Once heated rivals, ATL rappers Gucci Mane and Jeezy have surprisingly decided to put aside their issues and come together to take over the Verzuz platform, and fans couldn’t be happier. After years of animosity however, will the two be able to move past a potential trolling of Jeezy by Gucci?
Earlier during the pandemic, T.I. was trying to build the “Mt. Rushmore of Trap Music,” as he called it – featuring himself, Jeezy and Gucci Mane. Back in 2005, the two rappers collaborated on a song called “Icy,” and when Gucci was asked for permission to include the song on Jeezy’s album by Def Jam, he was turned down.
Gucci then claimed that Jeezy was upset and started dissing him, while Jeezy claimed he didn’t like the record to begin with and wasn’t going to be included on his solo project. From there, Jeezy heard that Gucci Mane was about to diss him and Jeezy beat him to the punch. From there over the years, things continued to escalate.
Many fans of hip-hop will remember that there was a time period in which Gucci Mane was in and out of jail, facing charges that at one point included murder – and it was alleged that both rappers had lost people on both side due to their beef. Now, it seems as T.I. wants to try and bury the hatchet between the two, in order to represent for their genre of music together.
Jeezy lost a good friend, rapper Pookie Loc at the hands of Gucci Mane, though Gucci was ultimately acquitted on any charges due to it being ruled self-defense. There’s been bad blood between the two ever since, with T.I. repeatedly trying to patch it up between the two. He also decided to allow the two to have the Verzuz battle, removing himself and allowing the event to be even more symbolic.
T.I. previously had Jeezy on his podcast, in which Jeezy talked about how he and Gucci had almost previously reconciled.
“To keep it all the way honest, me and bro done sat in a room and had a real conversation,” revealed Jeezy. “In a sushi joint. It was close. I can’t lie, it was close, but he got locked up around that time and communication went dark. Im’a keep it a buck, it was close. It was real close.”
One has to wonder now if all of the hard work in reconciling the two rappers will be in vain, given that Gucci’s being accused of trolling Jeezy before their battle, making fun of his late friend.
A Twitter user shared a meme from a courtroom reality show that shows a man lunging toward a defendant in a case, with the caption “go dig ya partna up… I bet he can’t he say s–t,” a throwback Gucci lyric from his 2002 track, “Truth.” The song references Pookie Loc’s passing, stunning many.
Hear the song below.