Highlights: Brandy hearing a new Monica song and asking if it was the intermission music, Brandy telling the story of the time she geeked out and yelled “West side!” at 2pac, Monica refusing to give the audience live vocals on “The Boy Is Mine” while Brandy sang hers, the debate over whether Monica was wearing waist-high boots or leather pants obscuring high heels that culminated in Solange creating a Twitter poll in which pants won by a narrow margin. Storch’s story is complicated in a way that Mannie Fresh’s isn’t — by 2010, Storch’s career had become a cautionary tale about addiction and overspending — but repeat customers like Brown and newer stars like 6ix9ine and Russ sought him out in recent years, as Fresh’s relationship with Lil Wayne led to good placements on Tha Carter V and this year’s Funeral. Tory Lanez has chops, but French has connections. Who won: Millennials who grew up with the God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation album in lieu of secular hip-hop, who are now old enough to appreciate a show that starts at 5 p.m. and lets out before 8. Riley’s singing groups Guy and Blackstreet scored classics in “Piece of My Love,” “Groove Me,” and “No Diggity.” Saturday night’s main event drew the pregame excitement of a Tyson fight for the grown and sexy crowd. Who won? Remember that, in their prime, Pharrell and Chad Hugo were responsible for over 40% of the songs on the radio. 2 Chainz and Rick Ross are both southern rappers who toiled hard toward much deserved breakthroughs in the back portion of the aughts: Chainz with his group Playaz Circle’s “Duffle Bag Boy,” and Ross with his hit “Hustlin’.” Both artists found their musical footing years after attending college on sports scholarships and have since made a mint by threading engaging street narratives with borderline cartoonish moguldom, some of which you could see on display during the duo’s battle. That said, hits being repeated also highlights a need for greater variety in the cast of contestants, a concern Swizz and Timbaland seem to be addressing in the lineup going forward. The third Verzuz battle restored order as successful R&B singer-songwriters Ne-Yo and Johnta Austin matched wares. You might be surprised to hear how many they have helped create. He pulled a few too many of his biggest hits too early, and that cost him in the back half of the battle, when Boi-1da locked in, playing ten years’ worth of Drake hits. Babyface writes stately, masterful love songs for a long list of clientele that’s included Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, and Ariana Grande. Thanks to Instagram Live battles, viewers are able to witness a hitmaker's skills in going up against a peer song-for-song. Versus is een wereldwijd gegevensgestuurd vergelijkingsplatform dat meer dan 90 categorieën beslaat. You came away feeling uplifted, which is the mark of top-tier entertainment in quar. It was a little too close to call. It’s disorienting watching Verzuz pivot from safe, remote entertainment to hosting the kinds of parties we started streaming the series to avoid, and making appointment viewing out of a beef with an actual body count was irresponsible. March Madness came and went without a whisper but April brings the Battle of the Babies, rap’s most talked about competition finally coming to life. Prior to producing his own solo records like “Jesus Walks” or “Father Strecth My Hands,” he also lent a hand to JAY-Z on “Izzo (H.O.V.A), Beyoncé on “Party,” to Alicia Keys’ “You Don’t Know My Name,” and many more. As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the groups Commissioned and Radical for Christ, and later as a solo artist and a producer, gospel music giant Fred Hammond helped to push the form beyond the traditional sounds of early 20th century black church music, advancing on the gains made by R&B/gospel hybridists like the Winans and the Clark Sisters in the ’80s and embracing contemporary R&B across ’90s albums including Deliverance and Pages of Life - Chapters I & II. Who won? Instagram is dan weer erg visueel en sterk voor de interactie. This sounds like an offbeat matchup until you play a lot of their songs back to back and see the common threads. Who won? Verzuz is fun, simple, and wide open — maybe a little too wide open. came out in 2017. Facing off against Birdman is Baby Keem, hoping to use “Orange Soda” to fend off a lifetime of success from the OG Baby. The depth of the catalog made this battle a war of attrition; these are guys who can go song for song, artist for artist. Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are dancehall legends with a complicated history stretching across over 25 years of clashes, feuds, and reunions. The battle for hype in 2020 is between 645ar, who has four songs on Spotify (totaling about six minutes), and RMR, who completely dominated Twitter for a day with the release of his gospel-gangsta anthem, “Rascal.” At three minutes long, RMR would play “Rascal” four straight times while 645ar runs through his Spotify three times, before it becomes clear that this battle comes down to whose moment is strongest. dropped out of a planned Verzuz battle with Jeezy at the last minute, and Gucci stepped in as a replacement, everyone who knew the history couldn’t help but wonder if the series hadn’t just scheduled its first fistfight. Highlights: The-Dream playing mini-golf on camera as Garrett came in seemingly sloshed and delivered impromptu opening remarks, Dream showing off the demo version of Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” with himself on the hook instead of Justin Timberlake, Garrett spooking the crowd with love faces, famous spectators like Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, and Rick Ross getting fed up and acting out in the comments. He’s the go-to guy for Young Thug and his YSL crew like Gunna and Lil Baby, and also finds time to work with Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Rich the Kid, Young Nudy, and more. Either way, it’s the Verzuz that feels most like a promotional music-industry event. May the best (country)man win. Top Dawg is more established, though reliant on more hype than Dreamville. And when those run out, he can pull out the big guns: a good chunk of Kanye’s Graduation album, including “Big Brother”; and a song by said big brother himself, JAY-Z’s “Say Hello.” If Toomp is the prince (if not the originator) of trap, Michael “Mr. Working with Travis Scott inspired Cudi to tighten up foundations as a lyricist; as with Travis, style sometimes leapfrogs substance. —Jessica McKinney, Who you pick in a battle between Dreamville and Top Dawg Entertainment reveals more about your rap personality than you’d probably care to admit. And if he were to add in records he produced as part of the Neptunes, he would take things to another level. His solo albums Tender Lover, For the Cool in You, and The Day rank among R&B’s finest in any era. 2: Hard Knock Life to Drake’s Thank Me Later and beyond. Timbaland is the more compelling musician; there’s wilder stuff going on in a measure of a Timbo beat than a Swizz one seven times out of ten. Blackness won. Of course, fans would have to endure Diddy stopping every track to throw in an ad-lib or bust a quick dance move, but it would be worth it to hear him run through tracks like “Juicy” and “Hypnotize.” Big isn’t the only artist on Bad Boy’s roster to get some airtime. Probably too much, but I do. We lose, though, because, as Shaggy pointed out on Instagram over the weekend, neither artist is allowed in the U.S. since the government restricted access for Beenie, Bounty, Sizzla, and others in 2010. But Luger’s former partner picked up the torch when Luger slowed down to battle addiction and mental health issues. Verzuz needs more tact and more women. The night ended with an impromptu performance of “Icy,” the duet that started it all and, for now, appears to have put one of hip-hop’s coldest wars on hold. He plucked Notorious B.I.G. Southside and Lex originally co-founded 808 Mafia, but Luger left to strike out on his own. Who won? What’s the rundown? While we wait to find out what happens next, particularly after partnering with Apple Music in late July, let’s go over what we’ve seen so far, ranked from best to worst to absolutely doomed. 