ATLANTA hip-hop legends Gucci Mane and Jeezy have been beefing for as long as most fans can remember.
The pair, who used to be collaborators, were locked in a war of words, brawls and murder charges for the past 15 years – here's the beef explained in full…
How long have Gucci Mane and Jeezy had beef?
The beef between the two rap heavyweights goes all the way back to 2005 when the pair were actually collaborating.
Jeezy thought their their joint track, Icy, would feature on his album – but instead Gucci used it on his album Trap House.
To make things worse for Jeezy, the song was a hit – and peaked at 46 on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart.
A bitter Jeezy later claimed Gucci never paid him for this appearance on the track, and that year started a rap feud that would go on for over a decade. He released a 2005 track indirecting Gucci, Stay Strapped, which Gucci responded to with diss track Round 1.
A few weeks later, four men broke into Gucci's house and he shot at them, killing one.
The man he hit turned out to be Henry Lee Clark III, a rapper signed to Jeezy's label (although Jeezy denies any connection to the shooting).
Gucci was charged for his murder in 2005, but charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence after telling police he acted in self-defense.
This, to noone's surprise, sparked a fresh new round of diss tracks, beginning with Gucci Mane naming Jeezy outright and calling him 'fake' on his track 745. Jeezy rapped 'F*** Gucci Mane' on his 2009 track 24, 25.
A few months later , things seemed to calm down between the Atlanta rappers. Gucci Mane even suggested that he was collaborating with Jeezy again in 2009.
The brief respite came to an end when Waka Flocka Flame, one of Gucci's associates, got in a brawl with Jeezy's guys in 2010 outside an Atlanta clothing store.
After that, Gucci and Jeezy continued to put each other down in their respective media interviews. In 2012, Gucci said 'I ain't got no respect for [Jeezy]'.
However, Gucci was sent to jail in 2014 for two years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He emerged from prison a transformed man – both in his figure (he lost 100lbs) and temperament – he seemed to have left the Jeezy beef behind him.
So it came as a surprise when the pair agreed to face each other in a Verzuz battle.
Who won the Verzuz battle?
Billboard reported that the night was a resounding success for Jeezy.
Billboard described Jeezy as "the more eloquent contender" and dubbed him the "people's champ" of the night.
But the battle ended on a sweet note. The pair vowed to end their feud with a joint performance of their 2005 track Icy – yes, the one that started all the beef!
They then revealed they were heading off to a club together after the show.
But the battle was mainly a success for Verzuz, who had a record 1.8 million viewers — a new Verzuz record – watching live on Instagram.
One fan tweeted: "Best Versus performance wise. Jeezy Won the battle, but Gucci won the war. Props to Gucci for not taking that ass whooping lightly. Definitely lived up to the hype."
Another wrote: "watching that versus battle between gucci & jeezy was like the presidential debate lol"
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