Monday night was a night to remember for many as the latest in the Verzuz battle series brought millions to their phones, laptops, and other various devices to watch Brandy and Monica battle it out with their catalog of hits. A record-breaking 1.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the two revisit their classic hits for over three hours along with fan-favorite “b-sides”. Although the pair have been known to have a bit of a long-standing beef between them in the earlier years of their careers, it seems that all is well now and the drama is long behind them.
Fans that tuned in took to social media to point out moments of what they thought was subtle shade amongst the two, but a video showing both Brandy and Monica off-screen playfully interacting seemed to prove otherwise. Celebrities of all walks tuned in to celebrate their fandom as well, including Michelle Obama and current Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who spoke virtually with the two as they encouraged viewers to get out and vote.
Although the two remained peaceful throughout the battle, a moment ensued amidst conversation between the R&B legends that caused social media to arise and defend Brandy. During a conversation where Monica would begin to explain her decision to play her record “Sideline Ho”, she briefly mentioned that “Caresha” requested her to play the cut. The singer would be referring to rapper “Yung Miami”, real name Caresha Brownlee, of the City Girls.
This seemingly goes over Brandy’s head as she began to look around, apparently not knowing who Monica was referring to. Faintly, Brandy asks “Who?”, to which Monica responds “My girl from the City Girls.” It doesn’t seem as though Brandy intended for there to be any malice or shade, as she immediately apologizes after realizing who “Caresha” is. “Oh, okay. I shoulda known. I’m sorry Caresha,” says the singer.
Brandy said “Sorry Caresha” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 .— ItsOnSite (@ItsOnSiteTV) September 1, 2020
Miami wanted all smoke 😅 pic.twitter.com/K4Nqn20MZJ
Well, Caresha was a part of the record-breaking viewership, as she had something to say in response to what was said. Taking to Twitter, the City Girls rapper wrote in a now-deleted message, “I only know 2 Brandy songs so we even”, ending it with a smiling emoji. However, Brownlee couldn’t delete it as swiftly as she could have before screenshots of the tweet began to circulate. Fans of Brandy who perceived her message to be shade, began to confront the rapper, leading her to admit that she was just playing. She also responded by retweeting one fan and addressing them saying “b***h i’m playing h*e shut up.”
At the end of the battle, Yung Miami continued to tweet, saying that both of the artists did good and praising the Vezuz battle for being good as well. “Tonight was so good,” wrote the rapper. “I’m still living when brandy played when you touch me & when Monica played you should’ve known better.” She also admitted the songs that she wished both artists played, saying that she wanted Brandy to play “Nothing” from her Full Moon album and for Monica to have played “With You” from her debut album Miss Thang.
I was just playing y’all damn I’m singing how you ever right now lol— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) September 1, 2020
Tonight was so good I’m still living when brandy played when you touch me & when Monica played you should’ve known better 😍— Yung Miami (@YungMiami305) September 1, 2020