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50 Cent says Jeezy participated in Verzuz out of “desperation” to sell records

The “Many Men” emcee believes artists who take the Verzuz stage want exposure and record sales.

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Since the start of Verzuz, fans have attempted to lure 50 Cent into a competition with names of potential contenders they feel have the discography to face him and simultaneously put on a good show. Unfortunately, the Power star — who previously named some suitable opponents — is no longer interested in the series.

During a recent episode of “The Morning Hustle,” 50 explained his belief that Verzuz — which was created when everyone was on lockdown — no longer serves a purpose as the world is on the verge of opening up. Amid his statement, he chalked up artists’ continued participation to a desperate need of money and album sales, specifically citing the Jeezy and Gucci Mane battle.

“I think when they did the Jeezy, Gucci Mane [Verzuz], I think that that was desperation on Jeezy’s part trying to sell a record.…,” he said. “No, the record didn’t sell, but I think that’s what that was leading up to it because they looked at how much a catalog would sell, and how much exposure you’ll have ‘cause he was releasing a record at that point. Other than that, I don’t know why you would do that.”

50’s assumption that the Snowman used the Verzuz platform to sell records is very much like a comment he made following the release of Jeezy’s “Therapy for My Soul” song, which made mention of his playful behavior on Instagram.

“Anything to try and sell a record, I guess?” the “Many Men” emcee wrote alongside a photo of Isaac Hayes wearing a beret similar to the one Jeezy did on the cover art for the single. “I’m not available this week... I’m busy LOL. #yourshitistrash.”

Despite 50’s thoughts on the future of Verzuz, the platform has now been acquired by Triller in a deal that names Swizz Beatz and Timbaland shareholders in the Triller Network and members of the Triller Verzuz management team.

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