Jeezy to Gucci Mane During 'Verzuz' Battle: 'I Wanted to Do This Sh*t for the Culture'

After Gucci played his 2012 track "Truth," Jeezy took some time to explain why he participated in the battle and how he and Gucci have impacted the culture.


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Thursday night's Verzuz battle was briefly put on pause after Gucci Mane decided to drop "Truth," his 2012 diss track that references the death of Jeezy's associate Pookie Loc.

Gucci Mane performs "Truth" in Jeezy's face on Verzuz #jeezyvsgucci

— TraeTL 🌆 (@75__South) November 20, 2020

Before Jeezy responded with a record, he took some time to speak his piece. He explained to Gucci—and the viewers—why he ultimately participated in the battle despite their years-long feud. 

"I'll tell you what. See when I even called you and extended this invite, my n***a, I did it as a real man," he began. "It’s been 20 motherfucking years—"

"Fifteen years!" Gucci interjected.

"OK, however many. You still talking the same shit," Jeezy continued. "... Let me talk."

"I don't wanna talk. I'm through talkin," Gucci said. "It's your turn to do the song. Are we gon' do music?"

"Let me say my piece ... I extended my hand because I'm a real man," Jeezy said. "The shit we came from in the street, dawg, you see that we been through it ... Twenty years. And when I said I wanted to do this shit 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 'cause we are the culture. You feel me? Me and you, where we came from, what we been through, n***a, us.

He continued: "All these kids out here doing what the fuck they do 'cause they saw what went on with us. This shit ain’t about me, it ain’t about you. This shit about King Von, this shit about Doe B, this shit about Nipsey Hussle, this shit about motherfucking Pop Smoke, Mo3. And I’m real enough to do that, n***a, because one thing about it, two things fo sho, three things for certain, n***a..."

At that moment, Jeezy's "Get Your Mind Right" began to play. 


Jeezy's reaction after Gucci played "Truth" #VERZUZ

— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) November 20, 2020

The moment received mixed reactions, with some viewers applauding Jeezy for appearing so honest and open. Others were more amused by the exchange, as it seemed Gucci was more interested in getting shots in rather than burying the hatchet.

Gucci Mane aint for no damn talking...... he just wanna get his disrespect in... while in person. I dont think he came here to have a 'hit for hit battle' ... i think he came to violate Jeezy infront of the world and look him in the face

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) November 20, 2020

Jeezy: man that shit was 20–

Gucci: 15 years nigga

Jeezy: however long ago it was that shit was a long time ago. We was young. We done with that


— Paradoxe, The Great (@Astronomikal1) November 20, 2020

Jeezy: “Let’s keep it peaceful”


— santana grant (@santagclaus_) November 20, 2020

Jezzy: I just wanna do this for the culture.

— Leon Langford (@MasonLLL) November 20, 2020

Gucci Mane: “Go and dig ya Patna up he can’t say SH*T”


— BEAN 🏁🏁🏁 (@MGRADS) November 20, 2020

Jeezy : “I came to you AS A MAN, and extended this invite..”

Gucci Mane :

— nathan (@868nathan) November 20, 2020

At the end of the battle, Jeezy and Gucci squashed their beef with a performance of 2005's "Icy," the track that sparked their 15-year-old feud.

"We appreciate y'all tuning in," Gucci said before speaking directly to Jeezy. "Ay, man, listen. I respect, I appreciate you for throwing out the olive branch. I accept that. No disrespect, it's all love."

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