The current kings of Atlanta, [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist], [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist] and [artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist], all gathered together on stage for the first time on Sunday at Philips Arena.
Young Jeezy headlined the No1 in the South Got Swagga Like Us concert and surprised the house when he brought out his onetime rivals to join him.
Tip and Luda have long put their feud behind them and collaborated on each other’s most recent albums. But beyond one club performance in the past, the rappers haven’t appeared much onstage together — but the Snowman changed all of that.
Luda tipped off fans to the momentous occasion beforehand through his Twitter feed, teasing, “Big show in Atlanta today at Philips Arena! If you don’t have your tix you’re about to miss out! Surprises galore.”
Later, he joined T.I. onstage for “On Top of the World,” their song from Tip’s album.
Though the pair’s previous feelings for each other were well documented, Luda downplayed talk of an actual beef .
“It was never what you would consider ‘beef,’ ” Luda told MTV News in September after the pair buried the hatchet. “Beef to me is when you talking about somebody’s family and they wanna punch the sh– out of your ass. Between me and him, it’s the original root of hip-hop. Little lines on wax. He and my manager had a disagreement that led to some stuff, but that was between two grown men, of course. Even that … that sh– lasted all of 30 seconds. It wasn’t what people made it out to be. … We would see each other all the time in Atlanta. It was really our lives, your entertainment.”
Shortly after Tip and Luda’s first record hit the streets last summer, the Disturbing Tha Peace boss joked there was no bigger moment in hip-hop than the former foes spitting on the same track. Prior to them swapping records for their latest albums , the only other time they appeared on a song together was the street version of Young Buck’s “Stomp,” where they took lyrical swipes at each other. But those times are long gone and A-town cheered on the unity in the building.
The trio of Jeezy, Luda and Tip basked in the crowd adoration and Luda then introduced the audience to the newest member of his DTP crew, former BME affiliate Lil Scrappy.
“Just got off stage at Philips Arena in ATL,” Luda Tweeted after the show. “If you missed it, myself, T.I., and Jeezy all on stage together for the first time. Lil Scrappy is DTP!”
Also billed as part of the show were [artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] and [artist id="2815934"]Shawty Lo[/artist].