If it happens, the “celebration” will likely be pay-per-view.
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland‘s Verzuz battle series has kept listeners entertained in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the two aren’t done picking matchups just yet. Shortly after the titanic showdown between Babyface and Teddy Riley, the two quickly set their eyes on two more superproducers.
“Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, we are calling you to give back to the people,” Swizz told Timbaland on Instagram. “Pay-per-view [or] UFC-style with Verzuz, as a celebration, not a battle.” Swizz is proposing that proceeds from the event be donated to fund COVID-19 relief efforts.
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#PressPlay: After having a record-breaking night with #Babyface and #TeddyRiley, #SwizzBeatz and #Timbaland are already setting their eyes on the next match. Now they are calling for #Diddy and #DrDre to face off in a celebration for the culture!! #Roommates, would ya’ll be here for it? 🤔 (📸: @gettyimages)
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The two producers made the sonic blueprints for the iconic rise of Bad Boy and Death Row Records. Over the years, they broke award-winning artists like N.W.A., Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, 112, and more. In recent years, the two have begun to focus their efforts on business ventures outside the music industry. Dr. Dre’s ventures with Beats and Apple Music propelled him into one of the highest-earning artists in hip-hop history.
Regardless of the cause, putting a price tag on the event could dampen fans’ excitement. Technical issues eventually marred both broadcasts between Riley and Babyface, leading to days’ worth of ridicule. Instagram’s capabilities have already proven to be shaky after an hour of broadcasting.
Stay tuned for further updates regarding upcoming Verzuz battles.