Styles P kicked things off by taking to his IG to post a PSA aimed at Jones. The 13-minute video sees him takes shots at Jones’ intelligence while giving him reading recommendations.
“You bring the bars, and I’ll bring the books,” Styles joked in the video. “I want you to start reading, Jim. I want you to start picking up books.”
Jones was quick to respond in the comment section, writing, “Lol I have my high school diploma. Do u?”
“Actually have a diploma and G.E.D. beloved,” Styles responded.
Jimmy clapped back with another barb: “I think u know I’m pretty equipped when it comes to intelligence as u never had these many likes since I poked u in ur stomach lol. That’s called Marketing if u didn’t know.”
“My Gee is authentic not to be marketed,” Styles P replied. “I market health to my community beloved.”
Styles and Jimmy’s back-and-forth banter arrives just 24 hours before The Lox and Dipset will go toe-to-toe in a Verzuz battle.
The event will be livestreamed as well as available to view live in person at Madison Square Garden. All parties involved (Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zeekey, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch) are expected to be hitting the stage together.
During an appearance on Joe Budden’s podcast last year, Jim Jones teased a potential battle between the Yonkers and Harlem rap collectives.
“Dipset and The LOX, a lot of camaraderie, a lot of good energy, a lot of energy to bounce off each other,” Jones explained at the time. “Cam, Jadakiss, and Styles P literally started the same year to get into this game off of freestyles and things like that. We represent the uptown part of New York City. We represent the culture for New York City. We’ve been pillars in this industry for the past 20 some odd years along with the whole Ruff Ryders enterprise. I think would be more suitable.”