If 2020 came to wreck shit, then music was created to save us. Which is why I am still swooning over Jill Scott’s and Erykah Badu’s love fest from May 9th. What was billed as a battle, turned out to be the greatest queer love fest of the year — and what a year it has been.
Enter VERZUZ. The VERZUZ platform is pretty simple. Two artists come together, taking turns playing 20 of their hits. VERZUZ was created by music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz to help us get through the pandemic. Timbaland describes VERZUZ as more of “a celebration of our heroes in music, the ones who make us feel a certain type of way” than an actual “battle.”
Jill and Erykah’s VERZUZ was highly anticipated and brought in 700,000+ viewers at its peak. A day before Mama’s Day, music fans of Scott and Badu were ready to rock out to “A Long Walk” and “Tyrone” among other hits.