DJ Paul and Krayzie Bone were scheduled to represent their respective groups in an Instagram Live battle in April, but the virtual event never happened. In an interview with HNHH, Paul explained how the independently organized matchup between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia didn’t materialize after Verzuz intervened.
“I was talking to [Verzuz] and they kept telling me they was gonna do it, man,” he said. “Then, they just ended up changin’ they mind. It’s like, I don’t know why they came in just to stop our thing and then didn’t wanna do it. But whatever, I still got love for Swizz [Beatz] and Timbaland. Love you guys to death.”
The Bone Thugs and Three 6 Mafia battle was scheduled to take place on April 30. But according to Paul, Swizz reached out to Krayzie less than an hour before it was going to begin and made the Ohio-bred rapper reconsider.
“It was finna happen,” Paul recalled. “Like 30 minutes. Literally 30-35 minutes, literally 35 minutes before we went live, Swizz’s people called Krayzie Bone and they was like, ‘We gon’ do it on Verzuz, so don’t do it.’ And I was like, ‘Look dude, we still need to do it, man.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know— when is the Verzuz gon’ happen? Like, we still need to do it.’”
He continued, “I guess Krayzie didn’t wanna do— he’d rather do the Verzuz than ours. He just kinda backed off and stopped picking up his phone. And I was like ‘OK.’ And I just left it alone. And then next thing I know, he tweeted and said he didn’t wanna do it at all because of the temperature of what was going on in the world. Verzuz kept moving on and everything else kept going. I was like, ‘Alright, I kind saw this coming and I tried to tell you, but whatever.”
Perhaps Swizz can make it right in Verzuz Season 2, which starts on November 19. The popular battle series will return with an Atlanta-centric showdown between T.I. and Jeezy.
View the second season announcement below and watch the first battle via Instagram Live or in HD on Apple Music.