They put on for the city: Three of Atlanta's biggest hip-hop stars got on the radio Thursday night and squashed their beefs and friction.
The Snowman was a special guest on Drama's "Gangsta Grillz Radio" show on Atlanta's 107.9. Jeezy and Drama had been at odds for well over a year, and Jeezy yelled "F--- DJ Drama" during a New York show last fall promoting his Recession LP. Over the summer Jeezy told XXL magazine that Dram wasn't loyal and their falling out — in part — had to do with the man behind the Gangsta Grillz mixtape series wanting to charge a member of CTE (Jeezy's clique and label) $20,000 to do a mixtape. Drama denied the allegations. The tension between the two, however, spilled into the streets. Although Dram and Jeezy never physically collided, members of their crew got into a couple of minor scuffles.
On Thursday night, the bad blood was put to bed. Not only did Drama and Jeezy make amends, they also agreed to make the mixtape Trap or Die 2. Of course, the original is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixtapes of all time, and it took both of their careers into the stratosphere.
Talking to MTV News on Friday morning (December 4), Drama thanked the station's Hurricane Dave, Bu Thiam (a Def Jam exec and Akon's brother) and DJ Sense for helping to bring them together. Dram also said he doesn't have a drop date for Trap or Die 2, but said, "We're not gonna make [the fans] wait too long."
While the reunion of DJ Drama and Young Jeezy was a very pleasant surprise, Jeezy and Gucci Mane ending their rivalry was a huge shock: Gucci called into the station from jail (he received a 12-month sentence for parole violation last month).
"It wasn't the easiest thing," Drama told MTV News about setting up the call.
"It's way bigger than all of us. The way the city has been supporting all three of us, they deserve it," Gucci said about squashing the beef. "It's about that time. We getting older, growing, let's do it for the city."
"What we finin' to do?" Jeezy asked.
"We fining to make a movie. You know what we about to do," Gucci replied.
In other words, there could be a Gucci/ Jeezy collaboration in the works.
The two haven't worked together since making the song "So Icey" about five years ago, and they began trading myriad disses shortly afterward. Their rivalry hasn't been pleasant: Gucci even at one point tried to implicate Jeezy in an unsubstantiated conspiracy to have him killed, something Jeezy has always denied. More recently, Gucci took a lyrical shot at the Snowman and CTE on his Writing's on the Wall mixtape. Jeezy dissed Gucci in his "24, 23 (Kobe, LeBron)," 1614050 which dropped in June. Even in his verses on Rihanna's "Hard," Jeezy jokes about possibly adopting the moniker "Louis Mane" because of all the Louis Vuitton he wears.
However, Gucci seemed to be softening his stance a bit in the recent track "Worst Enemy," which dropped last month.
"Me, Jeezy and T.I share one thing in common," he raps. "Role model to young people, though at times man we still ignore it/ And y'all gonna owe respect to me and I don't like apologies/ Just dis me till you satisfied/ I swear it doesn't bother me ... Insults only show the world how y'all respecting me."
In an interview with radio personality Miss Info at the time, he said he didn't have time for beef with other artists anymore.
"Growing up," he said of the song's inspiration. "Growth — musically and as a person. I feel like I owed it to my fans. There's a lot of die-hard fans that have been writing me, praying for me. I gave it to them ... What anybody else does, doesn't stop my serenity. I'm good."
During the Thursday night radio interview, Drama said both MCs are so important to the A-Town and to hip-hop that if they aligned, they could change the world.
"I feel the time is now to do it," Gucci said. "I'm 100 percent with it. I'm 10 toes forward. I think it's a great idea."
"We gonna do this for the city," Jeezy said. "So you keep your head up. Me and Dram gonna hold it down. That's what it is, homie."
"I'm kinda speechless," Drama added. "This is a big statement, a big day for the culture, a big day for the city of Atlanta. I just witnessed something I didn't ever think I would see happen. What you guys just did set hip-hop straight."
"It's all love, though," Jeezy said. "Back to business, back to the music, back to the streets, back for the city man. Believe that. We got more work to do. Mixtape on the way, album on the way. Trap or Die 2 on the way."