Brandy & Monica Weigh In On Prospect of ‘VERZUZ’ Battle [Videos]

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2020 by Rashad

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.”

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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.

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  1. 🙋🏿‍♀️Jazzy+Da+Bi+Asian+💁🏿‍♀️Not+👹+TROLLmine+💁🏿‍♀️Nor+🗑+TRASHmine May 2, 2020

    It’s honestly a stupid idea. Good music is good music, no artist has a true versus except themselves. PERIOD

    • MsMay May 3, 2020

      Agreed. These women don’t need it. Resurrect some you ain’t haters from in a minute

    • Pat May 3, 2020

      Monica’s hits r local

  2. Susan May 2, 2020

    Monica doesn’t want this embarrassment. Brandy has hits for days that FAR exceed anything from Mo. I mean, It’s not hard to beat “so gone” 🙄🙄🤣

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 2, 2020

      U SOUND STUPID

      THE FIRST NIGHT #1 HOT 100

      ANGEL OF MINE #1 HOT 100

      DONT TAKE IT PERSONAL #2 HOT 100 #1 R&B

      FOR YOU I WILL #4 HOT 100

      LIKE THIS AND LIKE THAT

      BEFORE YOU WALK OUT MY LIFE, BOTH TOP 10 HOT 100, #1 R&B

      SO GONE TOP 10 HOT 100 #1 R&B

      MONICA IS THE ONLY ARTIST TO TOP THE R&B SONGS CHART IN THE 90s 2000s & 2010s. SHE ALSO HAS MORE #1 ALBUMS THAN BRANDY SHE WAS ALSO THE LAST ONE OF THEM TO GO GOLD OR PLATINUM WHICH BRANDY HASNT DONE SINCE 2004.

      BRANDY DIDNT SCORE ANY HITS PAST FULL MOON. BRANDY WOULD BE THE ONE EMBARRASSED ONCE SHE PLAYS PUT IT DOWN 😂😂😂. THIS IS WHY SHE HATES MONICA SO MUCH NOW.

      BABY MAMA IS ALSO TERRIBLE BRANDY KNEW BETTER

      • Susan May 2, 2020

        Charts mean nothing. Old town road is the longest running #1 song In the US and that song sucks. It’s not that hard for anyone to beat Monica in this. Sorry. And angel of mine was a COVER.

      • Mr+RCW May 3, 2020

        Come through with the facts!!!!

        #teamMONICA

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        GIRL UR A SPECIAL NEEDS CASE. THE BATTLES ON VERZUZ ARE ABOUT HITS!!! IT IS LITERALLY HIT FOR HIT. NOW UR JUST TALKIN. N WHO CARES IF IT WAS A COVER. THE UK VERSION DIDNT DO WHAT THE US VERSION DID. BRANDY COULD HAVE A MILLION SONGS BUT SHE DOESNT HAVE MORE HITS THAN MONICA N THATS ON PERIOD. SO SHE WOULD BE VERY HARD TO BEAT SINCE SHES BEEN STACKING HIT SINGLES SINCE 14. OLD TOWN IS ONE BIG HIT. MONICA HAS SEVERAL. NOBODY CARES IF U DONT LIKE THE SONGS. THE HITS ARE THERE. SO IN THESE BATTLES CHARTS MEAN EVERYTHING OR HAVE U NOT BEEN WATCHING. THATS THE WHOLE PREMISE.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        YASSSSS RECEIPTS MONICA IS HEAVY IN THE HITS DEPARTMENT

      • Bogus May 4, 2020

        Susan says charts don’t matter I forgot it only matters when it’s Bey or Nicki

    • MsMay May 3, 2020

      Stfu. It’s airheads like you, that keep a fake fued going. Clearly they are 2 different unpressed women.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        LOL BUT UR HERE….SAYIN NOTHIN

  3. eric May 2, 2020

    Battles between producers I can understand because they created the music, but I think it would be dumb to start having artist battles. I still have trouble understanding why some people act like they can only have one favorite, because like Monica said in this interview and Instagram Live the other night, it’s okay to like two different artists who are close in age or whatever. Let’s just celebrate good music.

    • Danny+Bey May 2, 2020

      THIS.

    • Susan May 2, 2020

      Then ask Monica why she punched brandy in the face.

