OUWA – Everything you would like to understand About the Gucci vs. Jeezy Versuz Battle. Everything before this evening’s edition of the outrageously successful Verzuz series was extremely entertaining, but they weren’t necessarily battles (unless you count Teddy Riley’s knockdown drag out together with his sound system). Snoop’s dogs didn’t even get at DMX. Monica barely side-eyed Brandy and I are willing to bet that either Gladys Knight or Patti LaBelle showed up to their musical usher committee meeting with a cake.
But at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, two of America’s foremost trapologists will engage within the greatest battle since Lil’ David the Sheep God murked Goliath, much to the dismay of massive G’s Philly crew (The Philistines didn’t know D was gonna pull out the slingshot). Yes, Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane promises to be the Verzuz battle we’ve been expecting.
Tonight, we get actual beef.
Over their 15 years within the rap game, the connection between Mr. Mane and therefore the artist formerly referred to as Young has devolved from a collaborative friendship to a rap feud and, ultimately, into actual dead bodies.
To prepare our readers for tonight’s festivities, we wanted to answer all the questions on this anxiously-awaited showdown.
Who is Gucci Mane?
Radric Delantic Davis may be a 40-year-old recording artist who was born in Bessemer, Ala., a perennial favorite for one among the foremost dangerous cities in America. Gucci moved to Atlanta at 9, where he turned his life around after being detained for unlicensed pharmaceutical sales. Since grabbing the public’s attention by collaborating with another up-and-coming young rapper, Jay Wayne Jenkins, Gucci has released 13 studio albums and over 75 mixtapes.
Who is Jeezy?
Jay Wayne Jenkins may be a 43-year-old recording artist who was born in Columbia, S.C. Like Gucci, Jeezy relocated to Atlanta at a young age and also embraced trap music after delving into the underground medicinal industry, eventually releasing nine studio albums and 18 mixtapes.
Who is more successful?
It depends on who you ask. Jeezy has undoubtedly had more commercial success, but Gucci Mane releases an album every 13 days.
Weren’t they friends?
Yes. Their initial success came from their collaboration on Gucci Mane’s “Black Tee.”
So what happened?
Well, the 2 teamed up for an additional hit song, “So Icy.” Everyone loved the song, but there was a dispute over which artist owned the song. Since Gucci’s debut album came out a month before Jeezy’s first studio album, Gucci included it on his release.
Jeezy responded by recording “Stay Strapped,” which contained the lines:
Niggas talkin’ all tough, steady hidin’ and shit Even his own mama know, Radric Davis a bitch!
To be honest nigga, there’s nothin’ Gucci about chu You pussy, nigga everything’s coochie about chu
The last three minutes of the song is essentially Jeezy happening an extended rant, including offering a $10,000 bounty for Gucci Mane’s “Icy” necklace. Gucci responded by calling Jeezy a “fake” on “Round 1″
And so it began.
Oh, so it’s a rap beef?
Nah, bruh. a couple of weeks later, one among Jeezy’s homeboys, Lee Clark III, allegedly broke in Gucci Mane’s home and was killed. Mane turned himself in to authorities but eventually beat the case when prosecutors dropped the fees due to a scarcity of evidence.
After doing time for a separate assault charge, Gucci teamed up with frequent Jeezy collaborator DJ Drama and Jeezy’s former manager, Coach K, to release The State vs. Radric Davis, Gucci’s most successful album.
Aside from the dead guy, it still seems like a rap beef.
Yeah, but apart from the dead guy, Pontius Pilate would be a hero.
Anyway, after more disses, the 2 called a truce and reportedly made a couple of songs together. Then their homies got into a fight at a haberdashery, then there was more beef.
They weren’t shy about their disdain for every other but Jeezy started wearing suits, Gucci got married and both started acting like adults. After initially agreeing to a battle with T.I., Jeezy decided to travel head-to-head together with his nemesis. Since they agreed, neither has indicated that the meat is dead, but they haven’t indicated that it’s not dead either.
So what happens tonight?
Look, however, you are feeling about the meat, these two dudes are undeniable legends within the trap musical genre. Tonight, every dude from below the Mason-Dixon Line are going to be watching this face-off.
It’s like Maze battling Earth Wind & Fire. this is often Atlanta’s Tupac against Atlanta’s Biggie. this is often the male version of Shirley vs. Barbara. this is often the South’s version of Nas vs. Jay-Z. And, the simplest part about it’s, whatever happens…