R&B star D’Angelo came “this” close to putting his classics up against fellow singer Maxwell. VERZUZ co-creator Swizz Beatz has revealed some details following last night’s epic face-off including the crooner’s original opponent.
D’Angelo’s Real VERZUZ Battle Face-Off
According to Swizz, initial plans had the VERZUZ actually happening on Valentine’s Day. However, issues with scheduling and Maxwell’s availability forced D’Angelo to break the mold and turn his battle into a solo bout.
“That didn’t work out…the fact that D’Angelo was still ready to go…and motivated, we had to celebrate him…no matter who was on stage with him,” Swizz said. “We had to celebrate that king because, as you can see, those songs that he played tonight, man, that’s real music and this is celebrational stage…and we couldn’t play around with him. We had to let him get his garden because he showed up and showed out.” He continued: “That man pulled up to Verzuz three hours early. D’Angelo was the earliest in Verzuz history tonight. So, don’t get him showing up at the time he did (an hour after the show was scheduled to start) mixed up with the pre-show, which was by DJ Scratch.” (REVOLT TV)
D’Angelo Makes Epic VERZUZ Takeover
Accompanied by producer DJ Scratch, the singer brought out all types of vintage vibes as a solo performer instead of going face-to-face with any same-level opponents. Angelo’s anthems went from recent tunes all the way back to the 90’s.
D’Angelo’s set broke from the typical VERZUZ format: its events have so far been one-on-one battles with occasional surprise guests, like Dionne Warwick dropping in on Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle last year. Noting the change of style, he opened with new material joined by trumpeter Keyon Harrold before covering Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’.” Method Man and Redman came out for “Left & Right” before Method Man took the lead for “Break Ups 2 Make Ups.” After working through a few tracks from 2014’s Black Messiah, D’Angelo noted that he’d gotten his professional start after winning an amateur night competition at the Apollo as a teenager. (Pitchfork)
Take a full look at every song played during the epic VERZUZ takeover.
D’Angelo To Take Part In Verzuz Battle
In mid-February, the VERZUZ team announced the huge D’Angelo event. However, very little details were revealed about who all would join him.
Happy Valentine’s Day, loved ones. Our gift to you. ❤️ Live from the @ApolloTheater in Harlem. Who you think is pullin’ up to take on the King on February 27th? Sure to be a legendary night!
LL Cool J Wants Drake Or JAY-Z For A Verzuz
According to New York rap veteran Fat Joe, the legendary LL Cool J has some big-name competitors in mind if he were to do a Verzuz. Joe said he couldn’t battle LL himself, since that’s his rap idol.
“LL wants JAY-Z or Drake. That’s who LL Cool J allegedly wants. You asked me, so I don’t want to start any new beefs.”