Written by Cyrus Langhorne
Former associates Young Jeezy and DJ Drama have settled their publicized differences and decided to drop their past beef with one another.
Speaking on DJ Drama’s nightly radio show, Jeezy expressed his feelings toward the popular mixtape deejay.
“You know nobody can ever change this history we made, we made classics,” Jeezy said in the interview. “And besides that, we opened up a lane for a lot of these young cats to come into the game. I seen more trappin’ in in the industry now than I ever seen. I know we had a lot to do with this…I just want everyone to know, just by me and you sitting here talking, that’s what men do. Now it’s back to the money, it’s back to the business. I aint gonna lie, I was caught up in my feelings.” (Hot 107.9)
Drama also spoke on the recent distance between them both.
“On my end its like even through everything, we weren’t speaking a lot, there was stuff in there. Then I realized we can agree to disagree,” DJ Drama said. “We are letting you know it’s bigger than us. We do what we do for yall. We are about to get so much more money, we are about to make so many more outlets for revenue for the city, for everybody to eat.” (Hot 107.9)
The deejay also turned things up a notch by surprising Jeezy with an unexpected call from incarcerated rapper Gucci Mane.
“That’s what it is homie,” Jeezy said to Gucci, accepting the peace calling. “What’s understood ain’t gotta be said, man. We gonna do this for the city, so you keep your head up. Me and Dram gonna hold it down, bruh and that’s what it is. 100. That’s what it is homie — that’s what it is man, it’s back to business man. Back to the money, back to the music. Back to the streets. We’re back for the city man. Believe that. We got more work to do — by the way, you snuck me with that phone call homie, for real.” (Hot 107.9)
After releasing his Gucci and OJ da Juiceman “23, 24” diss song last summer, Jeezy said he dropped the track as a response to shots from the fellow Southern rapper.
“It wasn’t a question of ‘Why do the song now?'” Jeezy said in an interview. “It was more so of when dude went away, did his little time or whatever – he came back. The sh*t was squashed…But as you know, Slick Pulla is locked up…He started taking shots on his little mixtapes….To be honest, I don’t have a problem with Gucci because I wear it — I have a problem with Radric [Gucci’s Mane’s given name]…This is what he does…He says what he says, then he hides his hands. Then when you say something, you’re the bad guy. I’m definitely not the aggressor in this situation. I’m just holding my business. I’m a grown a** man…I don’t got no reason to be picking on nobody or f*ck with nobody for no exposure. Come on, dog. I ain’t never did no sh*t like that to sell no records or get no notoriety. It’s personal because he keeps f*cking throwing rocks and hiding his hands, man.” (MTV)
Tension began to increase over the summer when Jeezy remarks from a September XXL Magazine interview landed online.
“Drama just started acting like a b*tch,” Jeezy said in an interview for the September issue of XXL Magazine. “Drama wanted to be Khaled, but he didn’t want to help nobody. He just changed, period. Look at his crew. The same n*ggas ain’t around him. You ain’t never been in no streets. I could never have no beef with a n*gga like that. He’s a cornball. You made millions off my mixtapes, to the point where the f*ckin’ feds scooped you up for bootlegging. I never even made the money he made off of Trap or Die or Tha Streets Iz Watchin, because they were selling and distributing them and making money…I’m not hating. But we will never do a mixtape together. I didn’t charge that nigga for [contributing a verse to the song “5000 Ones,” on Drama’s official Atlantic Records debut]. But then when I need [a tape for one of my artists], and you want to charge me $20,000? I’ll slap the sh*t out of Drama. He knows that. He wasn’t loyal. But me putting my hands on that man ain’t gonna make him respect what I’m saying. I’m just not gonna f*ck with him anymore.” (Karen Civil)
This later sparked a response from Drama in the form of a detail statement.
“After reading Jeezy’s unprovoked insults in that XXL article, it seems like the guy’s pretty emotional if u ask me!,” Jeezy wrote in a statement on Friday (July 31). “Now I’ve never spoken on our issues because I believe grown man business is just that, and running to the media to whine is not my thing…I never charged Jeezy for nuthin’. I did 2 Slick Pulla tapes (4th Ward Day, Election Day) for free and a Bloodraw tape (The Indictment Papers) for free. Anything Jeezy ever needed from me, I did without hesitation. He doesn’t want to deal with the real reason why he’s mad…The tension between us actually started when I deejayed his USDA release party (FOR FREE) and I played a Gucci Mane record. He stormed out of his own party and didn’t speak to me for about 2-3 months. Me being a DJ, I was just rockin’ the crowd and giving the people what they had been requesting. I don’t get involved in that other stuff…I could go deeper into his angry reaction to me working with Gucci but, again, I’m a stand-up guy. I’m loyal to those who are loyal to me. I’m not even thinkin bout Jeezy. Why all the tough talk to the dj who doesn’t say nothin to him but he doesn’t say nothin tough to the rappers that diss him like Pimp C? I was shocked by his cowardly attempt to try to slander my name in the upcoming XXL article. And what’s the most shocking is to see him side with the FEDs in my arrest! Wow, since when did that become gangster?!? I’m chillin, never said nuthin’ negative about dude. Check his character…or better yet, ask those around him that he’s done dirty. Ask the folks who ain’t with him anymore, like Coach K, Twin, his former security Big Sam, or my homie Roccett…” (Rap Radar)
Check out Young Jeezy and DJ Drama speaking on their situation below: