Evil Genius is the twelfth studio album by American rapper Gucci Mane. It was released on December 7, 2018, by Atlantic Records and GUWOP Enterprises. The album features guest appearances from Quavo, 21 Savage, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Kevin Gates, Bruno Mars, Kodak Black, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Skies, and Lil Pump, while the production was handled by Southside, Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and OG Parker, among others.The album is supported by three singles: "Solitaire" featuring Migos and Lil Yachty, "Kept Back" featuring Lil Pump, and "Wake Up in the Sky" with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black.
== Background ==
Less than a week after releasing his twelfth album El Gato: The Human Glacier, Gucci Mane announced his next album titled "The Evil Genius".During an interview with Billboard, Gucci Mane spoke about the progress of album:
I've been really working on the songs. You know, I just don't put out anything. So I'm trying to make this project one of my best projects ever. I'm really trying to collaborate with the best producers and make sure I give my fans something that they can be like, 'Ok, Gucci still coming hard. He still passionate about the music.
In an interview with Zane Lowe, Gucci Mane revealed production from Metro Boomin, Southside, and Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and guest appearances from Offset, Quavo, 21 Savage, Kevin Gates and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.On November 6, 2018, the album's release date was announced, alongside the revealing of the tracklist.On November 27, 2018, the cover art was revealed via Instagram, with a short album teaser on Twitter.
== Promotion ==
The album's lead single, "Solitaire" featuring Migos and Lil Yachty, was released on March 2, 2018. The music video was released on May 22, 2018.Followed by the second single and the album’s bonus single, "Kept Back" featuring Lil Pump was released on August 9, 2018 and the music video was released on October 17, 2018 for Mane’s “National 1017 Day” to celebrate the day in 2017 he married Jamaican model Keyshia Ka’oir. The third single is called "Wake Up in the Sky" with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black on September 14, 2018. The music video was released on October 31, 2018."I'm Not Goin'" featuring Kevin Gates, was released as the first promotional single on November 15, 2018, along with the music video."Bipolar" featuring Quavo, was released as the second promotional single on November 30, 2018.
== Critical reception ==
Evil Genius received generally positive reviews from critics. Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork generally praised the album, giving it a 6.5 out of 10, but noted that although "it's one of his most considered and carefully curated projects, Gucci plays it uncharacteristically safe for most of it." Aaron Williams of Uproxx praised Gucci's effort, saying that "On his latest project, Gucci Mane may not break much new ground, but he's reached the point in his career where he doesn't really need to, because he already has."
== Commercial performance ==
Evil Genius debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 51,000 album-equivalent units (with 5,000 in traditional album sales) in its first week, becoming Gucci Mane's fifth top-ten album on the chart.
== Track listing ==
Credits adapted from Tidal.
== Personnel ==
Credits adapted from Tidal.
Eddie "eMIX" Hernandez – mixing (tracks 7, 15)
Serban Ghenea – mixing (track 11)
Kori Anders – mixing (track 12)
Colin Leonard – mastering (tracks 7, 12, 15)
== Charts ==
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