Trap music legends and certified rivals Gucci Mane and Jeezy became the newest inductees into the Verzuz Battle culture books.
For those who may not be familiar with the rappers’ history, let us break down why this battle meant so much to the streets.
The two Atlanta natives broke into the scene around the same time in 2004 when the trap sub-genre was just taking off. In 2005, the rappers collaborated on the song “Black Tees,” but it was rumored that Gucci became upset because Jeezy was constantly a no-show for performances.
In 2005, Gucci dropped the diss track “Round 1” where he attacked Jeezy’s street credibility and the fact that he’s from Hawkinsville, GA, and not Atlanta.
After going back and forth on diss tracks with each rapper shooting.
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verbal shots at each other, things eventually became violent.
In the summer of 2005, Gucci was attacked by a group of men armed with pistols, brass knuckles and duct tape. One of Jeezy’s proteges, Henry Lee “Pookie Loc” Clark, was shot and killed.
Jeezy has always denied having any involvement, but Gucci responded with one of Hip-Hop’s most notorious diss tracks, “The Truth.”
Fifteen years have passed and the rappers have finally had the opportunity to sit down and make amends during the Verzuz Battle.
The battle was viewed more than the 2020 MTV Music Video Awards, The Billboard Music Awards and The voice.
Everything was going great until Gucci played the infamous song, “The Truth.”
To which Jeezy responded, “When I called you and extended this invite, I did so as a real man. I brought you here to show you the world care about what the f**k we got going on, because we are the culture,” Jeezy said before acknowledging rappers Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke, Mo3 and King Von, who all died from gun violence.
But the moment did not result in what many expected, as Gucci responded, “I appreciate you for extending the olive branch, I respect that.”
The two men continued casually and played hit after hit in a show of solidarity and the need to end the violence that’s plagued hip-hop.
It was almost as if hip-hop breathed a sigh of relief and rejoiced in the idea that even two goons could come together and leave the past in the past.