It appears that T.I. is trying to build what he bills as the “Mt. Rushmore of Trap Music,” with fellow influential Southern trap music emcees Jeezy and Gucci Mane. There’s been a deep rift between Jeezy and Gucci Mane for years however, but T.I. is attempting to use his platform to heal hip-hop.The beef between rappers Jeezy, at the time still Young Jeezy, and Gucci Mane stems from a collaboration that ultimately wasn’t released. Back in 2005, the two rappers collaborated on a song called “Icy,” and when Gucci was asked for permission to include the song on Jeezy’s album by Def Jam, he was turned down.

Gucci then claimed that Jeezy was upset and started dissing him, while Jeezy claimed he didn’t like the record to begin with and wasn’t going to be included on his solo project. From there, Jeezy heard that Gucci Mane was about to diss him and Jeezy beat him to the punch. From there over the years, things continued to escalate.Now, it seems as T.I. wants to try and bury the hatchet between the two, in order to represent for their genre of music together.

T.I. knows more than a little about trap music. Tip, along with the two rappers previously mentioned, are considered some of the first successful artists in the genre of trap music, an offshoot of hip-hop that was unique to the Southern regions of the United States. T.I. is such an influential figure in the history of trap music that he has proclaimed himself “King” of the genre and used the motifs within his music and even personal life.

In 2018, T.I. became a curator and opened The Trap Music Museum in the birthplace of Trap music, Atlanta. The Trap Music Museum is an ode to the major contributors of the subgenre and documents the lifestyle of “trap.” T.I. told Complex, “If you enjoy trap music, and you’re interested in the culture and you want to know the details of the experiences and the most significant contributors, this is the place where you come to observe that.”

It seems as if T.I. wants to recreate Mt. Rushmore for his own museum, but first that means helping Jeezy and Gucci Mane reconnect and talk out their long-standing beef. It seems as if one part of the party is open to it, appearing on T.I.’s ExpediTIously podcast and discussing it openly – Jeezy.

“We can’t have that conversation without addressing the elephant in the room,” said T.I. to Jeezy without mentioning Gucci Mane’s name initially. “There’s a third member of the Mount Rushmore of Trap Music, that neither one of us care to mention or speak to that much. Now, what do you think is necessary to bring that together, if anything?”

The two continued to discuss what it would require, with Jeezy saying that it would require “one of them mafia backroom conversations,” and claiming that it really has to be a “convo.” He also shared with T.I. that the two had actually chatted before.

“To keep it all the way honest, me and bro done sat in a room and had a real conversation,” revealed Jeezy. “In a sushi joint. It was close. I can’t lie, it was close, but he got locked up around that time and communication went dark. Im’a keep it a buck, it was close. It was real close.”

There seems to be a slight chance that T.I. may get his wish between the two, especially given that they’ve already discussed things at least once on their own. With all parties being older now and more seasoned in the business, let’s hope that peace reigns and T.I. succeeds in helping to catalog another aspect of Black music.

See the interview below.