During a recent appearance on the Bootleg Kev Podcast, the Gary, Indiana rapper detailed his surprise encounter with his former CTE World boss and expressed his “relief” at finally burying the hatchet.
“I seen him at the airport. Damn, that’s crazy bro. World premiere, n-gga,” he began. “I seen Jeezy at the airport with his wife. I was with my girl. We shook hands and hugged and was just like, ‘Man, salute.’ It was just, like, ‘Damn.’ It was a relief for both of us, I feel like.
“We exchanged numbers and we both got on a plane and that was it. It was one of the most beautiful things ever, I think. I been put it behind me, but I had to, like, see him. And then when you look back, man, it wasn’t really nothing. That was fucking a music disagreement.”
He continued: “I didn’t really have nothing against Jeezy; I looked up to Jeezy. Jeezy one of my favorite rappers. I learned a lot from him. I learned how to really carry myself in this rap game by being around him. So I think that was just a misunderstanding, a miscommunication.”
Freddie Gibbs explained his and Jeezy’s issues were never personal — unlike his other rivalries in the rap game — while taking blame for their relationship falling apart.
“It ain’t like all this other shit with these other little fuck n-ggas. When I see them, I’ma slap the fuck out of them,” he said. “But it’d be times where we’d be in the same places — it’s the rap game, of course — but it wasn’t nothing violent happening or no shit like that or nobody was disrespecting each other too bad.
“We said things, but for the most part, we both men and I think that we was both trying to get our points across and just communicated it badly. And I take the blame for that ’cause I should have just sat tight and let my work speak for itself instead of speaking on it publicly at all.”
He added: “I think what really set me off is when they asked him about me publicly. I wish he would have just deflected that. But then I took that shit too far. I look at that situation as another learning experience. That was something that I needed in my career. I needed that opposition, so to speak.”
Jeezy signed Freddie Gibbs to his CTE label in 2011 but they parted ways on bad terms the following year. The pair went on to diss each other on songs such as Gibbs’ “Real” and Jeezy’s “Therapy for My Soul.”
“Me and Jeezy still ain’t spoke in years, but I got love for him / Could’ve talked it out, but I spoke out, I let it get to me / Showed me I could be a fuckin’ boss, best thing he did for me / I needed to grow, too immature, it’s shit I needed to know,” he rapped.