Today is the day many trap music fans have been waiting for!!
Gucci Mane and Jeezy will finally face off in a #Verzuz battle for all to see. Gucci Mane, along with T.I. and Jeezy, is credited with being the founding father of the trap music sub-genre in the early 2000s.
The #Verzuz battle between Gucci Mane and Jeezy will pop off tonight at 8 pm EST but while we wait, let’s take some time to look at the careers of Gucci Mane and Jeezy and a quick scope of their rap beef.
Who is Gucci?
Radric Delantic Davis, better known as Gucci Mane, was born in Bessemer, Alabama, and moved to Atlanta where he grew up watching his dad hustle. Davis recalled when he was younger,
“You know, he had all kinds of games and scams, like three card molly, shaking the pea, pigeon drop,” Gucci Mane told NPR’s Ailsa Chang. “All of these are little scams that he learned — tricks of the trade that he learned in the streets.”
Gucci not only learned the ropes of his father’s hustle, but he also learned how to observe and read people by paying attention to body language and auras. Davis would utilize that information because he noted how advantageous those detailed tidbits of information could be. The East Atlanta legend financed his rap career with the money he ran up hustling.
In 2005, Gucci Mane’s debut album “Trap House” was released by Big Cat Records and Tommy Boy Records. “Trap House” flexed five hit singles, “Go Head”, “Money Don’t Matter”, “Trap House”, “That’s All”, and “So Icy”, which fueled the start of a longstanding beef between Gucci Mane and Jeezy “the snowman”.
Guwop has been instrumental in the trap music genre providing hits like, “First Day Out“, “First Day Out Tha Feds” which was dropped after being released from prison, “Lemonade”, “Freaky Girl”, “Bricks”, and “I Think I Love Her.” To date, the “So Icy” rapper dropped five mixtapes in his popular ‘Trap House” mixtape series.
In 2014, Gucci Mane pled guilty to a gun charge which carried a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The rapper faced possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The Atlanta rapper was expected to serve three years and three months in prison.
Davis was released in Spring 2016.
Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy beef
“So Icy” was Davis’s and Jeezy’s first collaboration and Young Jeezy at the time, assumed the track would be a part of his debut album ‘Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101’ but as you can see, the track was added to Gucci Mane’s lineup of songs.
This beef would last longer than many would anticipate. If you haven’t noticed the anticipation flooding this #Verzuz battle, the beef is partly why music fans are on standby for the matchup. Not to mention, this would be the first #Verzuz battle for the trap music sub-genre.
Gucci may have run off with “So Icy” but Jeezy wouldn’t let Davis get too far without dissing Gucci in “Stay Strapped” where Jeezy name-dropped Davis’s government and stage name on the track. As the song closes, “The Snowman” had a few words for Gucci Mane, “I got a bounty on that shit, ni##a. 10 stacks. So if he comes to your town, and you just happen to snatch that motherfucker off his neck, I’m gonna shoot you the 10-stack, man. So I can cremate that motherf#####.”
Davis responded to “Stay Strapped” with “Round 1” calling Jeezy a ‘wangsta’ in the intro and later in the song he referenced to Jeezy as Meech’s (from BMF) b####. Shortly after the feud ignited, it wouldn’t be long before the beef escalated.
Jeezy loses associate, Gucci Mane faces murder charges
In May 2005, Gucci Mane was the victim of a home invasion and attempted robbery, but Davis shot one of the intruders in self-defense, killing them. The intruder was later identified as Henry Lee Clark III whose stage name was Pookie Loc, who happened to be an artist on Jeezy’s Corporate Thug Entertainment.
Davis turned himself into Dekalb County police and was released the day of his album release on a $100,000 bond. Fast forward to nearly a year later, Gucci Mane beat the murder charge and dissed Jeezy on another diss track, “745” where Gucci spits, ”Do I smell pussy? Nah, that’s Jeezy. You ain’t a snowman, you more like a snowflake, cupcake, cornflake. Nigga, you too fake.”
The two rappers would continue a beef for years with no sight of burying the hatchet. Even with the emergence of the #Verzuz battle, the two artists managed to throw shots at one another.
After years of feuding, both rappers still won’t let up
Gucci Mane posted to Instagram a meme that some social media users found funny while others shook their heads in disbelief.
Jeezy posted the #Verzuz artwork for the battle and captioned the post with a sly remark.
Stay tuned for a glimpse into Jeezy’s career ahead of the #Verzuz battle tonight!
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