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Jadakiss Single-Handedly Destroyed Dipset on 'Verzuz'
The Lox came, saw, and conquered. Led by Jadakiss, the legendary group delivered one of the most dominant Verzuz performances ever.
Was that the best Verzuz ever?
On Tuesday, August 3rd, two of New York City's most legendary rap groups, The Loxand Dipset battled it out at Madison Square Garden (well, really the Hulu Theater, which normally holds about 5,000 people.) Coming into the battle, the match-up was seen as competitive — with both The Lox — consisting of Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch — and Dipset (Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey) having a healthy collection of commercial hits, underground classics, and freestyles in their arsenal.
But this battle was not competitive. This was domination.
The Lox, led by Jadakiss' swagger, energy, and showmanship, ran through Dipset, a group that was too cool, disjointed, and rattled. The Yonkers group completely strong-armed the Harlem crew, taking the audience away from them in the process.
It was probably the most one-sided Verzuz since Jadakiss ran through Fabolous last year.
None— Lawrence Burney (@Lawrence Burney) 1628056866
In the lead up to the Verzuz, the two camps were going back and forth. For weeks, Styles P and Jim Jones were trading lighthearted jabs on social media. (It should be noted that the two crews are going on tour together so this was never going to be a truly tense situation.)
The night of the event, iconic boxing announcer Michael Buffer did the introductions. The Lox were the first to hit the stage. They came out talking tough, taunting Dipset before they even hit the stage. When the Diplomats finally swaggered their way out, the Lox started by performing We Are the Streets' opening track "Fuck You." (The Lox performed the entire song, letting fans know what time it was.)
\u201cThe Lox starting the Verzuz with Fuck You is the type of energy we gotta respect.\u201d— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod \ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddf4 (@Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod \ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddf4) 1628044433
Dipset tried to retaliate with their classic Diplomatic Immunity cut "I'm Ready," but the performance was poor. Cam'ron wasn't engaged and the crew were rapping over their vocal tracks, something the Lox picked up on and started taunting the Harlem crew about. Things got crazy when Jadakiss started performing his "Who Shot Ya" freestyle from 2010.
\u201cFat Joe lost for words watching the Dipset vs The Lox battle on #Verzuz BE HONEST. How y\u2019all scoring this ???? \ud83d\udc40\u201d— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2Blog) 1628045718
Cam'ron responded with a medley, featuring "Get 'Em Girls'' and "Live My Life (Leave Me Alone)." But the tide already turned. Things were not going well for Dipset. And here's the thing, the Lox were right. Dipset performing over their vocals was a distraction.
At one point, after Juelz taunted the Lox for not having "girl songs," the Lox ran off a number of commercial songs for the ladies, including "Ryde or Die, Bitch," Mariah Carey's "Honey" (Bad Boy Remix,) and Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny From the Block." At one point Jadakiss yelled, "We got Grammys, nigga! These niggas don't know what Grammys look like. They know what grams look like."
\u201c\u201cAre you kidding me? We got Grammys! These n*ggas don\u2019t know what Grammy\u2019s look like. They know what grams look like\u201d \ud83d\ude02\n\nJadakiss is on they neck tonight & Juelz Santana set himself up with this one. #Verzuz\u00a0 #VerzuzTV\u00a0 #VerzuzBattle\u201d— WellTheTruthIs (@WellTheTruthIs) 1628050095
By the end of the show, the route was clear. And the Lox were performing medlies of their own songs, with Dipset returning one at a time (The Lox performed nearly 40 songs, while Dipset did only 28.) The final moment of defeat came when Cam'ron tried to cap the show off with a freestyle but kept on stumbling his words. And a sprinkle of boos came out from the crowd.
The social media response was fierce. Let's start with the love. Jadakiss, one of the most gifted MCs of the last 30 years — who doesn't have the classic albums some of his contemporaries have — got his flowers. 'Kiss put up a dominant, Michael Jordan-like performance. And he seemed to relish in playing this wrestler figure. After his performance, he recreated Kobe Bryant's iconic championship photo.
\u201cJadakiss snatching Juelz Santana's bandana off was the nail in the coffin\u201d— Zoe \ud83c\udded\ud83c\uddf9 (@Zoe \ud83c\udded\ud83c\uddf9) 1628052695
\u201cjadakiss went through two different #verzuz and ran each one, solo and with a crew. it's proper time we rewrite the books on how gotdamn special he is at this rapping/performing/entertainment thing.\u201d— Brandon Caldwell (@Brandon Caldwell) 1628051719
\u201cHow #Jadakiss going be riding thru Harlem tomorrow #VERZUZ #TheLOX\u201d— DarkSkinChaz (@DarkSkinChaz) 1628051208
\u201csomeone needs to make a quick montage of all the wild quotes jadakiss was saying last night. \u201c nigga im the transmission\u201d amazing\u201d— T (@T) 1628095061
\u201cWhat Jadakiss and The Lox did tonight is classic hip hop and damn I miss it\ud83d\udd25#VERZUZ\u201d— Mrs. KMW (@Mrs. KMW) 1628053456
\u201cJadakiss on All About the Benjamins: "I gave Diddy that verse!"\n\nDiddy: \n#Verzuz\u201d— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1628048446
Now the hate. There was plenty of jokes sent to Dipset's way. The group was just bad and never really in-sync.
\u201cJuelz Santana tonight\u201d— Barflaan Tedoe \ud83c\uddf1\ud83c\uddf7 (@Barflaan Tedoe \ud83c\uddf1\ud83c\uddf7) 1628049421
\u201cCam to the rest of #Dipset after the #VERZUZ\u00a0\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\u201d— IV Film TV & Comedy\u00ae (@IV Film TV & Comedy\u00ae) 1628053002
\u201cJuelz said they had no lady records so the LOX played 5 lady records in a row.\n\nCam looking at Juelz like\u201d— Tukach Shakur \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f (@Tukach Shakur \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f) 1628049431
None— DJ Shortee Blitz (@DJ Shortee Blitz) 1628052349
\u201cDIPLOMAT PACK IN THE AIR \ud83d\udca8\u201d— \ud835\udc0c\ud835\udc28\ud835\udc2b\ud835\udc1e \ud835\udc02\ud835\udc03\ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc2c \ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc1e\ud835\udc2c\ud835\udc2c \ud835\udc01\ud835\udc01\ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc2c (@\ud835\udc0c\ud835\udc28\ud835\udc2b\ud835\udc1e \ud835\udc02\ud835\udc03\ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc2c \ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc1e\ud835\udc2c\ud835\udc2c \ud835\udc01\ud835\udc01\ud835\udc0b\ud835\udc2c) 1628047609
To his credit, Cam took the whole night and the jokes that came with it on the chin.
Watch the entire Verzuz below.