During an appearance on Morning restlessness radio show on Monday March 8, Fif said he believed the hit-for-hit battle between Jeezy and Gucci was an effort for the rapper from Macon, Georgia to promote his album, The recession 2, which fell on November 20, 2020, the day after the Verzuz. Presumably 50 also feel this way due to Jeezy and Gucci’s longtime beef, which resulted in the death of Pookie Loc, a snowman friend and artist on his Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) label, and in Guwop spending time behind bars in self-defense in the murder of Pookie Loc.
“I think it was desperation on Jeezy’s part trying to sell a record,” said 50 Cent.
Asked by co-host Headkrack if Fif thinks Jeezy doing the song battle has helped him with his album sales, the rapper-mogul replied, “No.”
50 added, “The record didn’t sell. But I think that’s what led to it because they looked at how much a catalog would sell for and how much exposure you will get because it released a disc at that time. Other than that, I don’t know why you would do that because [Gucci] said, “You smoke on Pookie Loc.” “
Despite the thoughts of the founder of G-Unit Records on Verzuz de Jeezy and Gucci Mane, that was the talk of the city when it actually happened, garnering 1.8 million viewers at one point.
Elsewhere in the interview, 50 Cent cast doubt on the idea of seeing a Verzuz perform between him and another rapper.
He explained: “I thought Verzuz was something we did when we were stuck in the house. As soon as we got out of the house to come back outside, Verzuz doesn’t make sense to me. Verzuz for me it popped up and it was the hottest thing. I paid attention to it, I looked at him like everyone else. As soon as we were able to get outside, I don’t know why we are still doing it. “
Swizz beatz and Timbaland launched the Live Battles of Verzuz last March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, the Swizz and Timbo song contest series was acquired by Triller Network, the parent company of the Triller app.
Check out 50 Cent discussing the Battle of Verzuz from Jeezy and Gucci Mane below around 11:40.
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