Tag: verzuz

Jodeci Is Unbeatable In a Verzuz Battle: A Scientific Breakdown of Black Excellent Proportions

Screenshot: Jodeci “Freek’n U” Video As is often the case after Verzuz “battles,” folks get to ruminating on potential matchups, etc. Also, I’m folks; I do this after every Verzuz. Last night’s love-fest featured Method Man and Redman, two staples of 90s era hip-hop, though Method Man has become quite the actor, and Redman is, […]

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Verzuz Alert! Blaze Up & Chill Out With These OG Rappers in Honor of 4/20

Rapper/actors Method Man (R) and Redman arrive at the 2004 Fox Network TCA Summer Party on July 16, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Last month, we witnessed the iconic Verzuz matchup between Wu-Tang Clan members and two of New York’s finest Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Now, we’re being blessed with another […]

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DMX Is on Life Support in a ‘Vegetative State’ Following Heart Attack, Per Ex-Manager

Earl Simmons, aka DMX leaves the U.S. District Court after being arraigned, July 14, 2017.Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP (Getty Images) Following the shocking news that DMX (born Earl Simmons) suffered a heart attack, we have received updates of the 50-year-old rapper’s health status. Advertisement According to the New York Times, DMX’s ex-manager Nakia Walker confirmed that […]

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The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire Took Us on a ‘Voyage to Atlantis’ and We Experienced a ‘Fantasy’

The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire (2021)Screenshot: YouTube Have you ever experienced something and you just knew you became an elevated version of yourself after said experience? That was Easter Sunday 2021 for all of Black Twitter and beyond, due to the epic event that was The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & […]

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The Best Homages To The Isley Brothers And Earth, Wind & Fire

In mid-March, music lovers went understandably and rightfully berzerk after news that legendary R&B groups The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire would be the next big names to hit up Verzuz, social media’s hottest head-to-head music battle. The musicians are slated to appear on the program April 4, and fans can stream the […]

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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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Earth, Wind & Fire, The Isley Brothers, Method Man, And Redman Are Among The Next ‘Verzuz’ Contestants

On Saturday, Verzuz made its return with a hip-hop focused battle between Wu-Tang Clan members, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. The matchup saw fans head on a trip down memory lane through the artists’ respective catalogs, both as solo acts and with their Wu-Tang cohorts. From Ghostface’s Supreme Clientele and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx […]

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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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The Black Messiah aka D’Angelo Made His Verzuz Debut to Close Out Black History Month and I’m Still Not Over It

D’Angelo performs at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) Y’all. I’m still not over it. No, seriously—I’m not. It’s been nearly 48 hours since the ever-elusive artist D’Angelo blessed us all with his “D’Angelo and Friends” Verzuz battle at the legendary […]

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Ghostface Killah And Raekwon Will Bring Their Classics To The Table In An Upcoming ‘Verzuz’

The music world is still recovering from a great display of R&B talent thanks to D’Angelo’s Verzuz show on Saturday night. Rather than facing another artist like other participants on the platform have done, the legendary singer put on a concert that saw him go through his beloved albums — Brown Sugar, Voodoo, and Black […]

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D’Angelo’s ‘Verzuz’ Was Supposed To Be Against Maxwell And Take Place On Valentine’s Day

It’s been more than a month since the last Verzuz battle, one that took place between Keyshia Cole and Ashanti. While the platform made its return on Saturday night, the rules were a little bit different this time around. Rather than a matchup between two artists, legendary R&B singer D’Angelo took the stage for what […]

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What If: What The Skippies Winners Would Be Wearing If We Could Actually Party

Close your eyes and think back to when afterparties were a thing and we could all go out dressed to impress, looking our best and being the flyest of all the guests. Well, that’s where we would be right now since The Blackest Awards were just released and we’d be partying it up with the […]

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28 Days of Black Joy: The Imminent Return of D’Angelo

Photo: Mark Metcalfe (Getty Images) He’s not always there when you call, but Michael Eugene Archer—better known by his stage name D’Angelo—is sure as hell always on time. We first became acquaintances back in 1994 when he penned the anthemic “You Will Know” for the Jason’s Lyric soundtrack, but we truly established our unbreakable rapport […]

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VIDEO: Celebrating Moments of Peak Blackness from Some of Our Distinguished Nominees for 2021 Skippies

Even though we’ve already let you know who won our 2021 Skippies, that does not mean that the party has stopped. The Skippies are a lifestyle; it’s just different. With that in mind, and because we are a celebrationist outfit, we like to make sure that we provide as much backing information and as many […]

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‘How Does It Feel’ to Know D’Angelo Is Doing a Verzuz at the Apollo and Has a Possible New Album Coming Soon?

D’Angelo performs during FYF Fest on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.Photo: Rich Fury/Invision/AP (AP) It looks like D’Angelo is about to serve as a true “Black Messiah” of the Verzuz series and will be spicing things up for the popular online battle! The neo soul artist confirmed he’ll be hosting a “D’Angelo Verzuz Friends” on his […]

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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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Drake Has Requested An Usher And Justin Timberlake ‘Verzuz,’ According To Timbaland

Verzuz is riding high off the success of their most recent battle between Keyshia Cole and Ashanti, a matchup that brought in huge numbers and even set a new Instagram Live record. Now the Swizz Beatz and Timbaland-led show is on the lookout for their next battle. In fact Timbaland recently said there’s a pairing […]

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Keyshia Cole Apologized And Explained Why She Was Late To Her ‘Verzuz’ Battle With Ashanti

Keyshia Cole and Ashanti’s Verzuz was an absolute success, as it became the show’s second-highest tweeted battle while breaking an Instagram Live record for most viewers in a livestream. This all came after the show was postponed twice and set back by more than an hour as viewers waited for Keyshia Cole to take her […]

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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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Missy Elliott Says She ‘Mos Def’ Wants To Collaborate With 21 Savage After Hearing His ‘Verzuz’ Vocals

After a pair of delays, Keyshia Cole and Ashanti finally duked it out in their Verzuz battle on Thursday night. The matchup was a fairly light-hearted one that saw both songstresses dive into their catalogs and pull out 20 of their best songs. Just like most of us who watched from home, 21 Savage sang […]

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TDE’s Punch Teases New Music From Kendrick Lamar And Denies A ‘Verzuz’ With Schoolboy Q Is In The Works

After a pair of quiet years, fans of Top Dawg Entertainment and their artists are hoping that the label’s activity will much higher in 2021. While a number of their artists, such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, SZA, and Isaiah Rashad, are rumored to have an album dropping at some point this year, TDE’s Punch confirmed […]

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Keyshia Cole’s DJ Explains Why She Was Late To Her ‘Verzuz’ Battle With Ashanti

Millions of people consistently tune into every Verzuz livestream, so people were disappointed when Keyshia Cole and Ashanti’s battle was postponed twice. Their anticipated battle did finally kick off Thursday night, but there were a few hiccups along the way, causing Cole to appear on the screen nearly an hour after the scheduled start time. […]

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