1,392 Followers, 2 Following, 11 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Ashanti vs Keyshia Cole Live (@the_battle_versus) —Jessica McKinney, Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih are the unsung heroes of hooks. Johntá’s catalog — see: Bow Wow and Ciara’s “Like Mine,” Chris Brown’s “Run It!,” Trey Songz’s “Can’t Help But Wait,” and Mariah’s “We Belong Together” and “Shake It Off” — fills out the picture of a bygone era of wholesome 106 & Park countdowns and carefree rhythmic contemporary radio fare. Gladys scored Motown classics with her family band, the Pips, including “If I Were Your Woman” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” and persevered long enough to have hits in the ’80s like “Love Overboard,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and the Bond theme “License to Kill.” Patti’s Blue Belles evolved from a ’60s girl group into the successful funk group Labelle, but her biggest hits would happen in her solo career with staples like “New Attitude” and the Michael McDonald duet “On My Own.” For Verzuz, the longtime friends and collaborators celebrated each other, sang as beautifully as they did at their peak, and offered words of encouragement for the generations coming up behind them. This is a battle for the sake of nostalgia. Two hitmakers with at least 20 songs under their belt go head … He’s less beholden to industry rules than Lil Baby or DaBaby, and leading an upstart Detroit scene into a new era. But the scales tipped, and the fight got good when Garrett pulled it together and started to match Dream song for song. It’s also worth noting that Bad Boy’s reign also includes Yung Joc, Dainty Kane, and Day 26. two-and-a-half-hour 2000s nostalgia playlist, a video of him publicly threatening his girlfriend and her father, the battle ran about as long as an Iron Mike match, talking about robbing people to Babyface songs. You could argue that Babyface won the first night after coming in hot with two Bobby Brown classics and remaining a good sport while Teddy’s full band, hype man, staff, and camera crew fumbled around with microphones and speakers, trying to livestream on two separate platforms and drown out a deadly echo Riley swore at one point was coming from the other guy. This one was too close to get hung up on scoring. Both artists are masters of tasteful love songs with hot streaks lasting through the mid- to late aughts. Their Verzuz battle was a master class in old friends with unresolved business. While Jeremih has typically stayed within the R&B genre, he has worked with a wide range artists from PartyNextDoor to Justine Skye and August Alsina. But the duo synced up as energetic performers and — let’s be honest — purveyors of problematic rap. It’s hard as nails! “Miss Me,” “Headlines,” “0-100/The Catch-Up,” and “Over” — all him. Sada Baby continues his hot streak and somehow outlasts DaBaby, who spent too much energy trying to escape round one and can’t compete with Sada’s gargantuan output. Music signee Legend over the years on songs including “Blame Game” and “They Say.” Both performers have worked in other mediums. (This is why contestants are only allowed to play a song up to the first chorus now.) Hit-Boy applied pressure with big radio records like Bey and Nicki’s “Feeling Myself” and Kendrick’s “Backseat Freestyle,” but Boi-1da had an answer for almost every one of them. Both hail from Atlanta and rose to prominence in the late-’90s run on male singing groups in the wake of Jodeci going on a long hiatus in 1996. It’s also interesting to see how both artists have transitioned from working R&B and hip-hop tracks to pop songs. I do.). It also matters that Dream let a comfortable lead slip, giving up too many points by leaving too much heat on the table. Griselda is just too tough with the way Benny the Butcher, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and the recently added Boldy James are able to harness a shared aesthetic, but this battle would be an entertaining bout. Singers who sound better than their records 50 years later won. It was too close to call. Luda was always going to win because Nelly’s hot streak ended effectively when he took four years to follow up 2004’s Sweat/Suit double, a stretch where Luda was on a tear making hits with Pharrell (“Money Maker”), Jamie Foxx (“Unpredictable”), Mary J. Blige ("Runaway Love”), Ciara ("Oh”), and Fergie ("Glamorous”). Even with a less consistent discography, 645ar would be able to simply outlast RMR to take the crown. Already a subscriber? What’s the rundown? Dream — who has helped craft scores of hits, including Beyoncés “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body,” and made memorable songs of his own in “Falsetto” and “Rockin’ That Shit” — was cordial and timely in his Sunday night scrap. Who won? How to watch Verzuz: Gladys Knight vs Patti LaBelle on Instagram If you're a Spotify user, then you'll skip