MTV News' "RapFix Live" caught up with Gucci Mane for his first on-camera interview since his release from prison, and the "Lemonade" rapper confirmed to Sway Calloway that he and his longtime rival decided to squelch any further altercations between their respective teams.
"On the strength of [the fact that] anything could have happened between not just me and him [but] between our camps, we just came to a sit-down of just respecting the fact that somebody can get hurt, and it ain't going to be us," Gucci said. "That's what made us do that."
Although the two trap stars came to rap prominence almost simultaneously — Jeezy was featured on Gucci's early hit "So Icey" — they began feuding soon after. Things quickly went from words on wax to real violence. In 2005, five men who were allegedly party of Jeezy's camp, stormed into a home where Gucci was visiting a woman. One of those men, who was thought to be affiliated with Jeezy (which he has vehemently denied), was later found dead.
Barbs were traded in song thereafter, with occasional confrontations between the two factions. However, during a 2009 radio interview with DJ Drama, Gucci — calling in from jail — and Jeezy said they were squashing their differences and mentioned the possibility of collaborating.
But Mr. La Flare, who just dropped his Ferrari Boyz collaboration with Waka Flocka Flame, offered an "I don't think so" when asked about the possibility of him and Jeezy creating music together again, adding, "We started the conversation, but I can't see it happening."
Royce Da 5'9", also a guest on Wednesday's edition of "RapFix Live," who famously feuded with D12 years ago, is no stranger to rap beefs and offered his own insight on the matter. "People need to realize that a lot of these beefs that stem from rap or stem from other things, it doesn't mean you have to make a song just because you squashed the beef," Nickel Nine said. "People should just appreciate that they're not beefing anymore; that's great in itself. They can stop there, and it's OK."
Fortunately for rap fans, the Detroit lyricist has recorded with a number of individuals he, at one point, wasn't on good terms with. Notable among them is Eminem, with the pair releasing Hell: The Sequel as Bad Meets Evil last June. Before Royce finally met up with Slim Shady again — the two had stopped speaking in 2003 — he first ended his beef with the late Proof and then the rest of D12. Sometime after, word got back to Eminem that there were no longer any issues between the MCs, and he called Royce. The phone call put in perspective how inconsequential all the previous back-and-forth was.
"I answered the phone. He said, 'Royce, it's Marshall,' " Royce recalled. "I said, 'What's up, Marshall?' And then we just started laughing. It's like embarrassing. It's so childish. That's what happens when you in your 20s: You grow out of that."
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