‘SO ICY’! JEEZY AND GUCCI MANE SQUARE OFF IN LEGENDARY VERZUZ—DRAWING NEARLY 2 MILLION VIEWERS
Friday, Nov 20, 2020
This year is proving to be one for the history books, in more ways than one! Atlanta legends Jeezy and Gucci Mane finally reunited for an epic Verzuz battle after a 15-year beef that included disrespectful diss records, a murder case in which Gucci Mane was acquitted, brutal brawls, and much more. With nearly 2 million viewers—including Stacey Abrams who encouraged people to vote in the GA Senate Runoff—the dirty south rappers squared off in a place that started it all, in local strip club Magic City. The venue choice was quite fitting, considering magic was the only reason the two were able to play hit-for-hit while keeping the peace.
As promised, Gucci Mane kept it “street” and came straight out the gate with his Jeezy diss records “Round 1” and “Benchwarmer”—leaving viewers cringing at the tension in the room. Despite Jeezy not playing any of his diss records against his opponent, Gucci took it one step further by playing “Truth”—a song where Gucci addresses the murder of Jeezy’s homeboy, Pookie Loc. After the visceral track and more verbal jabs from Gucci, Jeezy had a much needed man-to-man talk with him that sent tidal waves across hip-hop culture.
“When I called you and extended this invite, I did so as a real man,” Jeezy told Gucci. “The sh*t we came from in the street and the sh*t we been through, I brought you here to show you the world. We are the culture, what we came through and what we been through. All these kids doing what they do because they saw us.”
After naming a few hip-hop artists who have fallen to gun violence, such as Nipsey Hussle, 50 Cent’s protege, Pop Smoke, and most recently, King Von, Jeezy powerfully transitioned into one of his classics “Get Ya Mind Right”—undoubtedly one of the most epic moments of Verzuz to date.
Fortunately, Gucci Mane and Jeezy moved past the tense moment and ended on a legendary high note with a “So Icy” performance, a track that features both artists.