Apple Music and open the Verzuz IG account and click on the LIVE button. Stinc Team relies heavily on Drakeo’s fantastic albums, including the just released compilation, Free Drakeo. Toronto’s Boi-1da has worked with Drake since his 2007 debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. Dupri’s R&B records probably run even deeper, but Diddy can keep up by playing tracks from Mary J. Blige, Jagged Edge, Faith Evans, and more. After a few rounds, they gave the series a name: Verzuz. As it stands, each battle goes 20 rounds, with each contestant playing a hit and hearing a rebuttal. Ne-Yo edged out the victory in the end, although this one is better appreciated as a two-and-a-half-hour 2000s nostalgia playlist than a formal beat battle. Highlights: Hit pulling his Rihanna card with the Anti banger “Woo” but then catching “Work,” Boi-1da showing up with a drop of Drake saying, “I should prolly sign to Hit-Boy ‘cause I got all the hits, boy,” on “0-100,” both producers previewing unreleased music by Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Drake, and Roddy Ricch. In the final round, the three seed Sada Baby uses his cultural cache to outlast a fading Birdman. Created and launched by superproducers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz in late March, “Verzuz” does sound a lot like a battle. Both Metro and London can switch things up and battle it out with R&B records like Summer Walker’s “Playing Games” (London) against the Weeknd’s “Heartless” (Metro). The streak continued in the next decade with T.I.’s “Front Back” and “Big Things Poppin’.” Scott Storch started out as a member of the Roots and grew into one of the go-to beatmakers and session players of the aughts, working with everyone from 50 Cent and Chris Brown to Paris Hilton and Brooke Hogan. Depending on the song, Tory Lanez is either an R&B singer employing rap cadences or a rapper with a keen ear for melody. Legend proved the more gifted singer with the more versatile catalog but met stiff competition in Keys and her trove of Billboard chart toppers. It was the tensest moment in Verzuz history, but cool heads prevailed as Jeezy urged Gucci to consider the youth that look up to them and the many rappers we’ve lost over the last few years. Or you could simply marvel at the fact that, somehow, finally, we got to see “Go Crazy,” “Steady Mobbin,” “Lose My Mind,” and “Bricks” performed in the same room without a brawl breaking out. Regional bias and generational schisms creep up. What’s the rundown? Highlights: Decades of hip-hop royalty camped out in the comments, RZA arriving in a sleeveless vest and gloves with Afro Samurai playing in the background, Premier calling the reviled Wu-Tang hit “Gravel Pit” a pop song and following with Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man,” RZA chasing the scorching Biggie diss track “Kick In the Door,” off 1996’s Life After Death, with “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” another diss track off the same album. —Shawn Setaro, London on da Track and Metro Boomin are two trap producers who have taken Atlanta’s music scene to new heights. Too many yearning, midtempo Jagged Edge songs in a row made the group’s catalog seem formulaic. It’s not our best gift idea, but sometimes it’s the only option. It was his hook on “Despacito” that helped Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee make history as the first Spanish song to peak at No. Verzuz reimagines the DJ battles of hip-hop’s early days for the “one gotta go” set. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz went … Swizz Beatz tells a funny story about how he and fellow hitmaker Timbaland came to co-create Verzuz, the weekly, real-time, virtual DJ battle on Instagram … Sada Baby is the darkhorse at number three, with Birdman at number four. Who won? The two squared off on records by Jay, Drake, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, and dozens more. The duo’s longstanding frenemy status (and the fact that both parties were present in the same room) made the night electric, especially in the middle of the battle when the cops paid a visit. Who won? This face-off is less about a winner and more about celebrating two hitmakers who have been such a large part of hip-hop music for nearly two decades. And Diddy’s footprint in hip-hop culture is just as impressive. Everything For $10 https://maschinemasters.com/shopDJ Premier and RZA battle it out for the golden era crown. Jagged Edge, a quartet fronted by identical twins, found Georgia producer Jermaine Dupri. In the battle, both producers played classics alongside a few newer songs, but the age gap in the crowd was palpable. Oscar Futures: Is It Time to Start Worrying About. It’s filled with scary monsters, gnarly weapons, and terrific visual storytelling. And he’s continued to work with the hottest artists: Travis Scott, Quavo, and countless others. Most recently, Mustard delivered two of the biggest (and best) songs of 2019, “Pure Water” with Migos and “Ballin” with Roddy Ricch, but that’s just the beginning. CB’s catalog as a featured guest might be a little more versatile. I’m giving the edge to Timbo for baiting Swizz into playing R&B and standing strong when his opponent’s (killer) stash of 2006 Beyoncé classics ran out, revealing his opponent’s shortcomings while showcasing his own strengths. Diddy and Jermaine Dupri are gatekeepers of the biggest club hits and dance records of the ’90s and 2000s. Their competition was a clash of rap titans that’ll go down in history. Erykah Badu and Jill Scott to Battle on Next Episode of VERZUZ: An exciting female-led bout for the Instagram Live music series. —Shawn Setaro, DJ Toomp has been a Southern hip-hop pioneer since he was working with Raheem the Dream and MC Shy-D back in the ‘80s (to hear his memories of those days, check this 2017 interview I did with him). Highlights: 112 randomly bringing out new jack swing legend Keith Sweat, Jagged Edge playing “Nasty Girl” (their song off the posthumous Frankenstein job Biggie Duets) and getting hit with “Sky’s the Limit” off Life After Death, Jagged Edge catching jokes into the night about bad sound quality and shaky WiFi. Met Facebook kun je juist door middel van events en (privé) groepen, bouwen aan een community. Women won. Or you could argue that letting the worst jab of the night go unanswered is a kind of loss. Ludacris and Nelly rose to prominence in 2000, when gifted southern and midwestern rappers like Eminem and Juvenile built on the success of pioneers like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, UGK, and Three 6 Mafia, breaking the Northeast and West Coast’s stranglehold on mainstream hip-hop once and for all. Highlights: Gucci asking former Georgia congressional representative and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to wipe his criminal record when she called in to urge voters to participate in the state’s crucial Senate runoffs in January. All rights reserved. This was true from Jay-Z’s Vol. Verzuz Battle Gets Tense as Gucci Mane Mocks Jeezy Over Friend's Death Gucci Mane, Jeezy Verzuz Battle Gets Tense, Heated ... Gucci Plays Diss Track 'Truth' 6.8K; 11/19/2020 6:17 PM PT While we all remain indoors during quarantine, theGrio has 10 Fantasy Instagram Live battle match-ups that would most certainly break the internet. In spite of these minor issues, Verzuz is making drab weekends and weeknights feel fun again and restoring a spirit of friendly competition to the game. At seven is the Dale Earnhardt of rap, Big Baby Scumbag, and rounding out the bracket is Bhad Bhabie, who doesn’t really stand a chance, but we needed eight artists so why the hell not? Gucci Mane and Jeezy are Atlanta rap figureheads who fell out early in their respective careers over a misunderstanding involving their 2005 collaboration “Icy” that spun out of control when affiliates of Jeezy’s attempted to rob Gucci, and Gucci fatally shot one of the men on the scene. Throughout quarantine, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz battle series has grown from a novel event bridging hip-hop’s past and present into uplifting excitement in our indoor spring and summer, joining DJ sessions by D-Nice, Questlove, and others (as well as Tory Lanez’s unpredictable, short-lived Quarantine Radio series) as the must-see remote-but-live viewing for rap and R&B fans while live shows and festivals are sidelined by COVID-19. It’s a simple eight-team tournament headlined by DaBaby, Lil Baby, and Sada Baby, with the veteran baby, Birdman, trying to make one last run towards glory. Collipark” Crooms is the prince of crunk—a title he cemented by producing the Yin Yang Twins’ “Wait (The Whisper Song).” But he’s a lot more than that. #legacy #legend #celebration #babyface #teddyriley #versus #battle How a presumptive