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The 'Verzuz' Battle Between Omarion and Mario Was Hilariously Chaotic
Last night's Verzuz showdown between 2000s R&B heartthrobs Omarion and Mario turned into chaos that viewers didn't see coming.
Last night's Verzuz included props that no one saw coming: watermelons. On Thursday (June 24), R&B veterans Omarion and Mario took over The Novo in Los Angeles for "A Night of R&B," which also included a bonus match with Ray J and Bobby V against Pleasure P and Sammie.
With the night full of 2000s R&B nostalgia, viewers noticed that performers didn't live up to expectation. Ray J pulled no punches in dissing Bobby V, Sammie and Pleasure P (all while holding his two-year-old son, Epik). During an off-key performance of "One Wish," the Raycon co-founder told the three men that they were “just mad y’all don’t own y’all hits.” Sammie didn't hold back either, saying there “wouldn’t be no Bobby V without Sammie,” and dismissing Ray J as merely "Brandy's brother."
\u201cY\u2019all really made me turn this mess on \u2049\ufe0f\u203c\ufe0f\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23\ud83e\udd23 #RayJ #OffKey #NoKey\u201d— Drew Hill (@Drew Hill) 1656038634
\u201c\u201cAll y\u2019all just mad y\u2019all don\u2019t own y\u2019all hits\u201d - Ray J to Bobby V, Sammie and Pleasure P #Verzuz\u201d— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1656038930
Introduced by comedian and actor DeRay Davis, the battle between Omarion and Mario ended with the latter as the night's champion. Mario effortlessly performed songs "C'mon," "Just A Friend 2000," "Somebody Else" and more, while Omarion ran through his B2K and solo material including "M.I.A," "Entourage" and "Touch." When it seemed like Omarion couldn't hold up on his on, he brought out guests Jeremih and Tank, with Mario clowning all three vocalists.
\u201cOmarion really just did this with his brother on stage, poor watermelon #Verzuz\u201d— SOUND (@SOUND) 1656044119
\u201cAt this point Omarion knew he was getting COOKED \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02 #Verzuz\u201d— 2/16\u2b50\ufe0f\ud83d\udcf8 (@2/16\u2b50\ufe0f\ud83d\udcf8) 1656047051
Before bringing out his brother O'Ryan for an awkward moment of eating watermelons, Omarion dissed Mario for not being a part of The Millenium Tour. However, the former Empire star brushed off the slight, claiming he didn't “wanna be in that raggedy s**t.” Lasting 10 rounds, Omarion ended his set with “Girlfriend” while Mario fought back with “Never."
Check out more from last night's Verzuz below.
\u201cthey are NOT taking Ray J seriously \ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d #verzuz\u201d— \uff65\uff9fspreading positivity \u2606 (@\uff65\uff9fspreading positivity \u2606) 1656037655
\u201cRay J don\u2019t blame your son for that #verzuz\u201d— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1656037901