      • Jes May 3, 2020

        Because Brandy was known to talk s#it. She even spoke Ill of Aaliyah, and was slick with Britney.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        @JES EXACTLY N MONICA WAS THE ONE TO CALL U OUT ON IT. BRANDY IS THE SAME WAY SHE WAS BACK THEN.

  4. Martaevia La’Wayne May 2, 2020

    They’re both great artist.I think the only reason people wanna see it is because they’ve been comparing them for so many years now. It’s crazy. They’re both incredible. Just let it be.
    Definitely ready for both albums!

    • Susan May 2, 2020

      Both albums? Monica will never ever release an album. Wasn’t she on GMA performing commitment over 2 years ago? Where’s the album? Oh, that’s right, she’s severely in debt to RCA and cannot afford to independently fund this new album and is on the verge of filing bankruptcy. Hopefully she keeps a storyline so she can stay on the family hustle…nasty rabbit toothed b****

      • Jes May 3, 2020

        🤣😭You are seething up and down this post. Simmer down cabróna 🤣

      • Mr+RCW May 3, 2020

        You mean Monica’s number 1 hit commitment…don’t leave that out sweets

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        GIRL U UP N DOWN THIS POST TRYNA MAKE UP LIES ON MONICA. COMMITMENT CAME OUT IN 2019, UR A LIAR. HER CONTRACT WITH RCA WAS UP. EVEN WHEN SHE DIDNT GO GOLD OR PLATINUM CLIVE WAS NEVA DROPPING MO. COMMITMENT HIT #1 IN R&B. LOL N WHO IS BANKRUPT. U MEAN BRANDY THE ONE WHO LIED ABOUT BEIN A VIRGIN BEIN MARRIED GOT PREGNANT BY WANYA MORRIS OR THE ONE WHO CAUSED THAT LADY TO LOSE HER LIFE IN THAT CAR. GIRL GONE. MONICA IS THE ONE STILL ACTIVELY N SUCCESSFULLY TOURING.

  5. Are You Kidding Me? May 2, 2020

    Brandy is shady and always throwing shots. I do no care for her personality. Monica seems WAY more mature.

    • Are You Kidding Me? May 2, 2020

      do not care**

    • Susan May 2, 2020

      Then why’d Monica punch brandy? Monica is gutter trash and insecure. Rabbit toothed b****

      • Jes May 3, 2020

        😂😂 You’re seething, all while stanning for Brandy’s alien face, baby teeth, d*ck sucking behind the set of Moesha (Ask Fredro Star who said Brandy had a weak head game) a** 🤣🤣😭😭😭

        Now simmer down.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        LOL YET BRANDY IS THE ONE WHO WAS STILL BRINGING MONICA UP DECADES LATER WHILE MONICA WAS ACTUALLY LEGALLY MARRIED WIT HER FAMILY N HER ACTIVE CAREER UNLIKE BRANDY WHO DROPS ALBUMS EVERY FULL MOON OF EVERY 10th YEAR 😂😂😂😂😂😂

        BRANDY IS ALSO JEALOUS OF BEYONCE

  6. 1988 May 2, 2020

    All I see is pure TALENT in that picture. Question: Why does Monica’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song The First Night always sound like the first time you ever heard it?

    I should make a move but I won’t
    And then you probably thinkin’ something is wrong
    Knowing if I do that it won’t be right
    I wanna get down, but not the first night

    Like for real. 🙂

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      TIMELESSNESS

  7. Around the way filet May 3, 2020

    the producers should be battling not them. idk about brandy but monica didn’t write or produce any of her hits.

    • S May 3, 2020

      Brandy had a hand in writing The Boy is Mine fyi..
      And What About Us, He Is, Beggin’ & Pleadin’, Freedom Rings & other album tracks.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        BEGGIN & PLEADIN WASNT A HIT NOR WAS FREEDOM RINGS. LASHAWN N RODNEY WROTE THE MAJORITY OF TBIM

  8. Yolanda May 3, 2020

    do they have 20 hits a piece

    • Ajm265 May 3, 2020

      Monica does… brandy sold more album but Muncie had the hotter singles… I don’t think this a great idea Because this will cause fans like that crazy Susan lady on here to rehash a beef that truly was never there.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        SUSAN IS TRULY MENTAL. POOR THING. MONICA HAS MORE HITS N TRUTHFULLY BRANDYS SALES ARE INFLATED JUST LIKE THAT VOCAL BIBLE TITLE. BRANDY HAD ONE HUGE ALBUM N HER SALES HAVE DECLINED SINCE. SHE HASNT GONE GONE GOLD OR PLATINUM SINCE 2004. MONICA HAS.

