Tag: Swizz Beatz

DMX Reportedly Had to Be Revived Three Times After Heart Attack; Family, Ruff Ryders and Community Hold Prayer Vigil

DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 on June 28, 2019; Fans of DMX attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation on April 5, 2021.Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images), Angela Weiss / AFP (Getty Images), Michael Loccisano (Getty Images) As DMX (born Earl Simmons) is on-watch at the hospital […]

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Social Distancing With Stacy Adams: Steve Harvey Is Hosting the Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire

Steve Harvey speaks onstage during 2019 Miss Universe Pageant on December 08, 2019.Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images (Getty Images) The shine of Steve Harvey’s teeth and the sheen of his mustache are providing the positive energy you may be feeling this week because the comedian-actor has just landed his next hosting gig! Advertisement On Tuesday, Verzuz […]

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Swizz Beatz and Timbaland Assures Us the Triller Acquisition Ain’t Changing a Thing When It Comes to ‘the Culture’ of Verzuz

Is there a “selling out” Verzuz “the culture” in business? In anticipation of the upcoming 52nd NAACP Image Awards, The Root sat down with Verzuz co-founders (and now NAACP Image Award winners) Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to talk about the event’s recent acquisition by Triller Network. Advertisement When anything fully Black-owned goes mainstream, the community […]

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Are You ‘Just Kickin’ It’ ‘Right Here’ at Home for SWV Verzuz Xscape This May?

SWV, top, perform onstage during Finding Ashley Stewart 2018 on September 15, 2018; Xscape performs onstage at the 31st Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 21, 2018.Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Ashley Stewart (Getty Images), Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ASCAP (Getty Images) Well, it looks like Mother’s Day weekend plans are sealed! […]

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Dr. Dre Opted Out Of ‘Verzuz’ After A Previous Guest’s Sound Issues

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz was a breakout hit last year, featuring performances from a plethora of big-name stars that made it must-see entertainment for folks stuck at home during the ongoing pandemic. The duo was even able to sell the show to Triller and offer their prior guests equity in the sale. However, despite […]

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Verzuz, ‘You Are Love’ for Your Upcoming Lineup and the ‘Reasons’ Include The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire

Ron, Rudolf and Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers perform on stage at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards on June 29, 2004; Earth, Wind & Fire perform at The Beacon Theatre on July 09, 2019.Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images (Getty Images), Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images (Getty Images) If this past weekend’s Raekwon Verzuz Ghostface Killah battle didn’t […]

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Triller Network Acquires Verzuz, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to Join Management Team

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland discussing a Verzuz event.Screenshot: Verzuz/YouTube It looks like it’s a case of owner money Verzuz executive money because creators Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have some huge news! According to Billboard, the streaming platform and global pandemic lockdown-era phenomenon has been acquired by Triller Network, which is the parent company of the […]

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And the Skippy Goes To! Here Are The Root’s 2nd Annual The Blackest Awards Winners

Illustration: Angela Alzona 2020 was a year. And I don’t mean that in a good way. Because this whole endeavor is about positivity, I won’t even speak on any of the negativity. What I will say is that 2020 did provide many moments of positivity in the form of movies and television, and the internet […]

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The 2021 Skippies: An Interview With the Bay Area About Whether or Not They Were Snubbed In the ‘Best Verzuz’ Category

Photo: Lachlan Cunningham (Getty Images) Last week, The Root dropped our nominations for the second annual The Blackest Awards, or more simply, the 2021 Skippies. The categories, both fun and serious, are fairly non-controversial. The nominations though, can sometimes tread into “Yo, how are you going to include X but not Y?” One such situation […]

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Swizz Beatz And Timbaland Hope To Do A Tupac Vs. Notorious B.I.G. And Michael Jackson Vs. Prince ‘Verzuz’

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are just two months away from the one-year anniversary of their Verzuz platform. It began when the duo hopped on Instagram live in March 2020 for a beat battle that saw them reach into their respective catalogs to play some of their best-produced records. Swizz and Timbo went far past the […]

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Always on Time? Ashanti Verzuz Keyshia Cole’s ‘New and Final’ Date Confirmed

Ashanti Douglas attends “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” first holiday party of the year at STK Los Angeles on October 22, 2019; Keyshia Cole attends the 2019 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019.Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Lifetime (Getty Images), Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images (Getty Images) I guess we’ll get to sing […]

