We’ve seen a lot of battles between peers and friends over this first year of Verzuz, but this will be the first time two members of the same group have faced off. The dynamic duo have been making tracks together for more than 25 years, beginning on 1995’s solo debut from Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which was followed by the 1996 Ghostface album Ironman.
The showdown will find the men following in the steps of their Wu-Tang cohorts RZA, who faced off against DJ Premier in May, and Method Man, who joined D’Angelo & Friends last month for “Left & Right” and “Breakups 2 Makeups.”
Co-created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz as a form of socially distanced entertainment in the midst of COVID-19, Verzuz is now in its second season. In recent months, we’ve seen the aforementioned D’Angelo set, preceded by Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole, Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane, and E-40 vs. Too Short. A Verzuz spokesperson confirmed to Billboard that co-founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland will be doing a battle of their own for the series’ one-year anniversary coming up.
Speaking of Tim and Swizz, they made industry headlines earlier this month when news broke that Verzuz had been acquired by the Triller Network, parent company of the Triller app. While Saturday night’s Verzuz will still be watchable on Instagram Live — as every battle has been since the start — fans can also check it out on Triller for the very first time.