      • Yolanda May 3, 2020

        Good morning. Could you least Monica’s 20 songs, or at least 10?

      • Yolanda May 3, 2020

        *list* not least

      • Bravo!! May 3, 2020

        Do you history check before speaking

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        YOLANDA I LISTED PLENTY OF THEM ABOVE

      • Yolanda May 3, 2020

        I counted 7. I’m not trying to challenge you because I love Monica but Swizz says that the artists must submit 20 hits and I don’t think neither one of them have 20 hits. Also, I hope Verzuz doesn’t stray into something else. I thought it was for songwriting or producing. Now, it’s all about hits? Lil Kim, Missy, and Nicki can do that easily.

  9. I+love+big+black+c** May 3, 2020

    No fighting ladies…. even they both from da hood…..

  10. Tyty May 3, 2020

    This thing started off as a good cultural movement celebrating iconic black musicians, producers etc…. now I can see it veering off into an off putting direction. 🥴

  11. DeanD May 3, 2020

    Just look at the majority of comments on this article to understand why they won’t ever do it. Toxicity at its most off-putting. Listing an artist’s stats doesn’t prove their superiority, it proves your insecurity and neither Brandy or Monica want any part of it which they’ve been saying for literal decades.

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      EXCEPT THE BATTLE IS ABOUT STATS. VERZUZ IS LITERALLY A HIT FOR HIT BATTLE 😂

      • DeanD May 3, 2020

        It’s quality of song vs quality of song,not Billboard position vs Billboard because most artists wouldn’t even be able to compete.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        NO ITS LITERALLY HIT VS HIT. HIT FOR HIT HAS BEEN THE BASIS OF THE ENTIRE VERZUZ BATTLES FOR THE ENTIRETY NOW. SINGLES ONLY. HIT SINGLES.

    • DeanD May 3, 2020

      It really isn’t. I watched the Babyface vs Teddy Riley battle. It’s catalog vs catalog. If you ain’t top 40 on Billboard (which this site insists is the measure of success) then Guy, After 7 and even Foxy Brown ain’t it. They are battling the quality of the music. And besides that and to the point, Monica and Brandy ain’t here for toxic fandom that thinks chart positions equate quality.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        AGAIN YOU HAVE IT WRONG. THE BATTLE WAS HIT FOR HIT. ALL THOSE SONGS THEY PLAYED WERE VERY BIG HITS, CROSSOVER HITS AT THAT. HIT SINGLES. SINGLES. SINGLES. AGAIN, SINGLES.

        ALL THE SONGS THEY PLAYED HAD CHART IMPACT OR DID U MISS WHEN SWIZZ N TIM BOTH SAID ITS HIT FOR HIT. WHICH IS WHAT BABYFACE N TEDDY PLAYED.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        ALL THOSE RECORDS THEY PLAYED WERE TOP 40. CLEARLY UR A 2000s BABY OR DIDNT LISTEN TO THE RADIO.

  12. Hits+studio May 3, 2020

    It’s about Songs Also they can do It from a list of songs they both release ..

    Monica has 25+
    Brandy has 22+

    Monica a shelved album that still released a ok successful song (All eyes on Me)

  13. FAF May 3, 2020

    They’re compared so often it would be pointless

    Versus is supposed to remind younger people all the hits these people produced

    Brandy and Monica is still an argument being held on stan twitter

  14. Paulo May 3, 2020

    I would love that in a perfect world but in the real one no ma’am! Monica doesn’t need all that salt and bitterness on her plate just to promote an album

  15. Wiggle May 3, 2020

    Brandy worldwide famous artist not lyke monika

    • Yolanda May 3, 2020

      True, because of Cinderella and Whitney (Fairy Godmother), Moesha, I Wanna Be Down Remix, and being on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.

