2020 has definitely felt like a time for reflection and recollection, with everyone being stuck indoors with themselves. There’s nothing better when classic musicians and artists talk about their past achievements, as they bring a specific brand of candor and experience to bear. Chaka Khan’s the latest icon to shake up the Internet with her honest thoughts.
The Verzuz battles have become a prime way for younger generations to connect with their history, as they’ve come to feature both younger artists and older artists that have reached success on a cultural level with their fans. The Swizz Beatz and Timbaland-created platform has become a star example of how humans are able to pivot in dire times to find a way to still come together.
The numbers for the matchups have been astronomical, with various aged Black artists from across genres that were pivotal at one point getting together to play music, tell stories and of course, remind us of their full legacies. Iconic older singers like Patti LaBelle and younger well-established artists like Brandy have shared the platform with their counterparts that have provided entertainment and education in culture for all who watch.
Singer Monica was hesitant to reunite with her once-duet partner Brandy for their Verzuz battle initially, she shared before it was confirmed that their duet-turned-duel would take place digitally. “People have put us against each other for twenty-something years,” she continued. “I’ve been trying to tell people for about 25 years you can like both! You’re going to turn this into 1998 all over again, and I have no interest in that,” Monica told Atlanta’s V-103. The singer shared that she’s not interested in a battle and has one condition if it was to take place.
“[I]t would have to be a celebratory form of it. It would just have to be. I just don’t see it any other way,” the Grammy-winning singer said. “The reality is, I think ‘Boy Is Mine’ is such a phenomenal record because we’re polar opposites. And I think that’s dope.”
While singer Chaka Khan has yet to battle anyone on the Verzuz platform, fans have definitely been requesting it. Chaka herself seems to have decided to come to the world of streaming herself, as she shares in a recent interview with comedian Luenell on VladTV.
I think Chaka Khan #Verzuz Mary J. Blige would work. It would be a celebration of different generations: The Queen of Funk Verzuz The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. And the conversation would be 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.— Craig Seymour, Black gay music critic (@craigspoplife) September 14, 2020
She also shared what she thought about the current crop of artists – and why she wouldn’t sing with any “heffas,” sounding very much like an older version of Monica’s previous statements.
“Who haven’t you worked with that you would like to work with? Male and female,” asks Luenell. Chaka seems to ponder and think before telling the host she can offer up some suggestions.
“What about Ariana Grande?” “OK, OK, no, f**k her. Nah, she’s alright, she’s good on her own,” says the experienced singer. “Plus, in fact, I don’t wanna sing with another woman,” continues Chaka, indicating that it’s nothing personal.
Monica’s history with Brandy over “The Boy Is Mine” may give some insight into why Chaka doesn’t want to bother with duets, either.
“And we not gonna talk about no man, we not gonna do none of that stuff. It’s not happening,” says Chaka as Luenell laughs along. “See, this is what a old boss bi**ch can do. You can say s**t like that.”
“And I could do it. I’m not gon’ do no song with no heffa,” Chaka says in response.
See the clip below.