Jadakiss and Fabolous were the latest music artists to battle on Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz on Instagram. Fans got an opportunity to relive the late 90s and early 2000s glory days of hip hop.
Monday morning, Jadakiss and Fabolous spoke with The Breakfast Club to discuss their upcoming verzuz showdown. Jadakiss told Charlamagne and the rest of the crew, “There’s no set recipe. just using all of the seasons in front of you.” Fabolous added, “I don’t wanna over talk to the battle before the battle even happens, but there’s so many layers to our catalog, you really gotta pick the right record. You’re playing for the audience too — same way when you go do a show.”
Jadakiss came onto the music scene in the 90s as a member of The Lox along with Sheek Louch and Styles P. The group released their first album, ‘Money, Power & Respect’ in 1998 on Diddy’s Bad Boy label. In 2001, Jadakiss went solo with his debut album, ‘Kiss Tha Game Goodbye.’
Fabolous released his debut album in 2001 titled, ‘Ghetto Fabolous.’ The album debuted at #4 on Billboard 200 and had singles, ‘Can’t Deny It’ with the late Nate Dogg, Young’n (Holla Back), and Trade It All featuring Jagged Edge.
Round one began with Jadakiss setting the tone with ‘D.M.X. feat. The Lox and Jay-Z’s – Blackout,’ while Fabolous followed up with Lil Wayne’s ‘You Ain’t Got Nuthin, ‘ which features himself and Juelz Santana.
Jadakiss dropped The L.O.X.’s ‘Recognize,’ while Fabolous dropped Cassidy’s record ‘6 Minutes’ featuring himself and Lil Wayne.
Jadakiss hit fans with Nas’ record ‘Made You Look (remix)’ featuring himself and Ludacris. Fabolous brought out some heavy hitters with Lloyd Banks’ Start It Up’ featuring himself with Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie.
Jadakiss went with ‘By Your Side,’ while Fabolous tossed his classic, ‘Trade It All’ Part 2 featuring Diddy and Jagged Edge. During this portion of the battle, Fabolous also paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, revealing he first met Kobe on the set of the music video.
Jadakiss dropped The L.O.X.’s ‘All For The Love,’ while Fabolous dropped ‘Imma do it’ featuring Kobe.
Jadakiss went back with The L.O.X., dropping their record ‘Chest 2 Chest Freestyle’, while Fabolous dropped ‘Keepin It Gangsta.’
Jadakiss added the Ruff Ryders to the mix with their record, ‘WW III,’ while Fabolous hit him with, ‘Gangsta Don’t Play’ featuring Junior Reid
Jadakiss selected Noreaga’s ‘Banned From TV,’ which featured Big Pun, Nature, Cam’Ron, Styles P and himself. Fabolous swung back with his record, ‘Brooklyn’ featuring Jay-Z and Uncle Murda.
Jadakiss returned to The L.O.X. with ‘Blood Pressure,’ while Fabolous went with ‘Young OG.’
Jadakiss selected Black Rob’s ‘Can I Live’ which featured The L.O.X., while Fabolous took a risk and played his record ‘O.J.’ which featured Jadakiss and Jeezy.
Fabolous started the second half of the battle with his record ‘Ball Drop’ featuring French Montana. Jadakiss began the second half with Puff Daddy’s ‘Victory’ featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.
It was this moment that Jadakiss revealed he actually wrote Puff Daddy’s verse.
Fabolous brought out Meek Mill’s ‘Uptown Vibes’ featuring himself and Anuel AA. Jadakiss responded with The L.O.X. group member, Sheek Louch’s ‘Mighty D-Block’ record featuring himself, Styles P and J-Hood.
Fabolous paid homage to the late Nate Dogg with his very first single, ‘Can’t Deny It.’ Jadakiss took it back to The L.O.X. with ‘F—k You’
Fabolous brought The Dream into the battle with their record, ‘Throw It In The Bag (remix). Jadakiss responded with his single ‘Knock Yourself Out.’
Fabolous dropped ‘Young’n,’ while Jadakiss played Ghostface Killah’s ‘Run’ which features himself.
Fabolous attempted to take things up a notch with ‘You Be Killin Em. However, Jadakiss brought in the Bad Boy Family with Puff Daddy’s ‘It’s All About The Benjamins (remix) featuring Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim and The Lox
Fabolous released ‘Make Me Better’ featuring Neyo. Jadakiss went with D.J. Clue’s ‘Back 2 Life 2001’ which featured Jadakiss and Mary J. Blige.
Fabolous hit Jadakiss with one of his biggest singles, ‘Can’t Let You Go’ featuring Mike Shorey and Lil Mo. Jadakiss responded with another record from The LOX’ Ryde or Die, B—h’ featuring Timbaland and Eve
Fabolous dropped his duet with Tamia, ‘So Into You.’ Jadakiss responded by slowing it down a bit as well with Jaheim’s record, ‘Diamond In Da Ruff (remix)’ featuring himself.
Fabolous ended the second half and final round with a fan favorite, ‘Breathe.’ Jadakiss followed suit and ended the night with his record ‘We Gon Make It’ featuring Styles P.
Many fans believed the Fabolous/Jadakiss battle had the best setup to date. One fan tweeted, “This is the best #Verzuz visual setup 2 rappers with mic in hand, 2 D.J.s, 1 stage.”
At the end of the battle, the consensus was mutual across the board that Jadakiss took the title home.
Fans, however, could not get over Jadakiss revealing he wrote Puff Daddy’s ‘Victory’ verse in 1998 and also began speculating how many songs he potentially wrote for Puff Daddy.
One fan tweeted, “JADAKISS PULLED OUT “VICTORY” BECAUSE HE WROTE DIDDY’S RHYMES?!! LMAO…CUT THE ETHERNET CABLE. I.T.’S OVER!”
Based on Twitter, Jadakiss took the win.