Jeezy and Gucci Mane put on a Battle for the Culture
Thursday night’s Verzuz Battle featuring Atlanta rappers Jeezy and Gucci Mane started long before the camera’s were rolling and heated up more as the event progressed.
The two hip hop veterans went song for song in Atlanta’s popular adult entertainment club, Magic City, live in front of an in-person audience and and even bigger virtual audience. Most major new outlets covered the event, including CNN and ESPN. According to CNN, the event drew the attention of at least 1.8M people across the platform. (Although Swizz Beats said he took a screenshot on IG when there were 5.5 million people watching.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to get some “street cred,” the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, appeared virtually at the opening of the event urging people to vote in the state’s upcoming Senate runoff election.
Gucci Mane and Jeezy have a long standing history and public beef going back 15 to 20 years depending on who you ask. Their heated rivalry fueled many dis songs over the decade and Gucci Mane started the event with that same energy playing ‘Round 1’ from his 2005 Album Catch a Fade Vol. 1. “That nigga Young Jeezy, that nigga fake man. That nigga is not a thug man. That niggas a wanksta man, I mean gangsta,” Gucci Mane led with.
As Gucci continued to dis Jeezy with tracks and improv actions, Mr. Snowman remained unexpectedly cool and calm throughout the event, and he saved some his more popular hits for later in the battle.
Fans from both sides took to social media sharing their thoughts and feelings throughout the event but there were three main moments that got the most attention.
First – Gucci Mane performs “Truth” where he said “Go dig your partner up nigga, I bet he can’t say shit.” In May of 2005, Gucci shot and killed Henry Lee Clark III a.k.a. Pookie Loc, a native of Macon, Georgia and an artist on Jeezy’s Corporate Thugz Entertainment. After playing the song, Gucci Mane continued to refer to Pookie Loc to ad insult to injury.
Second – Jeezy offered an olive branch and a look at the bigger picture:
“When I extended the invitation, I did it as a real man,” said Jeezy. “I extended my hand because I’m a real man…When I said I wanted to do this shit for the culture, that’s what I wanted to do. I brought you here to show you that the world care about what we got going on because we are the culture. All these kids out here doing what the fuck they do because they saw what went on with us. This shit ain’t about me. This shit ain’t about you.”
Gucci Mane had a hard time letting Jeezy finish his sentence and kept interrupting, but Mr. Snow got his point across.
Third – Both stars perform ‘So Icy’ together to squash the beef once and for all. Gucci Mane vocalized respect for Jeezy extending an olive branch and accepted the chance to end the rivalry.
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