The “Verzuz Battles” series that has been keeping music lovers entertained, as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu amassed over 700,000 viewers surpassing Teddy Riley and Babyface for the most viewed Instagram live battle.
Neo-Soul outdid New Jack Swing as the queens went head to head.
Fans waited for the battle to start with poems by Nikki Giovanni playing in the background courtesy of Jill.
In the first round, Erykah started off with The Roots’ “You Got Me” and Jill revealed that “You Got Me” was her first time ever writing a song, and she lied about being ready when the opportunity was presented to her.
Erykah revealed that the knock that we first hear on “On and On” was a nod to R&B queen Mary J. Blige‘s “Real Love.” “I was letting Mary know, I was coming for her,” Erykah said.
Toward the end of the live event, Jill was requested by Verzuz co-creator Swizz Beatz to play her record “Cross My Mind,” which he said the recently deceased Andre Harrell was looking forward to hearing. Harrell’s death had been announced earlier that day.
In a fitting conclusion of the Verzuz series, Jilly from Philly left viewers with a short serenade of Common’s “The Light.”
Fans agreed that this matchup was no battle at all. Just two sisters in music spreading light through gifts of song, and for that, the true winners were the listeners
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