We are now hours away from the Gucci Mane vs. Jeezy #Verzuz battle and DirtySouthHipHop wants to bring music fans up to speed if they are not already familiar with Jeezy or Gucci Mane or the beef between the two artists.
DSHH talked a little about Gucci Mane’s mark on the music industry and what started the beef between the two rappers. Let’s look into a few chapters of Jeezy’s life in the rap game.
Jay Wayne Jenkins better known as Jeezy is also celebrated as one of the framers of trap music. The rapper whom we’ve come to love made notable contributions to the rap index alongside Gucci Mane.
Jeezy as a youngster before the rap game
Jeezy was born in South Carolina and moved to Atlanta at a young age. During his adolescence, Young J would bounce around from one family member’s home to another amid his parents split. As he grew older, Jeezy lived outside of Macon, (Hawkinsville) where he affiliated with Crips and initiated a partnership with Kinky B who assisted Jeezy in his future endeavors.
Early in Jeezy’s career, he performed under the name ‘Lil J’ and released his first independent album. Thuggin’ Under the Influence (T.U.I.) which featured Lil Jon, Kinky B, Freddy J, and Fidank.
Boost in career, headed for success
In 2004, Jenkins’s career would shift into high gear as new opportunities emerged. Jazzer’s Pha’s manager, Henry ‘Noonie’ Lee slid Jeezy’s demo to Shakir Stewart, a friend of Lee’s who happens to be, at the time, Vice President Artist and Repertoire (VP A&R) at Def Jam.
Stewart was impressed and forwarded the demo to L.A. Reid and Stewart was given the go-ahead to sign Jay. As Jeezy continue to spark buzz, more labels pursued the rising artist, but the “Trap or Die” rapper would eventually sign with Def Jam Records.
Along the way, Jeezy has provided fans with a number of songs with others in Hip Hop like DJ Drama on the classic mixtape, Trap or Die. In fact, here’s a few that DirtySouthHipHop will proceed to play and you can’t check out the Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane Battle without checking these out first!!!
At one point, Jeezy was a former member of Boyz N Da Hood under Bad Boy Records.
Another fan fav, “Lose My Mind” featuring Plies.
Another our favorite here at Dirty is “All There“, a song Jeezy did with the late rapper Bankroll Fresh. Fresh (pictured below) whose real name was Trentavious White was a persistent and shining star at the time his life was taken away outside of Street Execs Studio in northwest Atlanta.
“Dope Boy 95 Air Max on” is always a reminder of how real Atlanta can really be.
As Jeezy and Gucci Mane progressed in their lane doing their own thing in their own way, no one saw fit to reconcile? Could we possibly see the two artists patch things up during tonight’s battle? Or will more tension build up after the showdown? Stay tuned! Music fans grab your popcorn and let the battle begin!
#Verzuz posted both rappers within hours of the battle.
#Verzuz battle between Gucci Mane and Jeezy will be today @ 8pm EST. Fans can watch the battle on Instagram of Apple Music.
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