Remember that, in their prime, Pharrell and Chad Hugo were responsible for over 40% of the songs on the radio. And both have more than their share of songs that were not only hits, but also went on to define an entire era in hip-hop—an era we are still, in a lot of ways, in the midst of today. What’s the rundown? 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. The third Verzuz battle restored order as successful R&B singer-songwriters Ne-Yo and Johnta Austin matched wares. ScHoolboy Q is a good second star, but he seems more interested in golfing and raising a family than aspiring for the charts at the moment. The rules came together on the fly through trial and error. Otherwise, mess was thankfully at a minimum. Women won. The two squared off on records by Jay, Drake, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, and dozens more. (Lanez’s Quarantine Radio pairs the raunchy humor of a radio shock jock with a steady stream of famous guests like Megan Thee Stallion and Drake and a long line of fans ready to twerk on camera. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” in 1996 (the track also broke YouTube and streaming records). Still, Verzuz needs more talent from different regions and different eras, and it desperately needs more women. The Roc’s dynasty would have been short-lived without Just’s blazes for Hov, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, and the like. It was a little too close to call. But that didn’t stop him from killing the game with “Look Alive,” “Nonstop,” and of course “Sicko Mode.” If you heard his producer tag, you knew it was a can’t-miss song. The battle was a trip back to a raunchier, more reckless time, as X played faves like “Money, Cash, Hoes” and Snoop responded with villainous career highlights like “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None).” When the duo later freestyled back and forth, Snoop reminded us that he’s just as good at rhyming off the top of his head as he is at writing songs, and X barked out a litany of threats and trash talk, forgetting what decade we were in at one point and dropping an F-bomb (the other one). Met Facebook kun je juist door middel van events en (privé) groepen, bouwen aan een community. And Pi’erre’s more relaxed beats have kept artists like Carti and Young Nudy coming back to the well again and again. Relations between the pair have been frosty at best ever since, such that when T.I. 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. If Brandy versus Monica was for the feuding cousins, Gladys versus Patti is for the aunties. Alchemist most recently commented on a possible Instagram Live battle in an interview with Eliott Wilson, saying Madlib would “absolutely destroy me,” but here’s hoping this still goes down. But that’s far from it for each of them. Run back Jay-Z’s “Jigga My Nigga.” The melody doesn’t make sense. Highlights: Scene-setting poetry from Nikki Giovanni before the battle, Jill revealing that the hook for the Roots’ “You Got Me” (which she wrote and Erykah sang) was the first piece of music she ever wrote, the comforting lighting, that split second where both singers made a scrunch-face and it turned into a meme. 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”? 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. Stinc Team relies heavily on Drakeo’s fantastic albums, including the just released compilation, Free Drakeo. The battle will take place Saturday, April 11 on Instagram live. Off the heels of My Turn, we have Lil Baby in at number one, with DaBaby a close behind two seed. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. What’s the rundown? The latter had his day as rap’s best baby, but in 2020, Sada’s reign is only beginning. Back to back bangers and lively banter from these two made this battle less of a war and more of a club night. Highlights: Both sounding incredible in their late 70s; mic control; Patti kicking the night off with a dance routine to “All Right Now” that gave Mary J. Blige a run for her money; Gladys singing “Midnight Train to Georgia” twice and no one caring about the repetition; Patti kicking her shoes off during “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and having backup footwear options on her desk; every celebrity that got roasted for projecting in the comment section; Dionne Warwick joining the pair for “Superwoman” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” reuniting the lineup from the trio’s iconic 1986 HBO special, Sisters in the Name of Love, which, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already watched this month. 