      • Kelly fornia May 3, 2020

        And never say never!!! Monika stole eternal’s angel of mine song

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      YET MONICA TOURS MORE THAN BRANDY DOES. MONICA WAS THE LAST ONE TO HAVE A HOT 100 HIT AS WELL AS A CERTIFIED ALBUM.

  16. Bravo!! May 3, 2020

    Monica will want to slap brandy again! Brandy’s first two albums hand down are classics. All most ever album brandy released back then was a whole body of work. I use to find myself with Monica album skipping songs. We already know who the winner will be.

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      MONICA SOLD MORE. HAS MORE HITS. BRANDY FIZZLED OUT AROUND 2004

      • Around the way filet May 3, 2020

        never say never outsold monicas entire discography 🤨

      • Kelly fornia May 3, 2020

        in which world she outsold brandy?

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        NEVER SAY NEVER IS ONE ALBUM THAT SOLD WELL. NAME ANOTHER BRANDY ALBUM THAT DID BETTER. BRANDY WAS LAST RIAA CERTIFIED IN 2004. MAKE THAT MAKE SENSE.

      • G-bby May 3, 2020

        Brandy has 2 multi-platinum (Brandy, Never Say Never), one platinum (Full Moon) and one gold (Afrodisac) albums.

        Monica has one multi-platinum album (The Boy Is Mine), two platinum albums (Miss Thang and After The Storm) and one gold (Still Standing) albums.

  17. iAmJamesAl May 3, 2020

    This thread is the reason they don’t want to do the versus!!! 😂😂😂

  18. Susan May 3, 2020

    Glory by Britney Spears is currently rising on the US iTunes Charts (at FULL price). Justice for Glory! Currently #56 (wasn’t in the top 200 an hour ago)!

    • Kelly fornia May 3, 2020

      Glory is worst bs albüm. Sheis not r& b singer

      • Susan May 3, 2020

        What? Lol. Britney Jean is her worst album. Glory isn’t an r&b album 😂 clearly you haven’t heard it. Just because make me and slumber party had urban flare, doesn’t mean it’s an r&b album. Britney knows her audience…unlike Justin Bieber who actually released an r&b album that underperformed

  19. IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

    DONT TAKE IT PERSONAL
    LIKE THIS AND LIKE THAT
    WHY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
    BEFORE YOU WALK OUT MY LIFE
    FOR YOU I WILL
    THE FIRST NIGHT
    ANGEL OF MINE
    THE BOY IS MINE
    SO GONE
    U SHOULDVE KNOWN BETTER
    ALL EYEZ ON ME
    AINT NOBODY
    JUST ANOTHER GIRL
    EVERYTHING TO ME
    LOVE ALL OVER ME
    KNOCK KNOCK
    TRUST
    EVERYTIME THA BEAT DROP

    MOST RECENTLY COMMITMENT WENT #1. I COUNT 20 SONGS MONICA COULD EASILY WIN WITH. SEVERAL OF WHICH WENT #1.

  20. Ashley May 3, 2020

    I love both ladies equally and to this day “The Boy Is Mine” is still my favorite song from Brandy’s “Never Say Never” album.

  21. Interac May 3, 2020

    Monica has more hits. Period. But both ladies are phenomenal. It’s something about Monica’s songs that just have that hype when they come on, even if it’s a ballad.

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      EXACTLY. THANK U. THE BATTLE IS ABOUT HITS. MONICA HAS MORE. NOT TO MENTION SHE JUST RECENTLY WENT #1. SHE WAS THE LAST TO SCORE ANY HITS IN RECENT TIME OR GO GOLD OR PLATINUM. BRANDY STARTED DROPPING IN SALES AFTER NEVER SAY NEVER.

  22. Gee May 3, 2020

    Truthfully Brandy killed her career with the marriage sham. After that she was no longer America’s good girl, and her album sales, and image took a major hit, and she has never really recovered. Hopefully she can garner some great attention, and success with this new album. On another note The Brandy vs. Monica thing of the 90’s is dead both women have grown, and they both are intel different spaces in their lives. It is ok to appreciate, and like them both.

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

      SONJA NORWOOD REALLY DID A NUMBER ON BOTH HER KIDS TBH.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH May 3, 2020

        THOSE CAREERS JUST PLUMMETED.

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