Since Swizz Beatz and Timbaland started their innovative Verzuz series, fans have called for some of their favorites to take part. We've already gotten battles between legends like T-Pain vs. Lil Jon, Teddy Riley vs. Babyface, Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott and most recently DMX and Snoop Dogg.
The two dynamic singers will be hosting their own Verzuz on August 31 at 8 p.m. on both Instagram Live and Apple Music.
Blavity previously reported in May that both singers were asked about a potential Verzuz battle with each of them implying they were not interested in competing against one another, and would rather have a session honoring their catalogs.
Monica spoke to V-103, an Atlanta radio station, and said she wouldn't be interested in a Verzuz event with Brandy because she's been pitted against her for decades.
“I understand the idea of [Verzuz] and I think it’s really, really entertaining, and it is an incredible idea. What I do like is it’s kind of turning into a celebration. I can handle a celebration…One thing that has happened to me my whole career is being put against someone else that I’m not even remotely similar to. I think the reality is, us being polar opposites makes it dope,” the "So Gone" singer said.
"The reality is, I think ‘Boy Is Mine’ is such a phenomenal record because we’re polar opposites. And I think that’s dope. And she’s one of the greatest artists of our time as well, so could we do a celebration or something of that sort? That would be the only thing that makes sense to me. Because I’ve been trying to tell people for about 25 years, you can like both! You’re going to turn this into 1998 all over again and I have no interest in that," she added.
In an interview with Essence on Facebook Live, Brandy said she didn't really want to battle Monica but that she would be open to it.
"I really can’t see myself doing that. I’m open to it but I haven't really thought about it. That would be kind of weird. Who would play ‘The Boy Is Mine?' I don’t know. I’m open for sure. I’m not close-minded," she said.
But this weekend, fans of both artists rejoiced when it was announced that the two would in fact take part in the next Verzuz.
Here are some of the funniest reactions:
But plenty of Monica fans made themselves known, too.
Y’all love to act like Monica can’t sing. So here she is with her mic on, commanding an audience, that isn’t even hers, with a song that didn’t have to be from the 90s. pic.twitter.com/QggFvOsQGx
— Globethotter ???? (@BrianMcLight) August 23, 2020
Monica fans were quick to highlight the bangers in her catalog.
Brandy is talented NO DOUBT… but against Monica? Before you walk out of my life Monica? So gone Monica? You should’ve known better Monica?? MONICA MONICA?!!! pic.twitter.com/yh2hiBRyMc
— finewinee_???? (@craziwildbeauti) August 23, 2020