A friendly bout, the soul icons toughed through early technical difficulties to trade hits and deep cuts from their respective corners and catalogs. The night commenced with each brandishing a version of The Roots‘ Grammy-winning 1999 single, “You Got Me”; Badu playing the studio edit, while Scott flashed a live take recorded with The Roots at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom not long after the track was released. From there, they passed the aux back and forth for nearly two hours, sharing stories behind the recordings and recounting memories from their decades-long friendship.
And luckily, someone’s uploaded the full “battle” for reruns. But there’s no telling how long it’ll stay up. So get it while you can.
Relive Jill Scott and Erykah Badu’s Verzuz battle in full below. Hold tight for the next match-up.
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