The Verzuz battles on IG Live have received plenty of positive feedback so far, but there have been two major complaints: The sound quality had very little quality at all, and battles were lacking some serious female presence.
Erykah Badu and Jill Scott will now change all of that when they battle each other on Saturday, May 9, one day before Mother’s Day, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. It was announced on Instagram by Verzuz, the IG TV music battles channel created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. The two have partnered for this matchup with Femme It Forward, a platform that focuses on female artists.
Beatz announced the battle on his own Instagram page on Friday, May 1, and wrote, “It’s time for the Queens to represent🙌🏽 @erykahbadu vs @missjillscott the paper work is in.”
People flooded social media to comment on how excited they were about the competition. There were some who said that Beatz and Timbaland should start working on the sound immediately to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
RZA and DJ Premier’s battle was plagued with sound issues, and many couldn’t hear the songs that RZA played at first. Babyface and Teddy Riley’s battle suffered from the same problem.
Most of the comments that people left about Badu and Scott’s faceoff were similar to an RSVP.
“We there 💃💃💃💃,” wrote one excited fan. “Oh Lawd,” said another tweet.
“Now this is the event i will be getting dressed an beating face for,” read another message. “Alexa, add ‘get sage and incense’ to my ‘To-Do’ list,” replied another fan.
Badu has been keeping her fans entertained since COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have been in place with her “Quarantine Concert Series” that’s streamed on her own website.
Scott has been a lot quieter on the internet since COVID-19 began to spread in the U.S. She posted a birthday message on Instagram to her son Jett last month but hasn’t promoted any online concerts.
There was online talk in April about Badu and Lauryn Hill battling each other after one of Badu’s followers posted side-by-side photos of both women and suggested they face each other. Badu said she wouldn’t stand a chance against Hill.
“I’ll be pulverized,” she tweeted in response to that follower.