Timbaland Still Pushing for Anita Baker & Sade #VERZUZ: ‘We Need To Give Them Their Flowers’

Published: Friday 29th Jan 2021 by Rashad

If nothing else, Timbaland is consistent.

The multi-Platinum hitmaker – one-half of the masterminds behind the Web sensation #VERZUZ alongside fellow producer extraordinaire Swizz Beatz – has never made a secret of his desire for Queen of Quiet Storm Anita Baker to be a guest on the viral platform.

Just five months ago, the 48-year-old took to Instagram to call for Baker to battle her fellow GRAMMY-winning R&B legend Sade – a post that drew thousands of “likes” and similar calls from his followers.

Fast forward to January 2021 (as both divas celebrated birthdays this month), Timbo took to press to reiterate his wish to have the ladies showcase their respective timeless catalogs on #VERZUZ.

Joined by Beatz, Tim took to ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ earlier this month to discuss the wild popularity of the #VERZUZ series, what the future holds for it, and – of course – their respective dream match-ups.

For him, the answer was simple:  Anita and Sade.

When quizzed on the matter, he said:

“We’ve got to give Anita her flowers to tell this woman just how much her music’s done for me.  We can’t leave this world without Anita Baker or celebrating Sade.”

Check out the interview highlights (as listed below) to see what else he said.

Interview highlights

1:48 – How the global health crisis shaped the creation of #VERZUZ

4:01 – Their favorite performances

4:51 – The ‘most beautiful’ moments

6:15 – Timbaland on wanting Anita Baker & Sade

9:55 – Timbaland on his musical beginnings with Aaliyah and Missy Elliott

17:50 – On Swizz & Timbaland’s favorite respective production credits to date

[photo source:  Getty Images/AP Images/FilmMagic]

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  1. What Would Whitney Do January 29, 2021

    The global health crisis has nothing to do with versus it was started because you wanted to go after Whitney Houston

  2. What Would Whitney Do January 29, 2021

    Y’all wanted Whitney and Mariah but y’all don’t have enough money
    Now it’s . Anita Baker n Mary Blige or Mary vz rkelly.

  3. K’’man January 29, 2021

    Sade will never do it! If she only releases an album or song every few years. I doubt she will do this!

  4. Pat January 29, 2021

    It’s too ghetto of a platform for Sade to make her first big appearance in years

  5. What Would Whitney Do January 30, 2021

    Go ahead with Mary j Blige vz rkelly

  6. Chica January 30, 2021


  7. TrollKilla January 30, 2021

    Just want to point out that Sadé is a group

    • Your Name January 30, 2021

      The band is literally named after her though. Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu.

  8. Your Name January 30, 2021

    Neither will do it. Sade doesn’t make public appearances and Anita is a massive diva that retired. Both have gotten their flowers and their music still resonates with generations. They don’t need the Verzuz platform for that.

  9. Cody+s January 30, 2021

    I want to see DC3 stomp out TLC

  10. Whateverrrrr January 30, 2021

    Too classy bruv. They ain’t got time for your dumb show. Maybe Anita, but for Sade it’s a NO.

  11. C**-ila January 30, 2021

    Sade will never accept it! She doesn’t appear in public much I doubt it she want to expose herself on verzuz.
    She is a legend and celebrated all over the world 🔥

  12. Indomacho BranDon February 1, 2021

    Not a match. Anita & Toni B, thats a real battle.

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