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 Instagram en Facebook zijn allebei zeer geschikt voor leadgeneratie en community building. It’s filled with scary monsters, gnarly weapons, and terrific visual storytelling. And he’s still going to this day, working with the A-list of the A-list (Beyoncé, Eminem). When Babyface first delayed his battle with Teddy Riley this month (as the R&B icon born Kenneth Edmonds took time to get back to good health after testing positive for the coronavirus), fans wondered who’d fill those shoes over Easter weekend. As it stands, each battle goes 20 rounds, with each contestant playing a hit and hearing a rebuttal. The battle was the first Verzuz night to carry an official sponsor, thanks to Diddy and Ciroc, at once a logical conclusion for the series and a puzzlingly bad idea, because the last few times Fab’s name made national news, it was for a video of him publicly threatening his girlfriend and her father, an arrest for domestic violence, and a rumored plea deal for the case. Both songwriters cherrypicked their best material, for the most part, although Johntá could’ve applied pressure with a few more platinum Mariah joints. The battle between the Doctor and the Warlord proved both to be gifted performers, hitmakers, and guest features on other artists songs. Highlights: Kirk Franklin owning up to the fact he looks like the rapper Plies, powerful words of comfort from Bishop T.D. And he’s continued to work with the hottest artists: Travis Scott, Quavo, and countless others. Two hitmakers with at least 20 songs under their belt go head … In the battle, both producers played classics alongside a few newer songs, but the age gap in the crowd was palpable. Regional bias and generational schisms creep up. If you’re not feeling the rap segment of this battle, allow them to transition to another genre. Diddy and Jermaine Dupri are gatekeepers of the biggest club hits and dance records of the ’90s and 2000s. 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. Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight will go head-to-head in a Verzuz battle. Legend proved the more gifted singer with the more versatile catalog but met stiff competition in Keys and her trove of Billboard chart toppers. Watch Jill Scott and Erykah Badu’s Instagram Live Battle #Verzuz #InstagramLive Who won? But only one can truly represent the Maple Leaf in this battle for Canadian supremacy. 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. Who won? We were blessed with Neyo versus Johnta Austin, Scott Storch versus Mannie Fresh, and T-Pain versus Lil Jon. The two hip-hop stars will go live Saturday on Instagram in a battle of hits. Ronny J produced one of the songs that really kicked off the SoundCloud rap wave (in fact, you can hear that argument here), Denzel Curry’s “Threatz.” And Pi’erre’s work with everyone from Playboi Carti to Trippie Redd and (admittedly against his will) 6ix9ine helped the movement hit its commercial heights. 453.1k Followers, 121 Following, 384 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from VERSUS (@versusbattleru) —Jessica McKinney, You can’t discuss the last decade of music without bringing up Mike Will Made-It and Mustard. 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. 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. You’d hear Jagged Edge’s “Where the Party At” in the same urban radio block as 112’s “Peaches and Cream.” But the Memorial Day battle illuminated the differences between two groups with very similar career trajectories. —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). Already a subscriber? You might be surprised to hear how many they have helped create. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. 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. 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. All rights reserved. On a field where the biggest hit always takes the point, songs like “Stay Schemin’” and “Pop That” are always going to demolish “Ferris Wheel” and “K Lo K,” even if they’re all good songs that share aesthetics. Dupri also fostered the career of millennial heartthrob Bow Wow, producing a majority of his discography. After 10 Years on the Moon, Kid Cudi Comes Back Down to Earth. What’s the rundown? 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. David Fincher’s Old Hollywood drama all but blanked at this week’s critics’ awards. What’s the rundown? Over half a million people tuned into Monday's rescheduled Teddy Riley 'Verzuz' Babyface battle on Instagram. The Instagram Stories feature alone — that series of bubbles at the top of the app that shows people’s shared photos and video clips for up to 24 hours — has grown to … Fabolous and Jadakiss are both New York City hip-hop veterans, the former, a mixtape killer turned certified hitmaker from Brooklyn, and the latter, a Yonkers-born alumnus of the Bad Boy and Ruff Ryder Records cliques and one third of the LOX with Styles P and Sheek Louch. Few songs have been more influential than Lex’s “Hard in da Paint,” and the successes that followed in its wake, from “B.M.F.” to “H.A.M.” and even some songs without acronyms, set the stage for pretty much every trap producer who followed. Who won? In the ’90s, he produced the early Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Big Tymers, B.G., and Hot Boys albums in full, making beats essentially from scratch. Recently taking to Instagram Live, the Verzuz battle founders founders, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, teased fans with the news. There aren’t knockouts. With recent remixes from Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt, Drakeo and his squad have the clout to go head-to-head with Griselda, but the sheer depth of the Buffalo crew might be too much for Stinc Team’s role players to handle. Probably too much, but I do. Christmas Movies About Bloggers, Ranked by Realism, Yikes, a Whole Bunch of Shows Shut Down Due to COVID This Week. 