he originated, as his last single is called “Came From Da Bottom”. As he continually puts out singles, 1017 fans will have to patiently wait for a full-length project.
1017’s resident princess is ready for her time as well, as she stays consistent and continually puts out notable verses. Her sultry voice is a startling contrast to her dark subject matter, making her a unique combination. Another artist who’s kept her friends at the label close, she is beginning to branch out with a new collaboration with Coi Leray titled “Freaky Deaky”.
Hotboy Wes is the latest of the New 1017 to receive a verse from the big boss himself. “My Lil Dance” is an infectious banger that is sure to take over the radio waves in the near future. The video got a million views in the last 4 days, showing how powerful a Gucci Mane co-sign can be.