Almost two months after Chris Brown made headlines for declining an invite to battle Usher on the wildly popular #VERZUZ platform (click here to read that), the ‘Confessions’ crooner has similarly confessed he has no interest in participating in a hit-for-hit duel…with anybody.
His comments echo a previously made statement by his ‘Shake Down’ duet partner Mary J. Blige who also shook her head when quizzed on her desire to spar with a musical equivalent on the Instagram-hosted arena.
Hot on the promo trail for his new song ‘Bad Habits’ and a recently announced Vegas residency (as we reported here), the 8x GRAMMY winner was relayed his thoughts about the tune-for-tune showdown while running the gamut of a radio tour.
Though sure to express his appreciation for the cultural impact of the Swizz Beatz and Timbaland-created phenomenon, Usher maintained he didn’t think the opportunity was suited for him at this time.
See the interview below:
0:45 – Discusses using Poet’s name as middle name for his new baby
1:25 – Reveals he’s been doing the majority of Zoom calls pantless
1:55 – Discussed new song “Bad Habits”
7:30 – Discusses his upcoming Las Vegas residency
12:25 – Discusses “I Cry” and if his children were the inspiration for it
16:00 – Back to school learning with his sons
18:00 – Asked about doing a Verzuz
[source: WPGC 95.5 FM]
In a separate chat, Ush played a game with POWER 106 to engage in a solo “VERZUZ” – comparing his hits from different eras to each other.
Starting at the 20:13 mark, look below to see his favorite songs from his prized discography.
Elsewhere, Blige – while hot on the promo trail for her new hit series ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ – took to BRAVO’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ (September 8).
While reflecting on the Brandy and Monica #VERZUZ battle (which broke ratings records when it aired August 31), the Queen of Hip Hop Soul praised the event but expressly denied interest in participating herself.
See what she said in the clip above.