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Big Daddy Kane Will Face Off Against KRS-One in the Next ‘Verzuz’ Matchup

Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One will face off at the Barclays Center in the next Verzuz matchup.

The next Verzuz will be going down on Sunday October 17th in Brooklyn, New York, at the Barclays Center. And it will feature two of the greatest rappers of all time: Big Daddy Kane  and KRS-One. Big Daddy Kane confirmed the news on his Instagram on Tuesday, October 5th:

It’s been clear this was going to be the battle for a while. Last week, Verzuz sent out the poster for the battle, asking fans to guess who the matchup will be — despite the fact that the poster makes it pretty obvious that it will be the two legendary rappers.

Thousands of fans guessed correctly— including Snoop Dogg and DJ Premier. And on Twitter, rap fans have been debating the match for days.


This will be the third straight Verzuz to take place in New York City. This is following the Lox’s dominating win against Dipset and the face off between Fat Joe and Ja Rule. (This will be the first Verzuz to take place at the Barclays Center.) 

For years Big Daddy Kane has talked about how KRS-One was the rap battle he always wanted. (Even more so than Rakim.) In 2019 Kane told Okayplayer:

“His battle skills are incredible. I’ve watched stuff that he’s done with other people he battled. Direction-wise, I really respect his battle skills. If you want to go at it with someone, you want to go at it with the best. He’s one of the best established artists who knows how to battle.”  


Dimas Sanfiorenzo

Dimas Sanfiorenzo is the Managing Editor for Okayplayer. He specializes in coverage centered around music, pop culture, and politics. Email:

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