Keyshia Cole Follows Ashanti’s Verzuz Lead + Announces New Single

R&B singer Keyshia Cole is getting her fans super excited. The popular crooner has announced plans to drop her new “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” single just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Keyshia Cole’s New Single

Cole went to her Twitter page to break the news to fans. Barring any setbacks or delays, her new anthem will arrive in early February.

“2.5.21 // New Single ‘I Don’t Want To Be In Love’”

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Keyshia Cole’s new single is coming.

Yesterday, Ashanti went to her social media pages to unload a new chune. Ashanti’s “2:35 (I Want You)” became available following Thursday night’s Verzuz battle.

“2:35 ( I want you) available everywhere now!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 link in bio produced by @jrocthaghost art work by @oliver.berrywhite @liltuneshi”

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Keyshia’s new song played moments before Ashanti premiered her “2:35” to fans. There was initially no exact drop date or details on when the anthem would arrive.

Following two COVID-19-related delays, Ashanti and Keyshia Cole were finally able to film their VERZUZ battle, which was originally slated for December 12. The first postponement was announced after Ashanti tested positive for the virus. The second delay was in response to rising COVID numbers in the nation, as well as the recent unstable events in Washington D.C. Tonight, the singers finally went head-to-head in a battle of the hits. Both Ashanti and Cole played new songs, as well. Following the VERZUZ match, Ashanti released a new song called “235 (2:35 I Want You).” (Pitchfork)

Ashanti + Keyshia Cole’s new songs teased in Verzuz battle.

Keyshia Cole Brings OT Genasis Out

Cole nearly crashed the Internet with a huge Verzuz cameo. Keyshia started up her unforgettable “Love” anthem and moments later, her perceived rap rival O.T Genasis hopped onto the screen as they both laughed and crooned a portion of his Crip-themed version.

O.T. Genasis makes an unexpected and well-received cameo during the Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole. Cole showed the world they’re on solid terms after appearing to clash in late 2019 when he released his Crip-inspired “Love” remix.

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Keyshia Cole brings out O.T. Genasis.

The Entire Verzuz Rounds Playlist

The battle went head to head with classic throwbacks. Ashanti and Cole dug deep into their solo classics and made sure to deliver on ample duets. Check out some of our favorite hard-hitting rounds and decide who you think really won.

Round 1:

Keyshia Cole: I Changed My Mind
Ashanti: Happy

Round 7:

Keyshia Cole: Playa Cardz Right [ft. Tupac Shakur]
Tupac Shakur: Pac’s Life [ft. T.I. and Ashanti]

Round 8:

Keyshia Cole: Love
Ashanti: Rain on Me

Round 11:

Keyshia Cole: Heaven Sent
Ashanti: Baby

Round 20:

Ja Rule: Always on Time [ft. Ashanti]
Keyshia Cole: I Don’t Wanna Be 

Ashanti Verzuz Keyshia Cole Rescheduled Again

After multiple setbacks, both Ashanti and Keyshia finally faced off in a highly-anticipated Verzuz battle. The duo gave a much-needed clash with endless classics dating back to the early 2000’s.

RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, SNOW LET’S GO 🙌🏽 Join us Thursday, January 21st as we kick off the first #VERZUZ of 2021 with @Ashanti and @KeyshiaCole. Thank you everyone for being patient with us. We can’t wait for this magical night with Keyshia and Ashanti! Tune in Thursday, January 21st, 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Watch on our IG or in HD on @AppleMusic. Drinks by @Ciroc Merch by @ntwrk #VERZUZ