Nelly and Ludacris were two of the most prominent hip-hop artists of the early 2000s, developing the sound of the genre while representing St. Louis and Atlanta, respectively. Their personalities were undeniable; they each had more success than most traditional pop heroes of the time.
On Saturday evening (May 16), the two biggest summits clashed on Instagram Live, without doubt the most publicized battle of the Verzuz series organized by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz to date. “It will be a historic night!” Ludacris, swinging a giant chain and a return shirt from the Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, said before slaughter while painting his afro with a choice. “I feel the energy of the whole world! “
After Nelly’s first signing, Luda also mentioned that this year marks the 20th anniversary of their first two albums – Back for the first time for Ludacris, Country grammar for Nelly, who both sold millions of copies while setting up extended success streaks. As Nelly said to her compatriot and competitor from Verzuz between the chicken bites, “Your longevity is impeccable! “
After Nelly had some technical difficulties at the start, the two superstars began to deploy the blows. Find out how Billboard marked the Saturday night hip-hop duel between Ludacris and Nelly.
Round 1: Jermaine Dupri feat. “Welcome to Atlanta” by Ludacris against Nelly feat. “Na-NaNa-Na” by Jaze Pha
After describing Nelly as an honorary ATL, there was no better way for Luda to start the battle than with her top 40 Jermaine Dupri. Dedicated nelly Sweat highlight “Na-NaNa-Na” to her sister, Jackie Donahue – it was the last video she styled for him before she died – but the emotional moment was marred by WiFi issues.
Tour 2: Ludacris feat. “P-Poppin” by Shawnna & Lil Fate versus “Tip Drill” by Nelly
Luda screamed for strip club food after grooving at her Chicken and beer single … then Nelly’s Internet became untenable, leading to a prolonged delay. When he returned to battle, however, Chief St. Lunatic did so triumphantly with his classic BET Uncut, and scored a victory while avoiding a postponement.
Tour 3: Ludacris feat. “My Chick Bad” by Nicki Minaj against “Pimp Juice” by Nelly
When it was time to shout the ladies, Luda went straight to a classic of the last period (and entertained Tiffany Haddish, who had a ball in the comments). Too bad for him that an invigorated Nelly deployed one of her most undeniable landmarks Nellyville, and took the lead in the battle.
Round 4: “Ho” by Ludacris against “Flap Your Wings” by Nelly
“What is a pimp without a ho?” “Ludacris posed following Nelly’s” Pimp Juice “with one of his first basic foods … then Nelly gave up again, which allowed Luda to play” Holidae In “by Chingy while waiting for her challenger reconnects. “Flap Your Wings” remains an eternal jam and the top single in this confrontation, but it was increasingly difficult to fall and put your eagle in the midst of such WiFi frustration. Call it a draw.
Round 5: “Saturday (Ooooh! Ooooh!)” De Ludacris contre Nelly feat. City Spud Ride Wit Me
“I’m going to change the tempo very quickly!” “Nelly announced after Ludacris dropped a real Word of Mouf gem and seemed ready to mark another W … but you don’t bring a knife to a shootout, and “Ride Wit Me” is too heavy a weapon to lose against “Saturday” (or any other day, for that matter ).
Round 6: Ludacris feat. “What’s Your Fantasy” by Shawnna against “Country Grammar (Hot S – t)” by Nelly
Perhaps feeling that Nelly was diving into her bag of classics and reaping a series of victories, Luda went directly to seek her unassailable single to settle her competitor – but then Nelly did the same, throwing “Country Grammar” without hesitation. There is no way there is a loser here.
Round 7: “Rollout (My Business)” by Ludacris against Nelly feat. “Body on Me” by Ashanti
Ludacris dedicated another first success to its producer, Timbaland; almost two decades after the explosion of “Rollout,” they still record together, as Luda demonstrated during her debut “Silence of the Lambs” earlier in the evening. Nelly countered with the 2008 Akon / Ashanti collaboration “Body on Me”, but the song for the ladies couldn’t match the street anthem.
