Superstar Hollywood producer Brian Grazer said he finds rapper Gucci Mane just as fascinating as Picasso and Einstein

  • During Monday’s episode of Arianna Huffington’s “Thrive Global Podcast,” producer Brian Grazer said he’s just as fascinated with rapper Gucci Mane as he is with Picasso and Einstein, the subjects of the show “Genius,” which he produces.
  • Grazer compared the conversations he’s had with Gucci Mane to those he’s had with Bill Gates because of the “eye-contact.”

Brian Grazer is a huge fan of Gucci Mane.

The superstar television and film producer – whose credits include “Genius,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Friday Night Lights” – was interviewed by Arianna Huffington for Monday’s episode of her “Thrive Global Podcast.” And he had nothing but good things to say about the rapper Gucci Mane, who was released from prison in 2016 after serving three years for a federal gun charge.

Grazer compared his conversations with Gucci Mane to those he’s had with people like Bill Gates and Larry Page because of the “eye-contact.”

“They were great because we were connecting, we were looking into each other’s eyes, and I like to say, a great date happened,” Grazer told Huffington. “When you’re really looking at somebody, even as we’re doing right now, there’s something going on. We’re looking at each other’s faces and we’re looking at our faces and are pupils dilating, just the entire physiognomy of us. It gives us so much information for one another.”

Grazer also compared Gucci Mane to Eminem, and pointed out the similarities and differences.

“He’s pretty straightforward. He’s extremely … authentic,” Grazer said of Gucci Mane. “As you know, I produced ‘8 Mile.’ Eminem was very authentic, a unique voice and a poet. Gucci Mane is a different thing. He created a music movement that has taken over all of hip-hop called trap. Trap music, which is mumble. They sort of mumble. It’s a mumble sound that Future does and Migos.”

“He’s extremely prolific,” Grazer continued. “When he got out of prison, I think in two weeks, he put out 20 songs. He’s a focused guy that’s a clear thinker but also very authentic.”

“Now, you’re going from Picasso to Gucci Mane,” Huffington said. Grazer produces the show “Genius,” an anthology series that focused on Albert Einstein in its first season, and will focus on Pablo Picasso in its second season later this year.

“They’re all people who fascinate you,” Huffington said.

“They’re all fascinating,” Grazer responded.