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Brandy & Monica’s “Verzuz”: Over 1 Million Viewers, New Songs, & Much More

Monica premiered a new single featuring Lil Baby and the ladies closed things out with “The Boy is Mine”: WATCH

There is a lot to unpack with Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz. The two ladies not only shared the stage and played some of their favorite, classic hits, but they also told stories about what went on behind the scenes during their careers. Unsurprisingly, Monica spent a moment to give C-Murder a shout out as she spoke about prison reform and vying for his freedom. Before they even began, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris opened the Verzuz by sharing her enthusiasm and urged the public to vote in the 2020 election.

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Over 1 million viewers were tuned in at any given time, so we can only imagine what the final Verzuz numbers look like. Monica and Brandy filmed at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and both singers brought in their family and friends who kept their distance off-camera. There were plenty of notable celebrities tuned in and commenting including Halle Berry, Michelle Obama, Snoop Dogg, Omarion, Keyshia Cole, Lil Mo, Eric Bellinger, Jermaine Dupri, Stevie J, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Sevyn, Erykah Badu, DaniLeigh, Killer MikeJoyner Lucas, Jacob Latimore, Kehlani, Lenny Kravitz, and many more.

Each of the singers played new music, including Monica who premiered her new song “Trenches” featuring Lil Baby. Of course, fans waited impatiently for the coup de grâce—”The Boy is Mine”—and it was just as epic as everyone had hoped. Brandy, who had been sliding in subliminals about collaborating with Monica (and being politely shot down by her fellow singer) ended the Verzuz with the final word. While hugging Monica she said, “Please be on the lookout for the tour,” before the feed cut out. Earlier in the Verzuz, Brandy said that she and Monica were a “group” to which Monica quickly stated, “We are not a group!”

Watch the three-hour Verzuz in full below.

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DMX Spits MC Lyte’s Bars After Running Into Rapper With Lil Mama

X proved that he is the ultimate fan of MC Lyte after he dropped bars to a song from her 1988 debut album.

What happens when a group of artists casually bump into one another? Someone starts dropping bars. DMX is currently working in the studio like a beast with Swizz Beatz after becoming inspired following his Verzuz with Snoop Dogg. Fans are excited to hear what he’s been cooking up in the kitchen and as a student of hip hop, DMX knows his way around a rap catalog. Lil Mama shared a video to show just how much knowledge DMX has of the classics after she shared a video of him stanning for rap legend MC Lyte.

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In the clip, Lil Mama records MC Lyte in her car as X stands outside of the vehicle. DMX is speaking to MC Lyte when Lil Mama tells him to spit a few bars, so he goes on to pay homage to the rap icon. “I used to be in love with this guy named Sam / I don’t know why, cause he had the head like that of a clam / But you couldn’t tell me nothin, cause Sam was number one / Cause to me, oh my gosh, he was one in a million,” X rapped. The lyrics come from MC Lyte’s song “I Cram to Understand U” off of her 1988 debut studio album, Lyte as a Rock.

MC Lyte couldn’t help but have a wide smile on her face. Watch DMX give Lyte her roses below.

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Megan Thee Stallion Twerks On A Private Jet & Freestyles Over Biggie’s “Big Poppa”

The rapper is back on her grind after being sidelines following July’s shooting.

Fresh off of her MTV VMAs performance, Megan Thee Stallion has no time for rest. The Houston Hottie seems to be almost fully recovered from being shot in the foot a month and a half ago. She’s back to taking care of business and jet-setting with her team, and after sharing a freestyle that went viral recently, Megan Thee Stallion is back with another.

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The Queen of the Hot Girls first shared a video of herself twerking for the camera right before she boarded a private jet. Her destination was unknown, but the rapper soon posted another video that showed her visiting Dallas’s K104 radio station. The host gave a quick introduction as the beat for Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 classic “Big Poppa” played overhead. Meg didn’t hesitate and jumped right into her freestyle, and as she continued, the DJ became increasingly impressed by the “WAP’ rapper’s rhymes.

Meanwhile, the public awaits more information regarding the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez. We’ve recently received Meg’s version of events and fans believe there are still details missing that only Tory can answer—that is if he chooses to do so. For now, check out Megan’s recent posts below and let us know what you think of her freestyle.

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Jermaine Dupri Isn’t Surprised By J.I The Prince Of N.Y’s Success After “The Rap Game”

The rapper appeared on Dupri’s reality series “The Rap Game” as a young artist looking for a big break.

In 2016, Jermaine Dupri launched his rap competition series The Rap Game. Five seasons and five winners later, the young aspiring stars have found themselves with growing fan bases and opportunities they may have never received without appearing on the show. Mulatto was The Rap Game‘s very first winner and most successful, thus far. Following closely behind her is J.I the Prince of N.Y who has been gaining steam in rap circles, as well.

In a recent interview with HipHopDXJermaine Dupri discussed the accomplishments of his former contestants. He’s not surprised by what they’ve been able to achieve because that’s the point of series. “It’s supposed to happen,” said Dupri. “That’s how I look at it. People ask me if I’m surprised all the time. I’m not surprised because I picked them. I don’t think people realize it. The funniest part about this whole thing is that people keep acting like, especially with J.I.”

Of all of the contestants that have appeared on The Rap Game, Dupri said that he gets asked about J.I the most because people want to know if he regrets not crowning the young rapper as the winner. “People don’t understand, I personally picked this guy to be on my TV show,” the So So Def mogul said. “I knew exactly what he was way before anybody, before he even knew what he was. I knew exactly what he was… Every time I see him doing something, I’m 100 percent ecstatic about it because I love seeing how they go from…that’s my thing. I love seeing people go from scratch to being successful. When I started, I had a vision that they could always be that.”

The fifth season of The Rap Game aired in 2019 and it’s unknown if another is on the horizon. Each winner is offered the opportunity to sign a record contract with So So Def, but Mulatto opted to work as an independent artist so that she could have more control over her career.

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