Gucci Mane and Jeezy’s VERZUZ battle meant a lot for the hip-hop culture
Since VERZUZ was incepted back in March, it has become a perfect way for artists to face off. Long time rivals Gucci Mane & Jeezy agreed to pull up on the Timbaland & Swizz Beatz-produced webcast to settle their scores. At one point during the battle, things got tense when Guwop started mocking Snowman’s dead associate Pookie Loc. Interestingly, the situation later grew cordial with Gucci showing some respect before Jeezy acknowledged it.
Jeezy pointed out that the truce was for the culture, while paying homage to deceased rappers like King Von, Pop Smoke, Nipsey and Mo3. After facing each other, performing their hits, the pair decided to publicly put their differences aside. The moment was historical per se. This has been one of the longest rivalries since it began 15 years ago.
The animosity started a few months after their acclaimed “So Icy” smash hit dropped. Some reports claim that the feud started due disagreements on who owns the song’s copyrights. The enmity escalated to the point where a group of five men stormed a house where Gucci was spending the night. The Trap music legend was armed, he shot at the intruders killing one of them. The victim was later identified as Jeezy’s protégé and rapper named Pookie Loc.
This event means a lot to the hiphop community, other beefing rappers should consider taking this way to settle their issues. The game needs this kind of positivity.
Jeezy has also talked with The Breakfast Club and explained why he wanted to end the beef.
“I just had to make a decision,” said Jeezy about his beef with Gucci Mane. “It’s going to be about what I see going on and how I can contribute and let people understand it’s bigger than us. For all the things you see– that [King] Von thing really touched me. I know [Lil] Durk well and it was surreal to get that call. Them kids. It ain’t gotta be that way. It was a lot of that. What happened to Mo3, what happened to Boosie. It was a crazy weekend. You’re just watching all these things happen and you’re just like, damn, this is real. It’s an unselfish moment. It’s like a catch-22 because you have some people like, I don’t know what to tell you, I’m rich, I’m grown and I wanna see all of y’all live to be in a position like myself. It was real, bro. We could have walked away and it could have been all bad.”