In what has become standard fare since the #VERZUZ platform skyrocketed into popularity, its creators – Timbaland and Swizz Beatz – follow each battle with a reflection on the previous duel and discuss who would be great prospective match-ups for future showdowns.
Such was no different Sunday, September 13 as the culture collectively celebrated revisiting the prized discographies of the latest combatants Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle.
Yet, while the two producers were on the “wind down,” they discussed and later disagreed that longtime friends/collaborators Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott would be a good pairing – with Beatz even insinuating Jackson did not have enough hits to compete.
Needless to say, the suggestion sent the Pop Queen’s fans on the attack – a string of events that led Swizz to social media Tuesday (September 15) to clarify yet double down on his original statement.
See what we mean inside:
As seen above, Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley) argued in favor of a Janet/Missy match-up while Beatz (born Kaseem Dean) argued otherwise.
While shaking his head at Mosley’s belief the musical showdown would be an opportune pairing, Dean suggested Janet’s catalog – which boasts 27 Hot 100 top 10 hits (including 10 #1s) – lacked enough umph to be compared To Elliott’s as she is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer.
As Jackson’s supporters launched into a two-day tirade by slamming Dean on his social media handles for his insinuation, he took to Instagram to defend himself earlier today.
As seen in the caption accompanying the post, Swizz said:
“FYI what I mean by better person! I mean a person that fit the vibe better !!!!”
At writing, Jackson has not responded to the hoopla. Missy, on the other hand, did not support Swizz’s assertion.
Lol I was home watching Janet when she was already a SUPA Star so that tells you how BIG her vault of hits is🙌🏾🤣 pic.twitter.com/s3isssnK66
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 14, 2020