T.I., who had originally been scheduled to go up against Jeezy, chimed in on Instagram with the announcement. “Now THIS…. Is what the people wants to see‼️,” he wrote. “Trap Muzik salutes y’all.”
Jeezy and Gucci Mane have had a long-running feud that dates back to 2005, when the “Wake Up the Sky” rapper was accused of shooting and killing rapper Henry Lee Clark III, an associate of Jeezy’s. Prosecutors dropped the murder charges against Gucci Mane in 2006, saying they didn’t have enough evidence.
Jeezy shared in a recent interview with “The Breakfast Club” that when Verzuz co-creator Swizz Beatz first talked to him about doing a Verzuz battle, trap’s founding father responded that he wanted to face off against rival Gucci. “I was like, ‘Yo, Swizz … If I do it, there’s only one person I’d do it with,” Jeezy said. “And he was like ‘Who?’ ‘Gucci, reach out to him. Let me know what’s up.'”
The “MLK BLVD” rapper then revealed that Swizz told him Gucci had declined. Said Jeezy, “”Cool. Done. Kept it moving. I was gonna do it for the culture.”
The Verzuz battle is set to stream live from Atlanta beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Apple Music.
See Gucci Mane’s announcement below: