May 19 marks the 22nd anniversary of one of the most successful singles of all time – Brandy & Monica‘s iconic duet, ‘The Boy Is Mine.’
For commemoration of that occasion and other reasons (see: purported rivalry, occupying similar spaces in music history, etc.), the divas’ longtime fans are calling for them to participate in the ‘VERZUZ’ battle craze to highlight gems from their respectively prized discographies.
As both ladies are hot on the promo trail for their most recent ventures (see: Bran’s new single ‘Baby Mama,’ Mo’s VH1 reality series ‘Friends & Family Hustle’), they’ve both been quizzed on their interest in engaging on the platform.
Look inside to see their responses:
Taking to Atlanta’s ‘V-103’ radio station recently, Mo said:
“The reality is, I think ‘Boy Is Mine’ is such a phenomenal record because we’re polar opposites. And I think that’s dope,” Monica told Atlanta’s V-103. “[The battle] would have to be a celebratory form of it. It would just have to be. I just don’t see it any other way.”
Elaborating on previous battles she enjoyed, Mo stated:
“[Teddy Riley & Babyface] knew each other’s records, they gave each other love the whole time and I think that’s what made it so dope. [But], people have put [Monica & Brandy] against each other for twenty-something years,” she continued. “I’ve been trying to tell people for about 25 years you can like both! [If] you’re going to turn this into 1998 all over again, I have no interest in that.”
Not only did Brandy exclusively tell That Grape Juice she was open to the concept (as we reported here), she reiterated her stance when she took to our friends at Essence.
Start at 12:35:
‘I don’t really see myself doing that. I’m open to it, but I haven’t really thought about it,” said Brandy.
As both ladies expressed openness (yet hesitation) to the question, there still may be a chance we’ll see it. While we await official news on that, the first female competition on the platform will come courtesy of Neo-Soul Queens Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.
Click here to read more on that.