Fats Joe, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg. No, we’re not speaking concerning the hottest remix of 2004, however as a substitute hip-hop’s newest social media saga, which took a brand new activate September 17. The 4 stars have been all current on Joe’s Instagram Live, which adopted his Verzuz battle with Ja Rule on September 14.
Dupri, 48, was in attendance that night time at Madison Sq. Backyard, and issued a problem to Diddy. “Someone let Diddy know I’m at The Backyard proper now. And he gon’ want some coaching for me,” he wrote on Twitter, implying he wished the 2 to compete in a Verzuz of their very own.
The jab impressed Diddy, 51, to puff out his chest and reply, “Beloved you my n-gga, however your arms [are] too quick to field with God!!! You [ain’t] received sufficient hits. I’ll smash you with simply Biggie [and Mary J. Blige]. However I do have the upmost respect on you as a musical legend - [Dr.] Dre the one one can get within the ring [with] me.”
Diddy and Dupri occupy equally hallowed floor, not simply of their native scenes of New York and Atlanta, however within the hip-hop and R&B halls of fame total, Diddy based Dangerous Boy Data in 1993, signing artists like The Infamous B.I.G., Mase and Mary J. Blige, whereas additionally placing out his personal hits like “Can’t No one Maintain Me Down,” “I’ll Be Lacking You,” and “Shake Ya Tailfeather.” Dupri created the label So So Def the identical yr, and launched albums by Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow. He was additionally a prolific producer, serving to craft colossal data like Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Collectively,” Monica’s “U Ought to’ve Recognized Higher,” and Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna”—credit score for traditional albums like Usher’s Confessions and Mariah’s Emancipation of Mimi is basically attributed to him.
Whereas Verzuz battles started as methods for artists to work together and compete with one another throughout quarantine, current iterations have been rather more high-profile occasions. Madison Sq. Backyard has been the location of each the Fats Joe and Ja Rule battle, and the extensively watched competitors between The Lox and Dipset. The platform has highlighted the work of producers earlier than, together with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who co-created Verzuz, in addition to Mannie Recent vs. Scott Storch, Teddy Riley vs. Babyface, and Ryan Tedder vs. Benny Blanco.
Although Diddy and Dupri have loads of collaborators in widespread, together with JAY-Z, Ludacris, and Religion Evans, they’ve by no means labored collectively a lot. One in every of their few shared credit is on the remix to Dupri’s 2002 hit “Welcome to Atlanta.”
When Diddy accepted an invite to hitch Fats Joe’s IG Dwell, he got here in clearly revved up by the discourse, and, whereas highlighting his friendship with Dupri, made some extent instantly of drawing a distinction between their respective our bodies of labor.
“Initially, I would like the world to know that that is one in every of my finest buddies, one in every of my finest inspirations, that is my brother, I like him,” Diddy stated. “I’m gonna say this to everyone: You amnesia-having motherfuckers, I gave ya’ll life for 20 years of music. JD, Something I touched, something I breathed on, govt produced, something I believed up, something I fuckin’ did, no matter. You hear me? Don’t play with me, boy.”
Diddy then requested Dupri how he would reply to songs like The Infamous B.I.G.’s “One Extra Likelihood” and “Warning.” He then as soon as once more barked out a challenge for Dr. Dre. We wound up getting a fast preview of what this superproducer battle may entail as Diddy goaded Dupri by enjoying songs like The Infamous B.I.G.’s “Victory” and “Hypnotize,” in addition to his personal “All Concerning the Benjamins.” On the suggestion of Fats Joe and Snoop Dogg, he performed a number of of Dupri’s songs, too, resembling “Bounce” by Kriss Ross,” the “Welcome to Atlanta” remix, and JAY-Z’s “Cash Ain’t a Thang.”
“I appreciated the rehearsal, I beloved it,” retorted Dupri, who refused to play any of his songs on Instagram. “We’re at rehearsal with Dangerous Boy on *The Fats Joe Present…*By the best way, if you happen to don’t settle for this shit, I’mma be standing exterior of your home just like the n-gaa did [Muhammad] Ali.”
Joe and Snoop additionally talked about their hesitancy to carry out songs they'd with R. Kelly throughout their Verzuz appearances in opposition to Ja Rule and DMX, respectively. “Everyone was like, ‘It’s music, Joe.’ I’m like, ‘Yo I simply can’t do it. I can’t do it,’” Joe stated. “It is too sensitive, it’s a slippery slope. Go away it alone,” Snoop added.
However the primary focus of the dialog was on the potential of Diddy and Dupri going head-to-head. The 2 titans of hip-hop and R&B would definitely present the form of nostalgic thrill Verzuz has turn into recognized for these final 18 months. Diddy can also be poised to launch his newest solo album, Off the Grid, Vol. 1, (which final had a launch date of September 24, which he doesn't appear to be sticking to anymore) and he’s at all times been a grasp of self-promotion.
“That is the Lollapalooza, Tremendous Bowl of Verzuz,” Fats Joe shouted on the concept of the potential matchup.