Round 8: Ludacris “Splash Waterfalls (Wthing You Want Remix)” against Nelly feat. “Ma place” by Jaheim
“We had to go to the ladies,” noted Ludacris when he followed Nelly’s “Body on Me” with one of his signature jams, and Nelly decided to follow him by becoming more “sentimental” with his Jaheim team rock solid – up. A nice change from the St. Louis star, but the number of “emojis splash” in the comments gave Luda that W.
Tour 9: Ciara feat. “Oh” by Ludacris against The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and “Nasty Girl” from Avery Storm
Battle for features! Before pressing play on Ciara’s “Oh”, Ludacris described his guest spot on the track as one of his favorite verses – and then played some of the lyrics while listening, including mimicking a camera on “Take a movie – flick-flick-flick!,” Which was incredible. Then Nelly faltered while playing “Nasty Girl”, from Notorious B.I.G. 2005. posthumous release Duets: the last chapter, which isn’t … one of Nelly’s best worms.
Round 10: Nas feat. Ludacris and Jadakiss “Made You Look” (Remix) against Beanie Sigel and Freeway feat. “Roc The Mic” by Nelly and Murphy Lee (Remix)
Aafter a Biggie cup was played in the previous round, Ludacris decided to continue the battle in New York with his fierce remix of “Made You Look” by Nas; Nelly then brought the toll back to Philly for the “Roc The Mic” remix, on which a fellow St. Louis native, Murphy Lee, joined Beanie Sigel and Freeway. Both remixes worthy, but Nelly gets the slight edge for the unexpected warmth.
Round 11: Nelly’s “1000 Stacks” vs Shawty Lo “Dey Know” remix (feat. Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Plies and Lil Wayne)
With the order changed, Nelly moved the battle briefly into the 2010s with her song 5.0 “1000 Stacks”, which featured Diddy and the Notorious BIG, while Luda returned with the 2007 “Dirty South” remix of the revolutionary single from ATL native of Shawty Lo. As the MCs yelled at the collaborators to no longer be with us, “Dey Know” started the party with more glee.
Round 12: Jagged Edge feat. “Where The Party At” by Nelly (feat. Nelly) against Usher feat. “Yeah! »From Ludacris & Lil Jon
It’s easy to forget that “Where the Party At”, by the R&B collective Jagged Edge, was one of the biggest commercial moments of a rising Nelly in the early 2000s, peaking at number 3 on the Hot 100 and positioning it as a must. artist. Wondering what was even bigger, though? The irresistible west of Ouher !, which is arguably the biggest success in Ludacris’ career. So close to victory, Nelly and Luda once again thwarted you.
Tour 13: Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp’s “Grillz” vs Ludacris feat. Shawnna’s “Standing”
After Ludacris deployed “Yeah! “Nelly applauded the top of the Hot 100 – then unveiled one of her own, grooving at her 2005 smash” Grillz “and shouting” buddy Paul Wall “. We thank Ludacris for countering with another N ° 1 simple to follow suit, and at least take out a tie in the lathe.
Tour 14: Nelly feat. Kyjuan, Ali & Murphy Lee “Air Force Ones” versus “Southern Hospitality” by Ludacris
“This is probably one of my favorite records,” said Ludacris after Nelly dropped the influential St. Lunatics “Air Force Ones” cup, acting as if he was going to give up his sleeve … but then he played one of his favorite singles, the Neptunes classic that melts the face “Southern Hospitality”, and knotted things again. How can one of these songs lose? They just can’t.
Round 15: Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee “Shake Ya Tailfeather” against DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross “All I do is win”
“All I Do Is Win” will raise the hands, of course, and Ludacris’ verse has the most kinetic bars of the cut, but when that mermaid started to sound on “Shake Ya Tailfeather” – another mash-up stronger hip hop styles – Nelly had this one in the bag. Bad boys ii for life.
Round 16: Nelly’s “Just a Dream” against the exploit of Ludacris. Nate Dogg’s “Regional Codes”
Ludacris had to save this one for when he really needed it, right? Nelly professed the desire to move to “certain stages – t” and played her 2010 pop hit “Just a Dream”, then Ludacris surpassed it by wanting to “go global” and abandoning one of his signature singles . Rush hour 2 for life.
