The official Instagram post shares that the battle will celebrate 50 years in the industry.
The last official Verzus Instagram Live Battle by Swizz Beats and Timbaland featured Teddy Riley vs. Babyface. Swizz reportedly shared that 3.7 million people tried to gain access to the historic event which had a few technical hiccups. Prior to that DJ Premiere and RZA faced off and raked in 849,000 viewers. T-Pain and Lil Jon also recently entertained a large number of viewers during their official battle that highlighted their contributions to southern R&B and hip-hop.
The Academy Award-winning group with roots in Memphis, Tennessee, Three Six Mafia has been heralded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups in the South. Two of their albums have gone platinum When The Smoke Clears (2000) and Most Known Unknown (2005). A few of their most successful records include “Stay Fly” and “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp.”
On the other end of the spectrum is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is perhaps most known for their breakout single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” Originating in Cleveland, Ohio, the group also won a Grammy Award for their single “Tha Crossroads” dedicated to Eazy E after his death (this isn’t their only Grammy win).
Years ago DJ Paul admitted he’d felt some type of way after he heard “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. In total, it was a “misunderstanding” due to the fact that the groups had similar sounds. “It wasn’t a real beef,” DJ Paul shared with Hip Hop DX. “It was more of a misunderstanding because we was rapping about triple six, devil shit, and tongue-twisting over slow beats.” The two groups would go on to squash their issues.
At the moment, the Bone Thugs n Harmony vs. Three Six Mafia live event isn’t a part of Verzus. Tune into the battle on Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. EST.