“I wasn’t really able to tell my story before but I think I am now…” Gucci Mane says from behind a glass window in a visiting room at Atlanta’s Fulton County Correctional Facility. “Got closure on a lot of things now.”

After years bubbling beneath the surface, Gucci was having the best year ever, racking up hit after hit and high profile co-signs, but that all came to a halt when the rising trap star was put behind bars for parole violation on November 12. Still, the Atlanta MC went on with business as usual, dropping his much-anticipated album, The State vs. Radric Davis, and giving XXL magazine an in-depth interview for the March issue.

Interviewed by XXL’s Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten, Gucci shares his thoughts on his recent ascent into the hip-hop big leagues; his newfound popularity; and the first few hours back in the big house. He also discusses his longstanding beef with Young Jeezy, expresses remorse for the mistakes of his past and much more. Look for the full cover story with hip-hop’s next superstar in XXL’s upcoming March 2010 issue. Gucci’s Warner Bros. debut, The State vs. Radric Davis, is in stores now.

Other features in the blockbuster March issue are XXL’s look back at the Top 10 Freshmen MCs of the Decade—a collection of artists that debuted in the new millennium and went on to have the most impact during the past 10 years—profiles on Scott Storch and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. XXL also investigates whether or not going to jail helps or hurts an artist’s career, and highlights some of 2009’s best mixtapes. Also, 20 rappers interview Rakim, resulting in a one-of-a-kind dialogue with the living legend.

XXL’s March 2010 issue with Gucci Mane hit stands nationwide in February. In the mean time, stay tuned to XXLMag.com in the coming weeks for more exclusive excerpts and issue leaks.