On Thursday (November 19) the stars came face-to-face at Atlanta’s Magic City for the anticipated rap battle, ensuing within the webcast collection’ greatest ever viewing figures. In whole, there have been 1.8million concurrent viewers, greater than 126.8million in-stream likes and greater than 7billion impressions.
“On a minimal stage, 9.1 MILLION individuals watched this epic, legendary showdown between @jeezy and @laflare1017,” Verzuz added in a publish on Instagram. “As we noticed throughout the nation, there was a brand new phenomenon of Verzuz viewing events, in order that determine isn’t together with those that gathered in giant numbers collectively.”
It added: “This viewership quantity from final night time truly makes Verzuz greater in scores than the MTV VMA’s, NBC’s The Voice, the Billboard Awards, the CMA’s, the Latin Grammy’s, Dancing With The Stars or The Masked Singer respectively on any given night time for these primetime reveals this 12 months. OUR tradition has made us the highest present on the planet for music outdoors of The Grammy’s. Thanks infinitely! ??”
Jeezy and Gucci Mane have had beef ever since their collaboration, ‘So Icy’, was launched in 2005. Stress arose over which rapper ought to get credit score for the track and which one may put the monitor on an album. The 2 proceeded to launch diss tracks.
Later in 2005 5 armed males stormed into Gucci’s home, and Gucci shot at them, killing one: Pookie Loc, a rapper signed to Jeezy’s CTE label.
Gucci ended up serving time for the killing earlier than he was acquitted in early 2006 on the idea of self-defence. In a 2012 monitor referred to as ‘Reality’ he taunted Jeezy over Pookie Loc’s demise. One lyric reads: “I do know it’s exhausting so that you can sleep understanding you killed your homeboy / You left his son to be a bastard / Received’t even increase your individual boy” [report via Stereogum].
However the pair appeared to chill issues off in final week’s Verzus battle. As HipHopDX writes, the 2 rappers carried out ‘So Icy’ collectively for the primary time in 15 years and shook palms because the occasion concluded.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) November 20, 2020
“All these children out right here doing what the fuck they do cuz they noticed what went on with us,” Gucci stated at one pint throughout the battle.
“This shit ain’t ‘bout me, it ain’t ‘bout you. This shit about King Von, this shit about Doe B, this shit about Nipsey Hussle, this shit about muthafuckin’ Pop Smoke, Mo3 and I’m actual sufficient to try this, n****, as a result of one factor about it, two issues fo sho, three issues for sure, n****…”
Gucci added on the finish: “No disrespect. It’s all love.”
Verzuz pits producers, songwriters and artists towards one another in a rap battle model format on Instagram Stay and Apple Music.