Last night (Nov. 19), Jeezy and Gucci Mane faced off in a historic Verzuz battle that presumably ended their years-long beef. Amid the showdown, however, there was an awkward moment after Guwop played the “Truth” record that references the death of Jeezy’s associate.
The Recession 2 star subsequently checked the “Lemonade” emcee, noting he extended the invite for the battle “as a real man.” “The shit we came from in the street, we been through it, dawg. Twenty years and when I said I wanted to do this for the culture, that’s what I wanted to do. I brought you here to show you the world care about what the fuck we got going on because we are the culture,” he said at the time.
Jeezy’s reaction was praised by followers who commended his level of maturity, growth he attributes to his desire to “better” himself.
“I looked at it like we ain’t sixth graders. We not kids,” Jeezy said during an interview with “The Breakfast Club.” “You can’t antagonize me with something that we both understand ‘cause I’m not in the same mental space as I was 20 years ago, and I know I can’t let you take me there. That would have been the biggest upset in my life because I have self-control and I’m very self-aware. It’s just like, ‘Hold up man, if that was the case, we might [not have even] came here.’”
While fans were shocked by Gucci’s decision to play “Truth,” the Snowman explained he “didn’t feel no way about it.”
“I’ve already heard the song. I already know what people may think of the situation and you know that as well so you can’t antagonize me with that live and think that you’re gonna get a response because I’m not that same person I was 20 years ago...,” he explained. “I took the last 10 years to better myself because of a lot of things that happened in my life. I just promise myself I would never put myself in those positions again because when you react and somebody gets you off your square, and you acting out of anger or you acting out of anxiety, it’s normally not the right decision.”
Despite the back and forth during the battle, the night ended with the trap stars’ joint peformance of “So Icy.” When discussing whether the moment would lead to an actual moment of reconciliation, Jeezy said:
“It’s been going on almost two decades. It was a point when we were cool...The real shit that went on, that’s just something me and him gonna have to figure out later on...Time heals all, but that was effort—it was in front of the world. It wasn’t even for show. It’s real life. We both gotta come to grips with that. We both gotta really be men.”