Juicy J wants to go up against Nas in a Verzuz battle. Hip-hop fans have been debating if this would work.
Verzus has been dominating rap conversations for the last four months. With each battle, there has been additional conversation about what the next match should be. Honestly, most of these hypotheticals tend to be not very imaginative, from Chris Brown vs. Usher to Rakim vs. Big Daddy Kane to LL Cool J vs. KRS-One.
However, one hypothetical popped up on Twitter that was so strange it had everyone scratching their head.
On Monday, July 27th, Three 6 Mafia legend Juicy J tweeted out a response to a question Timbaland, who is part owner of Verzuz, posted: What’s the next Verzuz matchup?
What’s the next @verzuzonline ?! 🤔
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) July 27, 2020
Juicy said he would like to go up against Nas.
Juicy j vs Nas https://t.co/LZQmgpBQMc
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) July 27, 2020
While both rappers are legends, with lengthy careers, the music they’ve made over the years is quite different. Juicy is known for his brand of demonic crunk music. While Nas’ best songs are dense tracks that are grounded in New York City-based traditionalism.. (Even though Nas done a lot of experimenting over the years.)
Because of their styles — and how different they can be — there were a lot of jokes — lots and lots of jokes — about the matchup.
Juicy J gonna play “Bandz a Make Her Dance” then Nas gonna follow up with “I Can”, and I’ma cut the live off. https://t.co/Cr5dIX1ViV
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) July 27, 2020
Nas showing up to school Juicy J with Illmatic
— Jason Gendron (@JasonGendron16) July 27, 2020
Juicy J beats Nas in a Verzuz huh?….smh pic.twitter.com/HJxNHWVyqZ
— Jus Smith (@_JusSmith) July 27, 2020
However, there were fans who started to take this battle more seriously. And, surprisingly, the opinions were pretty spilled. The Nas hive came out in full force in support of the Queens legend.
People thinking that Juicy J is a better rapper than Nas is even more proof that people have lost their minds in 2020 pic.twitter.com/pS2QKiPj8b
— Shamar English (@english_shamar) July 27, 2020
Nas raps about trying to unite and awaken the black community. The substance and intention in Nas music almost makes it feel wrong or disrespectful to compare the two or to prefer Juicy J. It’s like saying cake is better than spinach. Better tasting *maybe* but not better for you https://t.co/F0y8Jy9C9f
— Clermont Triplet (@vibecalledqvest) July 28, 2020
Yup, I'm too old for Twitter. Y'all actually think Juicy J has more hits than Nas. Nasir Jones. The man who ethered Jigga. I gotta go pic.twitter.com/ksecjObU58
— Omar Mohammed (@TheOmarMohammed) July 27, 2020
First they said Chris Brown was better than Usher and now people are saying Juicy J is better than Nas. I'm starting to think we actually deserve 2020. pic.twitter.com/GL3BzoVTfi
— 👹𝓑 𝓻 𝓾 𝓱👹 (@YokaiMike) July 27, 2020
But the pro-Juicy J fans came out. And they made the argument that Juicy J might not be as lyrically gifted as Nas but he has more hits.
juicy j would obliterate nas https://t.co/3H0ljhJHkM
— 🤮ghoulie🤮 (@SLLIME64) July 28, 2020
Why is it far fetched that the lead member of Three 6 Mafia (who still has a hit every few years and whose old hits are being sampled for hits RIGHT NOW) would beat Nas in a 20-for-20 track battle?
— Lawrence Burney (@TrueLaurels) July 28, 2020
Juicy J who Da neighbors go harder than Nas whole catalog…
— DJ SCREAM (@DJSCREAM) July 28, 2020
The real fucked up part about 2020 is …
Juicy J is smoking Nas boots in versuz battle…
I wish this wasnt the case…
😔 i really do.
But its just the way the water waves at the coast.
— CHUCK INGLISH (@Chuckisdope) July 28, 2020
Nas has not yet responded to this challenge.
It should also be noted that Juicy is an admirer of Nas. Fans have been pointing to this old tweet from Juicy from 2013.
Nas is my favorite rapper of all time
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) July 31, 2013
Juicy J’s new single, “Gah Damn High,” which features Wiz Khalifa, is dropping this Friday.