By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer
Last night, Verzuz featured two R&B legends in Ashanti and Keyshia Cole. Things got off to a very slow start though as Cole wasn’t able to show up for almost an hour. According to her DJ, he spoke with 97.9 The Box in Houston and cited technical difficulties as the reason for being tardy. He added that Cole’s screen continued to be blurry but she was there and ready to go. This is all while Swizz Beatz, Verzuz Co-Founder, labeled it as “disrespectful.” This all happened after this Verzuz was postponed twice over the past month as it started with Ashanti testing positive for COVID-19 on the original date of December 12.
“She didn’t wanna come out ’cause her screen was blurry. On her end, her screen was blurry. She was there on time. I seen everything. She was there but she didn’t wanna come out because the screen was blurry and stuff wasn’t right, you know. We couldn’t hear [Ashanti’s] side, so it was a lot of technical stuff going on there.”
Despite the lagging delay in starting this Verzuz, Ashanti and Cole did very well and delivered their greatest hits while giving fans some serious 2000s nostalgia. Some of the biggest records played were “Foolish” and “Baby” by Ashanti and “Playa Cardz Right” featuring 2Pac and “Heaven Sent” by Cole.
Ashanti also revealed how she almost signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records at the age of 13. At the time, she was able to meet the late Notorious B.I.G. as well. She also revealed that she wrote Jennifer Lopez’s hit single, “I’m Real.” As for Cole, she explained during the stream how she almost signed to Death Row Records in the 1990s. She was able to meet 2Pac in her teenage years as her family knew him very well.
Check out Keyshia Cole’s DJ explaining the Verzuz delay from last night below.
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