Swizz Beatz reveals that Dr. Dre was about to appear on Verzuz, only to change his mind after hearing the audio quality.
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According to Swizz, Dr. Dre was looking to try his hand at the Verzuz format, only to change his mind following an unfortunate technical limitation. “When Dr. Dre wasn’t feeling the sound from Teddy Riley and Babyface, that hurt our heart,” admits Swizz, an admission that sparks a hearty laugh from Charlamagne and Envy. “If you go back, Dre was at the Teddy Riley one, he came at the end. He was supposed to announce that he was going to do Verzuz that night!”
“I don’t think he was going to announce who he was battling,” continues Swizz, after Envy asks whether or not he was slated to battle Diddy. “He was going to announce ‘I’m ready, I’m coming.’ Then he got on the phone like ‘man, I can’t be a part of nothing that sound like that. My legacy is quality.’ I was like ‘we just lost Dre over the sound? That one felt pretty crazy. But since then, the energy has been pretty good.”
While disappointing to be sure, it’s not entirely surprising given Dre’s reputation as an ardent perfectionist — especially when it comes to the audio. There’s a reason why he’s considered to be one of the greatest engineers in hip-hop. Check out Swizzy’s reflection on the battle that might have been below, roughly transpiring around the fourteen-minute mark.