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Drake calls for Usher v Justin Timberlake VERZUZ face-off

Written by on 28/01/2021

Drake is pushing for Usher and Justin Timberlake to go head-to-head on Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s VERZUZ battle initiative.

The brains behind the idea have revealed the Canadian star has been in touch, urging Timbaland and Swizz Beatz to recruit the two superstars for an upcoming back catalogue battle.

“Drake hit me up too about it,” Timbaland told ESPN. “He said, ‘We gotta make that happen’. I said, ‘Soon to come. Soon to come’.”

They’re also working on battles between late rap rivals Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G, and Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott.

“It is, to me, the best party that could ever happen on VERZUZ,” Timbaland said of a Rhymes/Elliott match-up. “It’s just a matter of comfort zone of my sister wanting to celebrate with her brother. Understanding that it’s not a competition, it’s a party. I have been talking to her about that but I think that’s an amazing VERZUZ.”

The producers launched the popular entertainment series that pits producers, songwriters and artists against each other in a rap battle style format on Instagram Live and Apple Music at the beginning of the lockdown last year. Competitors take it in turns to play a song from a list of 20 from their discography, as fans, friends and fellow artists watch on. A winner is decided by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.

So far, face-offs have included Snoop Dogg and DMX, Alicia Keys and John Legend, Brandy and Monica, and Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle, while Ashanti took on Keyshia Cole in a VERZUZ battle last week.

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