VERZUZ is the new go-to form of entertainment that pits producers, songwriters and artists against each other in a rap battle style format on Instagram Live.
Competitors take it in turns playing a song from a list of 20 from their discography as fans, friends and fellow artists watch on. A winner is later decided by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.
Kicking off last month (March 25) after Timbaland and Swizz Beatz issued challenges to one another, matchups so far have included T-Pain vs Lil Jon, Scott Storch vs Mannie Fresh, and The-Dream vs Sean Garrett.
This weekend (April 11) will see legendary hip-hop producers RZA and DJ Premier face off in one of the most talked about matchups so far.
“That paperwork is in!!!!!! #VERZUZ present @rza vs @djpremier this sat 9pm est on @djpremier live !!!!!! Quality over quantity let’s go @timbaland it’s that time again,” Swizz Beatz said on Thursday (April 9), posting a flyer that depicts Godzilla and King Kong about to do battle.
“I Brought Matches,” Premier tweeted, sharing the flyer for the battle.
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) April 9, 2020
RZA is a rapper, producer, actor and film and TV scorer, but he’s best known for being the mastermind behind legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan. He produced a large amount of the group’s albums as well as a number of the individual members’ solo projects.
Sharing news of the battle on his Instagram, RZA wrote: “The Wick is Lit.”
Earlier this year, RZA released ‘Guided Explorations’, an EP of meditation songs.
The five-track project was produced in collaboration with TAZO Tea and hears RZA instruct listeners to find a “chill environment” before finding spiritual peace.
In a 3-star review, NME’s Will Lavin said the album reminded “fans why the duo’s name is mentioned amongst the hip-hop greats. Celebrating life, love and legacy, ‘One of the Best Yet’ is a win for everyone.”