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Gucci will rap, despite concerns

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The promoter and some fans gather to support the performance The promoter and some fans gather to support the performance

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The show will go on. Despite concerns by an Albany City Commissioner about the offensive lyrics in Gucci Mane's rap songs, the artist is coming to Albany this weekend.

Thursday, concert promoters and supporters gathered at the Civic Center to encourage people to attend the Saturday night event.

If you're not a rap fan, you've probably never heard of Gucci Mane, let alone any of his music.

But lots of people have and are excited about his performance here at the Civic Center Saturday night, which is still planned, despite worries from city commissioner Bob Langstaff.

The tickets are selling. "I got two, for now," said fan Jasmine Jackson.

And organizers want fans to know, Gucci Mane will be here in Albany this weekend.

Promoter Gilbert Udoto said, "Gucci will be here Saturday performing."

City commissioner Bob Langstaff wanted to block Gucci Mane's show. He said it's not the kind of performance that should be allowed in the Civic Center. That criticism actually gave the performer news coverage across the country, helping to sell tickets for the Albany concert.

"People wondering why a person of this magnitude can be censored. This has never happened. The first amendment allows freedom of speech," said Udoto.

It's a show Jasmine Jackson can't wait to see, and she's not alone.  "My generation loves Gucci."

But not everyone does. Kirby Browning spoke out at a gang task force meeting earlier today protesting the concert. "It's like going into Taliban territory to be around there if they insist on showing up," he said.

But Albany rapper Tony B, who will also be on stage Saturday night, says Gucci Mane is no terrorist, and that the concert won't be violent, but fun. "I think it's going to be real big," he said, "it's going to be crazy."

So far, about 1,000 tickets have sold. Organizers are hoping for it to sell out, but they've got lots of tickets to sell. This arena can hold about 10,000 people.

The city attorney is currently investigating whether the city could develop an ordinance to bar certain acts from the civic center, but he told city commissioners he doesn't think there's any way that would be legal.

Tickets for Saturday's show are on sale at the Civic Center box office and Odyssey records.

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