Over the last ten years Gucci Mane has established himself as one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with chart topping records, dozens of mixtapes, and even a role in a feature film. The life of fast cars, beautiful women, and solid gold furniture does not come without peril. Constant death threats, attempted robberies, court cases, and even jail time are all too familiar for Mr. La Flare.
Underneath it all, Gucci faces a more personal beef:
The battle to breathe.
Since the 2005 release of his debut album, Trap House, the stuffiness of Gucci Mane’s nose has persisted without fault. Despite visits to specialists, countless over-the-counter treatments, and a handful of homeopathic remedies, nothing seems to help. One common theory is that Gucci Mane’s distinct voice is the result of a deviated septum, often the result of a good blow to the nose, or compression of the nose during birth. Whereas this can be treated, the swollen adenoids in the rear of Gucci’s nasal passage may plague his breathing forever.
When irritated or infected, the adenoids in one’s throat can become swollen, causing restricted airflow through the nasal passage. Much like the tonsils, adenoids are part of the immune system, trapping bacteria and other germs on their way down to the lungs. Swelling is not uncommon and is often the result of a viral or bacterial infection. Smoke and other irritants can cause swelling as well. Symptoms often go away on their own, but in the chance of a bacterial infection antibiotics are often employed. In some cases, even with treatment, these adenoids can remain swollen indefinitely. When this is the case, the only remaining solution for some is surgery.
Perhaps it all stemmed from a bad case of Strep-throat from which he never fully recovered, or being surrounded by second hand smoke from a relative. The world may never know the true reason for Gucci’s nose being perpetually stuffed, but without this distinct respiratory glitch, chances are he may not have turned out to be the Gucci Mane we know and love today.
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