Thanks to Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Triller, and Instagram Live, Verzuz battles pretty much became a trademark of quarantine, as we all watched our faves fight for the winning title. And even though we've moved on from virtual performances to live shows, they each give us something to look forward to and even to argue about who really won.
With so many battles, it's hard to keep up with which ones actually happened, which ones were just rumors, and what we all just generally want to see. But don't worry! We've got all of the info right here. Here's a list of the battles that have already crowned a winner and some info about upcoming events.
Which Verzuz battles have happened so far?
Verzuz Season 1 — Part 1
Verzuz Season 1 — Part 2
Verzuz Season 2
- Gucci Mane vs. Jeezy
- E-40 vs. Too Short
- Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole
- D'Angelo & Friends (This one wasn't technically a battle)
- Raekwon vs Ghostface
- Earth, Wind, & Fire vs. The Isley Brothers
- Method Man vs. Redman
- Xscape vs. SWV
- Timbaland vs. Swizz Beatz (Rematch)
- Eve vs. Trina
- Bow Wow vs. Souljah Boy
- Keith Sweat vs. Bobby Brown
- The Lox vs. Dipset
- Fat Joe vs. Ja Rule
The NFL Pro Bowl Verzuz In January 2021, Verzuz and NFL announced a series of special presentations where NFL stars were engaged in head-to-head "battles" by showing off their on- and off-field highlights from the 2020 season. Reactions to the NFL "battles" were mixed, to say the least, but here's a list of the competitors:
What are the upcoming Verzuz battles?
Verzuz typically announces upcoming battles roughly one week ahead of when they are scheduled to take place, but they sometimes announce upcoming themes ahead of time. They announced a few months ago that there would be two rounds of Rematches coming up, but we didn't know who the Rematches would feature until May 25, 2021, when the Rematch between Swizz Beatz and Timbaland was announced. (Still no word yet on who will be featured in the second Rematch, though.)
Fans are still on a high from the legendary battle between Fat Joe vs. Ja Rule. While fans were unsure about who would take the Verzuz crown, the ultimate winners of the night were hip-hop lovers and songstress Ashanti who stole the show and a few hearts.
The next confirmed Verzuz battle will take place on Oct. 17, 2021 and will be between Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One. It will be broadcast live from Barclays Center in NYC and will also feature a live audience. Tickets are available for purchase, so if you've been waiting for your chance to catch a Verzuz battle live, this might be your chance.
Here's how to watch Verzuz battles.
If you want to watch Verzuz battles live (which is obviously the preferred method!), you have a couple of options. First, you can download the Triller app (it's free!) and watch there. Battles are also streamed on the FITE TV app, as well as on Instagram — you can usually access the live feed via a link in the Verzuz Instagram bio.
If you miss the live battle, don't worry! They're also available to watch on Apple Music. You can also sometimes find videos on YouTube, though they're not usually the best quality and are often taken down after a few days. Apple Music is definitely your best bet for revisiting old battles, although it's obviously not free.