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Verzuz’s Virtual Return Shows Celebs Have Always Lived in Different Worlds

On Friday, Verzuz postponed the Ashanti and Keyshia Cole battle set to air tomorrow night, breaking the hearts of R&B fans for a second time. “This has been an emotional week,” the VerzuzTV page posted on Instagram, citing Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol. “In addition, as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, safety is a top […]

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Verzuz Is Returning to Its Origins, Y’all—With Its Performers in Separate Locations

A collage of Verzuz battlesScreenshot: Verzuz/YouTube Many people have been hoping that 2021 will be a reset from the dumpster fire that was 2020 (turns out, it’s kicking off as its own special kind of dumpster fire). Normally, every new year is a time to hit the reset button, an opportunity to refresh. Well, it […]

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‘Blow the Whistle’! The Next Verzuz Will Be a ‘Rappers’ Ball’ With Too $hort and E-40

Too Short attends the REVOLT X AT&T 3-Day Summit In Los Angeles – Day 1 on October 25, 2019; E-40 attends the Roc Nation Summer Classic Charity Basketball Tournament on July 21, 2016.Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for REVOLT (Getty Images), Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images (Getty Images) You hear that? That’s the collective coalition of California yelling, […]

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Gucci Mane Verzuz Jeezy Was So ‘Icy’ and We Were So Stressed

Gucci Mane Verzuz Jeezy (2020)Screenshot: Tonja Stidhum/Instagram We survived Gucci Mane Verzuz Jeezy, y’all. In fact, it looks like there were no actual casualties…other than our peace of mind. Sure, things turned out fine in the end, but the super tense lead-up? Yeah, I’m still recovering… Advertisement But first, let’s backtrack for a minute… If […]

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A Verzuz Origin Story: Swizz Beatz and Timbaland Talk to GQ About Their Party-at-Home Hit

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland pose for the November 2020 issue of GQ.Photo: Alissa Ashley for GQ, Devin Christopher for GQ Just in time for the season 2 debut of Verzuz, the Instagram Live music battle showdown, the creators and award-winning producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland sat down with GQ to discuss how this pandemic-themed party […]

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‘Believe It or Not,’ Jeezy and Gucci Mane Will ‘Put On’ for the Verzuz, and I Think Black Twitter Loves It

Jeezy on February 07, 2020; Gucci Mane arrives at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 on October 6, 2018.Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows (Getty Images), Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET (Getty Images) The year 2020 is really bringing people together—first Will Smith and Janet Hubert…now this! Advertisement What is “this,” you ask? […]

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‘Can [We] Kick It’ With Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest at the ‘Player’s Ball’? Yep, Their Verzuz Is in the Works

Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, left, perform at Bestival at Lulworth Castle on September 9, 2017; Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast perform during the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival on June 6, 2014.Photo: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images (Getty Images), Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images (Getty Images) Season 2 of […]

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Swizz Beatz Reveals An Outkast And A Tribe Called Quest ‘Verzuz’ Battle Is ‘Pending’

In less than two weeks, the second season of Verzuz will kick off with a battle between T.I. and Jeezy. The upcoming tussle came to fruition after T.I. spent a few months scouting for a competitor. Possible candidates included 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes, but the “Live Your Life” rapper settled on Jeezy and the […]

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Did Timbaland Come and Talk to Us to Tease Jodeci for a Future Verzuz?

Jodeci Diary of a Mad Band album cover; Verzuz logo Screenshot: YouTube Have y’all been feenin’ for Verzuz ever since it ended? As Netflix’s Strong Black Lead editorial and brand manager and 2020 The Root 100 honoree Jasmyn Lawson told us, “I’ve loved every moment that we, as a community, have been able to come […]

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Black Thought Shouts ‘Good Morning’ With Pusha T, Killer Mike, And Swizz Beatz On Their New Single

Last month, Black Thought announced the release of his upcoming EP, Streams Of Thought, Vol. 3: Cain & Abel, and shared its first single, “Thought Vs. Everybody” shortly after. Originally slated for a July 31 release, Black Thought pushed the album back citing the delay was “for a good reason.” Making the wait for the […]

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