Throughout quarantine, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz battle series grew from a novel event bridging hip-hop’s past and present into uplifting excitement.
Verzuz TV is live, simple, and wide-open — maybe a little too wide open. The audience is mostly in charge of the scoring, and there’s rarely a consensus on points. Regional bias and generational schisms creep up. Playing a deep cut almost categorically loses you the point, even if it’s one of the greatest songs of all time. There’s nothing wrong with a slugfest, but it’s draining hearing people trash timeless classics. You can be a legend with decades of hits and lose the crowd trailing too far away from the radio.
You can be a veteran who changed the game forever and get smoked in the court of public opinion because someone else’s music is fresher in everyone’s shared memory. You can score points with records mostly made by someone else. If you’ve cultivated a relationship with an A-list artist, you can watch Verzuz TV Live Online Free Stream. In spite of these minor issues, Verzuz made drab weekends and weeknights feel fun again and has restored a spirit of friendly competition to the game. It’s also teaching fans how many heads it can take to make a hit record. You might hear the same song at three different battles: once from a producer, again from a co-producer, and then again from a songwriter who helped fine-tune melodies or flesh out lyrics.
That said, hits being repeated also highlighted a need for greater variety in the cast of contestants. Over time, Verzuz addressed this problem by casting a wider net, inviting funk, soul, and R&B heavyweights to play, and giving women a seat at the table — though, still, curiously and egregiously, not featuring any women in rap.