Fans have been discussing who they would like to see battle on Instagram Live via Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s “Verzuz” battle series, which is a celebration of hip-hop, soul, R&B, and urban music’s greats.
Both Brandy and Monica, who have been pitted against each other since their reign during the ’90s have spoken out regarding whether or not they would battle each other in the series.
Brandy recently spoke with Essence via Facebook Live regarding the matter while Monica spoke with a local radio station in Atlanta.
Brandy played coy when the publication mentioned that her name has been brought up a lot regarding the “Versus” series.“Really?” Brandy asked before softly laughing.
“You have hits on top of hits on top of hits,” the interviewer said before asking Brandy, “Who would you want to go up against?”
“I really can’t see myself doing that,” Brandy replied. “I’m open to it but I haven’t really thought about it. You’re like the second person to say that to me.”
“I have a suggestion, my ’90s teen girl dream would love for you to do a friendly competition with Monica,” the interviewer said. “You start with ‘The Boy Is Mine.’”
“Yea, that would be kind of weird,” Brandy said. “Who would play ‘The Boy Is Mine?’” When Monica was asked whether or not she was down for the battle, she replied, “I doubt it.”
“I guess I kind of feel like I understand the idea of it and I think it’s really really entertaining. It is an incredible idea,” Monica explained. “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 that I’ve been pit against someone else that I’m not even remotely similar to,” Monica continued.
“I tell people all of the time because the only ‘Verzuz’ battle they want to see with me is me against Brandy, and the reality is that people have pit us against each other for 20 something years,” Monica said.”The reality is that I think ‘The 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.”