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Season 2 recaps: Jeezy and Gucci Mane, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz
The second season of Verzuz kicked off in November with a battle match up that got personal between Gucci Mane and Jeezy.
Gucci Mane, 41, played his 2012 diss track "Truth" about fatally shooting Jeezy's friend Pookie Loc, prompting Jeezy, 43, to explain why the pair were doing the battle after years of tension between the two:
"When I said I wanted to do this (expletive) for the culture, that's what I wanted to do... I brought you here to show you the world care about what the (expletive) we got going on, because we are the culture," Jeezy said.
For the first time in years, the two rappers were able to settle their personal disagreement on stage and performed their 2005 collaboration "Icy" for the first time in years to end the battle.
The moment of unity was supposed to be followed by R&B songstresses Ashanti and Cole, but their show was delayed after Ashanti tested positive the night of the show for COVID-19. Before Cole and Ashanti were rescheduled, California's Bay Area legends E-40 and Too $hort took the stage.
As the season went on, the show experimented doing Verzuz battles with athletes showing off their highlight reels with commentary from other sports professionals, but it returned to the music-based formula with D'Angelo vs. Friends. The R&B singer performed alone with guest appearances from Method Man, Redman and H.E.R.
Other Season 2 battles have included many names across genres like Raekwon vs. Ghostface,SWV vs. Xscape, and a rematch of the originators of the series Swizz Beatz vs. Timbaland.
Steve Harvey hosted the match up between The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire, with each group performing their biggest hits, including The Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout," "It's Your Thing" and "Shout," plus Earth, Wind and Fire's "Let's Groove," "Boogie Wonderland" and "September."
Rap duo Redman vs. Method Man also owned their Verzuz night by straying away from the traditional format of going head-to-head, and instead offered viewers a concert experience titled "How High."
How Timbaland, Swizz Beatz started Verzuz
The series was created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who were the first stars to participate during an Instagram Live broadcast in March 2020.
During an interview with GQ published in November, the stars explained how the series was born after COVID-19 stay-at-home orders shut down clubs, leading people to look for things to entertain themselves with online – and people ate it up. GQ reports more than 20,000 people tuned in for the first swapping of stories and songs, which led the series to have its own official page and following participants.
Originally, Verzuz included artists streaming in live from separate locations with two 10-song rounds. In May, in order to ensure better video quality, the battles were filmed live from the same location.
Though no official winner is called at the end of the night, viewers usually share their own picks on social media.
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Some of the most notable early battles included T-Pain vs. Lil Jon, Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott and Nelly vs. Ludacris. Teddy Riley and Babyface's first attempt at their much-hyped battle was derailed by audio issues, but they didn't miss a beat during their rematch, with more than 500,000 people tuning in.
Alicia Keys and John Legend took part in a Juneteenth celebration version of the series, and even more attention-grabbing lineups followed later in quarantine, including DMX vs. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz and Brandy vs. Monica.
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Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Elise Brisco, Rasha Ali, Hannah Yasharoff and Edward Segarra