Gucci Mane is no outlier: Just like millions, he loves the work of the author Malcolm Gladwell. The 36-year-old luminary of Atlantan hip-hop posted a photo of himself holding Gladwell’s most recent book, 2013’s David and Goliath, to his Instagram story Sunday — and things escalated from there.
When a fan tweeted a screenshot of the photo and tagged Gladwell, the author responded. “Gucci Mane, ladies and gentlemen,” Gladwell tweeted. “This might be the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”
Gladwell’s comments didn’t go unnoticed by Gucci, who retweeted the author with a comment of his own. “I read Blink, Outliers, and Tipping Point,” he noted. “You my favorite author.”
Perhaps the rapper’s Gladwell fixation is an element of the rebooted lifestyle he’s enjoyed since his May release from prison. Since then, Gucci has spoken extensively about losing weight — “I decided I was going to lose weight so I could be able to wear all the brands that I really like,” he told Vogue in August — and striving to be healthier. But he’s remained characteristically prolific, releasing two albums, July’s Everybody Looking and October’s Woptober, in the last six months. He’s also appeared on tracks by Kanye West, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and Rae Sremmurd, and will drop a Christmas album, The Return of East Atlanta Santa, in December.