Game of the Year botched its launch. New York rhymer French Montana is a trap artist whose true gift is hooks; the catalog of hits he’s featured on is surprisingly deep. The first Verzuz battle after a recently announced partnership with Apple Music was also the first to offer a landscape-mode option, breaking up the off-the-cuff feel of the early Instagram Live meets (though it was simulcast on IG, so you could still watch if you’re not an Apple Music subscriber). We heard about six songs in the first hour and a quarter, after which point Riley asked for 20 more minutes to work out sound and Babyface quietly escaped and promised to reschedule the already rescheduled battle. And for that all-important last round? Highlights: Lanez playing “Kika” from Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Day69 but refusing to acknowledge whose song it was, French nonchalantly smoking hookah, Lanez being a good sport about losing. 112 brought in songs with Mase, B.I.G., Mobb Deep, Puff, and Faith to balance out the syrupy album cuts. If you thought Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s IG battle went for a long time, Alchemist and Madlib would definitely keep you up past your bedtime running through all their classics. Erykah Badu and Jill Scott perform in the first women's Verzuz battle on Instagram Live "You inspired me," Teddy Riley told Babyface during their livestream. Ab-Soul will spend 20 minutes railing about conspiracy theories before he even gives you a song, and Jay Rock is just trying to convince you to give him a chance. Everyone who couldn’t miss a night of internet engagement for cheering a guy with a grisly DV case has something to work on. —Shawn Setaro, Tay Keith was our producer of the year pick for 2018—which was shocking, considering that he effectively came out of nowhere, having only a handful of credits to his name and he was still in college at the time. View this post on Instagram Rooftop!!! You can be a legend with decades of hits and lose the crowd trailing too far away from radio. Regardless of who takes it, this would be a phenomenal battle between two of rap’s most exciting crews. The landscape changes daily, but as of now, in this outrageous hypothetical no one asked for, Sada Baby is rap’s best baby. Saving this battle from the bottom ranking is the Monday night rematch, which went down without many technical difficulties or really any Teddy Riley razzle dazzle. The thought and precision that goes into each record is something worth marveling at. Relations between the pair have been frosty at best ever since, such that when T.I. The battle between the Doctor and the Warlord proved both to be gifted performers, hitmakers, and guest features on other artists songs. The partnership only expanded from there, culminating in the iconic “What U Know.” Plus, there are classics with Jeezy, Ludacris, and other ATL-iens. This one’s for the kids, and it just might be more lively than any other battle on this list. Where would we be if Ty didn’t come through with his hook on 2010’s “Toot It and Boot It” or 2014’s “Or Nah”? And Pi’erre’s more relaxed beats have kept artists like Carti and Young Nudy coming back to the well again and again. What’s great about Diddy and Jermaine Dupri is that they have something for every type of fan. What’s the rundown? Airing since March, the weekly Instagram Live show features musicians and producers competing against one another with their back catalogs. But it’s tough to say that common sense truly won the day, as masks were scarce at Magic, and by all accounts, the after-party was a clusterfuck. Kendrick is in a league of his own, obviously, but DAMN. Babyface vs. Teddy Riley (Parts 1 & 2), Everybody Had Jokes for Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz Battle, 14 Depressing Royal Anecdotes Princess Diana Revealed in Her Tell-All Book, “I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that shit.”, Drew Barrymore’s Alter Ego Is Comedy-Club Owner Mitzi Bananamore, Director James Gunn Has One Question About Space Force’s New Member Title, VP Mike Pence revealed personnel working for the service will be known as “Guardians.”, While Chloé Zhao takes home Best Director for, George Clooney Tried to Swoop In and Rescue Ben Affleck From Being Batman, It’s (Almost) Too Late for Shipping, So Send These E-Gift Cards Instead. 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