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Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane: For the Culture

The highly anticipated Verzuz battle between feuding rappers Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane finally happened on Thursday night.  

Jeezy and Gucci Mane have been feuding for over 15 years, which was mentioned multiple times during last night’s Verzuz battle. They’ve gone through years of back and forth, diss tracks and drama over a shootout that left one of Jeezy’s friends dead and Gucci Mane behind bars for murder. Gucci claimed self-defense, and the charges were eventually dropped.

Despite all of this, the two rappers came together to face off in a Verzuz battle, and what they did was truly for the culture.

Battling song for song, things got a little heated when Gucci played his diss track “Truth,” and started antagonizing Jeezy. As the Instagram live comments and tweets rolled in from viewers, everyone expected Jeezy to go off, but his response was actually the opposite. 

Jeezy said what they were doing was for the culture.

“We are the culture — where we came from, what we’ve been through,” he said. “All these kids out here doing what they do, because they saw us.” 

He went on to acknowledge rappers who have recently lost their lives including King Von, Dope D, Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke and M3. 

At some point during the battle Gucci said, “My outfit cost 10 bands; look at my opponent.”

Jeezy’s response for that was, “I ain’t got no $10k outfit, but I own half of Atlanta. Real estate. I used to have nothing; now I have a whole lot of everything.” This was yet another teachable moment. 

As he introduced the last song, he said, “We can do this now or leave it as it is.” He continued to play “So Icy,” which the two rappers released in 2005.

Gucci thanked Jeezy for extending the olive branch. “No disrespect,” he said. “It’s all love.” 

Tanyia Foster

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