Round 17: “E.I.” by Nelly “Money Maker” by Ludacris (unreleased remix with Nelly)
Presentation of an award commemorating his beginnings in the sale of diamonds Country grammar, Nelly waved her arms and smiled lovingly throughout “E.I.”; then, Ludacris became poetic about the way he and Nelly never collaborated, except that they had collaborated, apparently, on a new version of his hit n ° 1 “Money Maker”. The surprise was so exciting that Nelly asked Luda to send her the song after she disconnected!
Tour 18: Nelly feat. “Get Like Me” by Nicki Minaj and Pharrell against “How Low” by Ludacris
Fun fact (it’s not a fact): “Get Like Me”, a punchy single from Nelly 2013 starring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams, still reigns, and should have been much bigger when it was released! Meanwhile, “How Low” is yet another top 10 hit in the Ludacris arsenal. Underestimated can fall ubiquitous in the right circumstances, but not in this one.
Round 19: “Hot in Herre” by Nelly against “Move B – ch” by Ludacris
Nelly finally played the best card from her hand. “Move B – ch” continues to take place in clubs, but the always huge “Hot in Herre” has never been beaten, no matter what Ludacris countered it (although we thank the man for having let the Mystikal verse play and sound) correctly).
Round 20: “Dilemma” by Nelly against Lil Jon and “Lovers and Friends” by East Side Boyz (feat. Usher and Ludacris)
“All my couples there!” Nelly yelled at the camera when the pace of the “Dilemma” dropped – Kelly Rowland-assisted jam replaced “Hot in Herre” at the top of the Hot 100 charts in 2002, and similarly, Nelly won victories late in the game while Ludacris trotted the “Yeah!” “Followed” Lovers and Friends “with Lil Jon and Usher.
Expanded catalog: Nelly
Ludacris has a cargo of hip-hop hits and has stayed true to them as his artistic foundation; Meanwhile, Nelly seemed a little more playful in her song selections, opting for singles from the last period, unexpected pop spreads and surprising remix choices. Not all decisions were sound, but Nelly deserves a point for creativity.
The biggest snub: Nelly (Point: Ludacris)
Due to Nelly’s uneven internet connection, Ludacris was able to squeeze a few remaining cuts into the livestream, including “Holidae In” and “Pimpin ‘around the world”, but in the 20 rounds he did not neglect anything as blatant – or as musically punchy! – like “Over and Over”, the Nelly-Tim McGraw collaboration which reached number 3 on the Hot 100 and paved the way for future rap-country crossovers. Hard to blame Nelly for playing a few more traditional hip hop songs, but this one was too big to ignore.
Best Banter: Ludacris
Aside from his career as a rapper and actor, Ludacris is an excellent master of ceremonies, hosting TV shows (like the rebooted Fear factor) and awards galas (including the Billboard Music Awards in the past). This skill shone on Saturday night, as her interaction with Nelly was respectful, fact-filled and generally silky – always thinking on her feet, Luda would often find ways to move from selecting songs from Nelly to hers. Nelly may have shown the most passion when the blows rang out, but Ludacris wasted no time in leading the conversation.
Biggest knockout: Nelly
Ludacris delivered absolute body shots during the battle, but when “Saturday (Ooooh! Ooooh!)”, One of his most effervescent jams, was followed by “Ride Wit Me”, Nelly essentially elevated the competition and challenged Luda to break the glass on her biggest hits a little earlier than expected. Even when Ludacris ended up delivering back-to-back, the beat of “Ride Wit Me” at full speed was the most instantaneous victory of the evening.
World Championship: Ludacris
Forget the first WiFi problems, which seemed to be due to stormy weather in Saint-Louis and turned Twitter against Nelly; When this battle started and Ludacris came with his Class A equipment, the Internet could sense who was winning this fight. Luda countered many of Nelly’s most unruffled tracks with top-notch singles, and a late execution of “Regional Codes”, an unreleased version of “Money Maker” with Nelly himself on the track, and “How Low” eventually became a murderer line that sealed the deal. This fight was not a rout, but a decisive W for Ludacris nonetheless.
FINAL SCORE: 12-9-4, Ludacris