Round 1: Xscape’s «Is My Living in Vain» contre Coko feat. Faith Evans, Fantasia et Lil Mo’s “Give me”
After heartfelt prayer led by Tamika Scott, Xscape jumped straight into full harmony, performing a cover of “Is My Living in Vain” by the Clark sisters from their 1993 debut. Hummin ‘Comin’ At Ya. In response, the SWV singer tapped into her bag of gospel music with her 2006 cover of “Endow Me” by the Clark Sisters.
Round 2: “Feels So Good” by Xscape vs. SWV feat. “Can We” by Missy Elliott
In a rebound battle, Xscape upped the mood up a notch by playing their collaboration with Jermaine Dupri “Feels So Good” from sophomore album “Off the Hook”. While Missy Elliott was not in attendance, SWV showed the rap icon’s love by fighting back with “Can We”.
“We have to slow down, all of you – we’ve all got the ballads,” Xscape’s Tiny said, as the band dove into their 1997 song “Am I Dreaming,” a collaboration with new swing jack band Ol ‘Skool and Keith Sweat. SWV recalled its collaboration with Babyface for its contribution to the Waiting to expire soundtrack, later sampled (via Dpat’s “Inhale”) by Bryson Tiller on his single “Inhale” in 2020.
Round 4: « What’s Up » de Xscape contre « When U Cry » de SWV
Taking the ground, Xscape embarked on “What’s Up” from their unpublished album unleashed (later featured in the 2005 film ATL), subtly mixing the track with the 2000 single “Don’t Think I’m Not” by band member Kandi Burruss. At a different pace, SWV covered “When U Cry” from their 1997 album. Release some tension, paying homage to the late DMX and Andre Harrell.
Round 5: “The arms of the one who loves you” from Xscape against “Downtown” from SWV
Complimenting her sister’s voice, Xscape’s LaTocha Scott selected “The Arms of the Loving One” to counter SWV’s previous ballad. On a sexually charged note, SWV took two steps to “Downtown”, the sultry track from their 1992 debut. It’s time.
Manche 6: MC Lyte feat. Xscape’s « Continue to continue » against SWV feat. “Someone” by Puff Daddy
While Xscape decided to sit on the stairs rather than the sofas, SWV stayed put as the groups faced each other. Tamika briefly danced with Leelee while Xscape played “Keep On Keepin ‘On”. “I didn’t even realize we were all on that soundtrack!” Taj said, after Xscape mentioned that the song was from the soundtrack of Above the edge – although the collaboration with MC Lyte was in fact of Sunset Park soundtrack. SWV then joked about Ciroc’s pronunciation while grooving on “Someone,” their 1997 song starring the rapper-mogul officially known as Puff Daddy.
In a move that might have countered “Downtown,” Xscape broke it down into their 1995 song “Work Me Slow” while Taj beamed with pride on Leelee’s vocals from their 2012 song “Everything I Love.”
Round 8: « Just Kickin ‘It » contre « You’re the One (Allstar Remix) et » You’re the One «
After a brief moment of confusion in the commercial, Xscape regrouped, shouting ATL icon and music mogul Jermaine Dupri, before taking the stage to perform “Just Kickin ‘It” with the ladies. “Jermaine looked beyond what we looked like at the time and gave us a deal,” Tamika said, possibly alluding to Biggie’s Xscape diss on his Ready to die piste «Just Playing (Dreams)».
Round 9: «Bills, Bills, Bills» de Destiny’s Child contre «Right Here (Human Nature)» de SWV
Outside of Xscape, the legendary Burruss pen has created songs for Alicia Keys, TLC, and NSYNC, but Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” was arguably his breakthrough in songwriting – while the track of 1999 became the first for DC to surpass the Billboard Hot 100 SWV then responded with a tribute to Michael Jackson as they sang their legendary song “Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)”. The group also gave a quick nod to Pharrell Williams who hit the classic hook of the song.
While the 90s were a turning point for black girl groups, Xscape was one of the few who sang a cappella. Looking back, the band caught their 1993 song “Tonight” which they recorded before it was signed – also shouting out at the Atlanta collective Organized Noize, who wrote the song. The atmosphere sparkled as SWV played its love cover of Patti Labelle’s “If Only You Knew”, closing the first half of the battle perfectly.
Round 11: SWV « I’m So Into You » contre « My Little Secret » de Xscape
After an intermission that ended with TI’s “Bring Em Out”, SWV led Round 11, taking center stage and heading out into “I’m So Into You”. By appropriately dimming the lights on the stage, Xscape took the time to “My Little Secret”.
Round 12: « Ain’t No Man » de SWV contre « Softest Place On Earth » de Xscape
Pulling a newer track, SWV launched a choreographed dance on “Ain’t No Man” from their 2016 album. Again. SWV’s move wasn’t enough to defeat Xscape and like the previous round, Xscape slowed it down to “Softest Place On Earth,” a track that the band’s Tamika Scott said made her husband a fan of the band. quartet.
Performing a stripped-down version of “Use Your Heart,” SWV pulled out standing mics and gently slid down the track as Taj hit vocals that stole the show. Taking another solo moment, Burruss struggled to conceal his explicit language on his 2006 E-40 and T-Pain collaboration “U And Dat”.
Round 14: Will Smith feat. «Men in Black» de Coko contre Mariah Carey feat. «Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix)» de Da Brat et Xscape
1997 film Men in black was an instant blockbuster, but the sci-fi comedy was also a highlight for Coko as the lead singer of the soundtrack’s title song, with post-Fresh prince Will Smith. In her 2020 autobiography, Mariah Carey recalls her classic collaboration with Xscape, Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat, as the latter surprised viewers by taking to the Verzuz stage to perform her scorching verse.
Round 15: SWV “You’re Always On My Mind” vs. Trick Daddy feat. “Thug Holiday” by LaTocha Scott
Screaming is About the weather executive producer and singer Brian Alexander Morgan, SWV released a gem from their 1992 debut album in “You’re Always on My Mind.” Xscape countered with a deeper cut than LaTocha Scott said she thought “really should be an anthem,” her “Thug Holiday” collaboration with Trick Daddy from 2002.
Hit play for her solo debut in 1999 Coko chaud, Coko rubbed shoulders with his “baby singer” Jalen Clemons for a brief duet. Digging deep into their new swing bag, Xscape is stunned by Off hook single “Can’t Hang” as Tamika joked that Burruss had all the lead roles.
Manche 17: «MCE (Man Crush Everyday») de SWV contre «Do You Want To» de Xscape
With Mothers Day only a few hours away, the mood shifted to Valentine’s Day as SWV tilted its hat over their #MCE, and Xscape was flirty for their 1995 single with overwhelming voices from Tiny and LaTocha.
Round 18: SWV’s «Rain» contre «No Scrubs» de TLC
“We’re so grateful that we had three trendy songs on TikTok and this is one of those songs,” Leelee said of SWV’s introduction to Gen-Z. An accompanying guitarist sat on the stairs in tribute to Jaco Pastorius, as SWV stood in unison with their kindness Release some tension Single. Returning to their lineup, Kandi and Tiny fired dull men on the 1999 hit “No Scrubs”. The track was then mixed up awkwardly with “Shape of You,” a jab to Ed Sheeran who once attempted to escape (no pun intended) by crediting the duo for their Hot 100-topping smash.
Taj and Leelee hit a synchronized crossover choreography as the energy rose to “Anything” from the Above the edge soundtrack (for real this time). At one point the drums got chaotic, but SWV stayed on point and Taj covered the bar with contributions from Wu-Tang Clan guests for the bar. Tamika handed the mic to Coko – who was the fifth member of Xscape, on their hit Jones Girls ‘Who Can I Run To’, started with a verse from ‘Run’ by DJ Luke Nasty -via-Anderson -. Paak-sampling “Might Be”.
Round 20: “Weak” by SWV vs. “Understanding” by Xscape
The guitarist returned to the stage as SWV wrapped up its portion of the final round with his signature song transcending R&B “Weak,” knocking out the crowd by singing the legendary chorus over and over. While “Understanding” wasn’t as remarkable as “Weak,” the song stood on its own as Kandi’s voice passed through the IG audience of around 460k.
Catalogue plus large: Xscape
With writing credits for various artists from the late 90s and 2000 era, as well as their own catalog, Xscape has won the crown for a diverse range of classic R&B contributions.
Both groups stayed classy through the night, but it was a family affair on SWV’s side, as the children of the group took to the stage to celebrate their mother’s 30-year reign.
Le plus grand KO: SWV
With production from then-producer The Neptunes, “Use Your Heart” held up against “U And Dat” which fell flat.
People’s Championship: Xscape
LaTocha arguably wore Verzuz through the night, even as viewers occasionally noticed a decrease in energy on both sides of the stage.
SCORE FINAL: 13-11, SWV