It was Freddy again against Jason. Fabolous and Jadakiss were the last battle of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series, while the veteran New York duo faced hundreds of thousands of Instagram audiences Monday evening (June 29).
With more than four decades of music among the tit rap couple, fans have had their calendars marked and Timberlands tied since the long-awaited matchup was announced last week. There’s not even bad blood here, as prolific MCs remain close friends and have also released their undervalued Friday on Elm Street joint album in 2017.
Instead of considering it more of a heavy encounter, Fab and Jada see it as an opportunity to show the depth of their decorated discographies, ranging from underground freestyle to traditional radio hits. “This is really Verzuz, who celebrates your catalog,”
After nearly half an hour of delay in the study, over 200,000 blew up the IG turnstiles to face the tightly contested 20-round battle, which came with a heavy dose of nostalgia along the way. See how Board scored Monday night’s matchup between Fab and Jada below.
Round 1: DMX feat. LOX and Jay-Z’s “Blackout” vs. Lil Wayne feat. “You Ain’t Got Nuthin ‘” by Fabolous & Juelz Santana
The kiss kicks off with the extraordinary functionality of its arsenal that contrasts The LOX alongside Hov and DMX. Fab continues the trend, recovering with his appearance on the seminal of Weezy F. Baby Tha Carter III, who finds him trying to give an alchemical intimidating tone.
Round 2: The LOX’s “Recognize” vs. Cassidy feat. “6 minutes” by Lil Wayne and Fabolous
Jadakiss responds to fire with a deep LOX cut with the Yonkers native fighting for a heavy blow to Preemo, which is something people have been waiting for. Fab’s answer is not entirely up to par, as it remains in his bag with a collaboration of Cassidy.
Round 3: Nas feat. “Made You Look (Remix)” by Jadakiss & Ludacris against Lloyd Banks feat. “Start It Up” by Fabolous, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie
“I wrote this verse right here in the shirtless bathroom,” Kiss nods before hitting play. The underrated remix of “Made You Look” may seem familiar, since Ludacris also put him on the pitch for his battle a few weeks ago against Nelly. The Brooklyn native continued the game with one of his best, in which he joined Kanye West and more on Lloyd Banks’ energetic “Start It Up”.
Round 4: Jadakiss’s “By Your Side” vs. Fabolous feat. “Trade It All Pt. 2” by P. Diddy & Jagged Edge
Kiss preceded her next move with a story about how she paid $ 7,500 for the “By Your Side” rhythm, but ended up charging the commission to Interscope with a little extra interest. Fab brings it back to 2003 road of dreams with his collaboration with Diddy and Jagged Edge, but Jada still holds his head high after the fourth round. Fab also made sure to toast the late Kobe Bryant, whom he first met in the “Trade” video.
Round 5: LOX’s “All For the Love” vs. Fabolous feat. “Imma Do It” by Kobe
Fabolous is helping Jada to get on a microphone and rapp with his songs. Here, he hits with the threatening “Imma Do It”, but it’s not enough to keep Kiss down, who chose to shoot Money, power and respect favored by fans with the motivational “All For the Love”.
Round 6: LOX’s The Chest 2 Chest Freestyle against Fabolous “Keepin ‘It Gangsta”
The 45-year-old went to dig in the crates and returned with the grim “Chest 2 Chest Freestyle” from a mixtape DJ Clue. Fabo knew he didn’t have many chances in this round, so he eliminated one of his weaker selections with the Ghetto Fabolous to cut.
Round 7: Ruff Ryders “WW III” vs. Fabolous feat. “Gangsta Don’t Play” by Junior Reid
“You don’t have to perform in every song. This isn’t Dancing with the Stars,” a breathless Jada jokes with Fab who sings on each of his tracks at this point. However, Kiss brings here the firepower ahead of the Ruff Ryders, along with a couple of legends in Snoop Dogg and Scarface.
Round 8: Noreaga feat. “Banned From TV” by Big Pun, Nature, Cam’Ron, Jadakiss & Styles P vs. Fabolous feat. “Brooklyn” by Jay-Z and Uncle Murda
In desperate need of an answer, Fab brings out a punch that he knew how to connect with the “Brooklyn” hymn alongside the district deity. Kiss originally set the tone with a classic Noreaga band cut into “Banned From TV”, which translates into a tie that deflates the crowd.
Round 9: LOX’s “Blood Pressure” vs. Fabolous’s “Young OG”
“I burned my ear with headphones when I recorded this,” Kiss kicks off the round with some friendly jokes. “Blood Pressure” could be remembered for giving the author Karrine Steffans his nickname Superhead, but he is not up to the fluidity of Fab Soul Tape 3 to cut.
Round 10: Black Rob feat. “Can I Live” by LOX against Fabolous feat. “OJ” by Jeezy & Jadakiss
The first cross-pollination of the night, when Jada is picked up by Fab who plays a song with him, together with the legend of the Young Jeezy trap. Fab lures Kiss in a discussion about whose song “Can I Live” is to calm his hum, while Jada claims that this was a LOX record before business was involved.
Round 11: Fabolous feat. French Montana’s “Ball Drop” versus Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. And “Vittoria” by Busta Rhymes
When he turns into the second half of the battle – where he now plays first, with Jadakiss answering – Fab is not playing any games, as the jacket comes off and goes straight to the shirt to go to the center of the scene. Jada delivers her first drop to the elbow of the night immersing herself in her lethal pen game for the motivational hymn “Vittoria” by Puff and BIG, which she actually wrote for Diddy.
Round 12: Meek Mill feat. “Uptown Vibes” by Fabolous & Anuel AA against Sheek Louch feat. “Mighty D-Block” by Jadakiss, Styles P and J-Hood
“This is D-Block, powerful, powerful D-Block” could be heard reverberating throughout Yonkers when Jada let this go. Fab highlights more than a recent hit in Meek’s captivating “Uptown Vibes”, but the LOX base is too tough for an opponent in the third quarter to face.
Round 13: Fabolous feat. “Can’t Negy It” by Nate Dogg against “F – k You” by The LOX
After a few losses in a row, Fab knew he had to win here. Loso chooses to shoot with the Tupac “Can’t Negy It” sampling with the late Nate Dogg. The proud achievement record connects with over 200,000 in the IG audience and allows him to achieve an easy win in round 13.
Round 14: Fabolous feat. “Throw it in the bag” of The-Dream (Remix) vs. “Knock Yourself Out” by Jadakiss
After another delight from Fab’s crowd, Jada skillfully responds with a trip to Virginia. Apparently, the connections between Jadakiss and Pharrell might seem like a contrast of styles, but the pair of hip-hop legends are easily intertwined with heavy Kiss bars on the exotic production of Skateboard P.
Round 15: Fabolous “Young’n” vs. Ghostface Killah feat. “Run” by Jadakiss
With Fab taking a break in the bathroom, a lively Jadakiss has no problem beautifying the microphone and wandering around a bit. Switch to “Execute” the late soundtrack with another tenacious film, this time alongside Wu-Tang’s solo star and fellow New Yorker Ghostface Killah.
Round 16: Fabolous “You Be Killin Em” vs. Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil ‘Kim & The Lox’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” (Remix)
As Fabolous tries to light the fire with some of the go-to’s in his discography, Jadakiss makes sure to respond with another haymaker at the Bad Boy “It’s all about the Benjamin” meeting. In the IG comments, CharlamagneThaGod wanted to give Kiss two points, since they both wrote the track and then jumped on the remix of the opulent melody.
Round 17: Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo’s “Make Me Better” vs. DJ Clue feat. “Back 2 Life 2001” by Jadakiss and Mary J. Blige
As D’usse continues to flow in Jada’s direction, Fab tries to bridge the gap on the board with an R&B banger in the uplifting “Make Me Better”. The single revives a deadly combination that cannot be beaten with sliding Ne-Yo on the hook, while Timbaland handles production tasks.
Round 18: Fabolous feat. “Can’t Let You Go” by Mike Shorey and Lil Mo against The LOX feat. “Ryde or Die, B — h” by Timbaland & Eve
Fab’s run continues with another impeccable choice from his repertoire in the movie “Can’t Let You Go”. “Ryde or Die, B — h” from LOX is a solid choice, but will not cut it in round 18. Tip Fab to make things interesting along the stretch with two rounds left.
Round 19: Fabolous feat. “Into You” by Tamia against Jaheim feat. “Diamond in da Ruff” (Remix) by Jadakiss
At this point, the drunken comment of a drunken kiss is only making things even more hilarious. He takes a moment seriously to pay Fab a huge compliment when he admits that if he really got married, “Into You” would serve as the wedding song for the first dance with his wife. There cannot be much greater respect than that, given that Loso gets a devastating impetus with the “Into You” signature.
Round 20: Fabolous’ “Breathe” vs. Jadakiss feat. “We Gonna Make It” of the styles P
Both artists conclude the celebration in style, with a couple of fan favorites in the enduring “We Gonna Make It” and “Breathe” produced by Just Blaze. At this point, they may need to bring Kiss home as he approaches his DJ to make the final selection of the evening.
The overtime rounds showed that Fabolous had a few bullets left in the room, as DJ Boof created a mix that includes some cool features like his role in Trey Songz ‘playful “Say Ahh”. Fab’s fans stood with their hands raised wondering what happened in the comments.
Larger catalog: Fabolous
Fab intertwined the streets and the bedroom with his range of selections all night long. In addition to rapping with goliaths like Jay-Z, Fabolous also covers a more tender rate with his R&B achievements. Both artists actually left several collaborations with Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez on the table, among others.
Biggest Snub: Fabolous feat. T-Pain and Jermaine Dupri’s “Baby Don’t Go” (Indicates Jadakiss)
As mentioned earlier, Fab left a lot to decide when DJ Boof started in the bonus round. With the fourth quarter deficit too long to recover, fans asked for tracks like From Nothing at Somethin“Baby Don’t Go”, “Baby” and “My Time” with Jeremih to make appearances.
Best Banter: Jadakiss
Jadakiss earns this category one mile. As the drinks continued to flow, the Kiss of death the rapper got more fun all night. Whether Jada is cutting the middle ground of the DJs, standing in her matching yellow dress, or telling Fab that she isn’t dancing with the Stars while performing, Kiss probably gave the best solo performance we saw in Verzuz.
The greatest K.O.: Jadakiss
Jada surprised the audience when she launched Puffy’s “Victory” in response to Fab’s “Ball Drop”. Presumably the last song B.I.G. never recorded, the rhymes of the legend of BK still sound threatening as they did more than two decades later. Fab has come up with a knockout of his own with “Into You”, which Jada has admitted to be his favorite of any Fabolous record and hopes to show him off at his wedding.
People’s champion: Jadakiss
This is D-Block, powerful, powerful D-Block. It was Kiss night, according to the vast majority of fans in attendance. Some gave Jada the lead in a landslide, but our scorecard has a slightly narrower race than one might expect. All in all, this is another victory for culture, which provides light in a difficult year.
FINAL SCORE: 15-9-2, Jadakiss