Erykah Badu and Jill Scott finally had their highly-anticipated Verzuz battle last night (May 9), but it was all love. The living legends spent the time chatting it up like old girlfriends while playing some of their greatest songs.
And the tunes were classic upon classic upon classic cuts. While Badu rung off cuts like “Tyrone,” “Window Seat,” “Didn’t Cha Know” and “Other Side of the Game” while Jill Scott came through with joints like “Slowly Surely,” “Crown Royal,” “A Long Walk” and “He Loves Me.”
And of course, they both shared their versions of The Roots’ “You Got Me” which Badu sang on but was penned by Scott.
One song that particularly caught Scott’s attention was Badu’s “Today (Earth Song),” a deep cut that first appeared on the Red Star Sounds, Vol. 1: Soul Searching compilation from way back in 2001.
All the time Scott and Badu were genuinely interested in sharing their vibes, they were almost oblivious to the half a million plus fans hanging on to their every word. For the most part the sound was crisp and even when there was a slight hiccup, it was only momentary (looks at Teddy Riley).
Everyone tuning in last night won. Peep some of the more poignant reactions below.
We Won: Erykah Badu Vs. Jill Scott Instagram Live Battle Was All Love was originally published on hiphopwired.com
It’s crazy that Tyrone has gotten years and years of slander and he was just being a good friend. We act like Queen Badu was talking to him. Clearly he was just the friend with a car. #Verzuz— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 10, 2020
This Jill & Erykah got me wanting to just go and chill with my girlfriends with bottles of 🍷 and just enjoy a concert on the lawn! Go away virus!! #Verzuz #JillScottVsErykahBadu pic.twitter.com/sqQmJkOktS— ATLgitta (@AtLgitta) May 10, 2020
When Jill played “The Way” Erykah called on her fam to sing along and then screamed, “We love you!” To which Miss Jilll exclaimed, “Love You!!” We needed this healing moment ❤️🥰 #Verzuz #JillScottVsErykahBadu pic.twitter.com/VTir0bwJsj— Madam Vice President Harris is GOAT! (@flywithkamala) May 10, 2020