Jeezy is set to take on T.I. in their upcoming Verzuz battle on Nov. 19, but the trap founding father revealed that his original dream opponent was Gucci Mane, who declined to go up against him.
Two of trap music’s founding fathers will collide when T.I. and Jeezy go head-to-head in their upcoming Verzuz battle. While Tip might have given the genre its name and Jeezy provided the motivation, there’s a third head on this Mount Rushmore in Gucci Mane who gifted trap with its accepted sound. During a conversation with The Breakfast Club, Jeezy claimed that he was willing to take on Guwop but Gucci ducked the fade.
Around the interview’s 12-minute mark, Jeezy explained that he was first approached about participating in Verzuz by the series co-creator, Swizz Beatz.
“Swizz called me and I was like ‘Yo, Swizz… If I do it, there’s only one person I’d do it with,” Jeezy said. “And he was like ‘Who?’ ‘Gucci, reach out to him. Let me know what’s up.'”
Unlike T.I. and Jeezy, Gucci Mane doesn’t happily co-exist in the tranquil trap landscape. Gucci has sparked rap beefs with both Jeezy and T.I., but his dispute with the former turned into an all-out war.
In 2005, Gucci killed one of Jeezy’s associates, Henry “Pookie Loc” Clark III, during an alleged home invasion at Gucci’s house. Although Clark’s body was found three days after the incident and Gucci didn’t call the police at the time of the shooting, the charges were dropped as he claimed to have acted in self-defense. Since then, Gucci has shown no remorse for Clark’s death, even posting memes about the killing.
Okay, let’s go Snowman.