For 15 years Gucci Mane and Jeezy have been involved in a bitter feud that ultimately turned deadly. So fans were understandably shocked when the rappers announced they would be linking for a Verzuz battle next week. But alas, these are the times we live in – when we trade rap beef for IG Live battles.
News of the rappers’ Verzuz battle hit the internet Saturday when Gucci took to Instagram to make the announcement. “Tell buddy Get ready,” he wrote alongside a Verzuz poster. “Trap God vs Snowcone.”
The announcement sent fans into a frenzy. The reason? This not just another friendly Verzuz battle between industry peers. Mane and Jeezy have perhaps one of the most spiteful rivalries in modern hip hop, that it even resulted in a death.
It all goes back to 2005 when the two first collaborated on the track “Icy.” Jeezy believed it would feature on his debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, but instead, Mane beat him to the punch and debuted it on his first independent album, Trap House.
Following the release, Jeezy claimed he was never paid for the collab. He subsequently dropped the track “Stay Strapped,” where he called Mane out by his government name – Radric Davis – and put a bounty on his head. The following war of words resulted in some of the greatest diss tracks ever.
However, shots weren’t only fired on wax. In May 2005, the violence got physical when four men broke into Gucci Mane’s house and assaulted him. Mane responded to the raid by fatally shooting one of the assailants, Henry Lee Clark III, aka Pookie Loc, one of Jeezy’s associates.
As it was an act of self-defense, Mane was later acquitted of the murder, however, things understandably remained sour between him and Jeezy. The latter dubiously claiming he had nothing to do with the attack.
Fast forward to 2020. The rappers have seemingly buried the hatchet and are set to amicably battle it out track-for-track on Instagram. So, has Covid killed the rap beef once and for all?
If Twitter were to judge it: Yes. Check out some of the hilarious ways fans are reacting to the surprising Verzuz below.