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. That slow and steady rise just exploded in 2018 when he co-produced “Nice for What.” And things have been at hyper-speed since then, with songs for almost every major artist you can think of. It was his hook on “Despacito” that helped Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee make history as the first Spanish song to peak at No. For the last two-plus months, few things have kept us from going totally stir crazy as much as the Verzuz Instagram battle series, co-helmed by … 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. Best known for drums that pop like bombs, West Coast rapper and producer Hit-Boy has scored songs by Jay, Kanye West, Bey, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj. After a hilarious couple minutes of trying to figure out how to pin a comment on IG Live, the duo settled in, played a bunch of classic records, talked trash, threw shade, and reminded everyone why we consider them to be R&B greats. 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. The outrageous showdown between Atlanta-based hitmakers The-Dream and Sean Garrett is the reason Verzuz now has ground rules. The premise is simple: Two prominent producers (or singers or songwriters) pair up live on Instagram and compete to decide who has the better catalog. (Do you ever imagine what could have been if Jay-Z got the “Breathe” beat? In the label’s heyday, everyone from Mase to Lil Kim and 112 was pumping out hits. These two could go toe-to-toe with some of the greatest hits of the decade. It’s business as usual for a community where the slightest talk of accountability is quite often met with grumbling indifference. Jadakiss ran off with it because he has written no less than a dozen songs better than the best Fabolous song. How to watch Verzuz: Gladys Knight vs Patti LaBelle battle on Instagram Live and Apple Music. 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: 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. The inaugural Verzuz battle is the longest and hardest to call. Dreamville fans will obviously point to J. Cole’s ability to go platinum without any features, EarthGang as the second coming of OutKast and J.I.D’s DiCaprio 2 as the best thing out of Atlanta since Thugger. 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. After a few rounds, they gave the series a name: Verzuz. The New York native built his legend on gritty sonics and brash funk and kung fu samples, shoveling a heap of dirt from the underground onto mainstream hip-hop’s doorstep in the early ’90s with classics like Enter the 36 Chambers, Liquid Swords, and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. 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. "We keep each other on our … Verzuz reimagines the DJ battles of hip-hop’s early days for the “one gotta go” set. Dive in below. 112 was discovered by Diddy as Bad Boy Records took flight on memorable albums from Faith Hill and Biggie. And his contribution on DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” was the glue that held verses from Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne together. The battle, organized by Swizz … Virginia innovator Timbaland was the era’s other go-to. A lot happens in “The Rescue,” including a final scene that upsets the series’ status quo, leaving us much to ponder as we wait for season three. He can jump from singing on the hook on rap tracks like Bow Wow’s “Shortie Like Mine” or Ace Hood’s “Body 2 Body” and then transition to pop and R&B duets like his Jordin Sparks collab “No Air,” or Brandy’s “Put it Down.” No matter who he’s on the song with, he instantly becomes the main focus due to his unrivaled riffs and ad-libs. Instagram is dan weer erg visueel en sterk voor de interactie. You could argue that Jeezy sticking to his foundational classics and mid-career hits was marginally more successful than Gucci blowing points on spite and flexing the depth of his catalogue by playing (not quite universally beloved) pop-star collabs like “Wake Up in the Sky” with Bruno Mars and “Both” with Drake. Brandy took it, but Monica held her own, even if she started to run out of hits toward the end. Luda’s porn-rap anthem “What’s Your Fantasy?” completed his pivot from Atlanta-area radio host to airplay mainstay. 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. 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. A battle between Just and the Heatmakerz would be a mindblowing feast of high-pitched vocal samples and classic hooks. Highlights: Toni Braxton on the warpath on Twitter, Mariah Carey and Adele getting jokes off, Babyface playing “Change the World” on acoustic guitar while Teddy figured out sound on Monday, Raekwon in the comments talking about robbing people to Babyface songs, Riley’s team trying to sort out mic problems by bringing in even more mics, Babyface getting a little dig in about social distancing while Riley streamed from a room with what looked to be ten heads present but no masks in sight, the MEMES. #legacy #legend #celebration #babyface #teddyriley #versus #battle And Wheezy is quickly becoming the future of Atlanta. Verzuz attaching its first branded night to that guy in a summer where women from all over hip-hop media are coming forward with experiences of mistreatment by male coworkers and superiors isn’t just tone deaf. 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. 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