Jay-Z’s ‘No Competition’ VERZUZ Reactions: Future Chimes In, Kevin Durant Pops Off, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes & R. Kelly Thrown In The Mix

Folks have plenty to say after Jay-Z made it crystal clear no one can compete with him in a VERZUZ battle. Future threw his own name in the mix, Kevin Durant popped off on Gen Z, and Lil Duval said Lil Wayne could give Hov a run for his money. Busta Rhymes & R. Kelly’s names were also thrown in. More inside…

 

Ever since VERZUZ launched in March 2020, Hip Hop fans have enjoyed epic Instagram live sessions with their faves. The battles put tons of our faves on stage for a night to celebrate their musical hits.

Obviously with Jay-Z being one of the Rap GOATS, people have always debated on which Hip Hop head he should go up against. But who? That’s where everyone has a difference of opinion.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer popped up for a surprise appearance during a Twitter Spaces chat with Alicia Keys to make it clear that he’s his only competition.

”Can’t nobody stand on the stage with me,” he said. “I ain’t gonna lie, no disrespect. Everyone’s amazing in what they’ve done. No one can stand on stage with me,” he continued.

“There’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage with me .. for… I don’t know how long it is, two hours. You gotta stand in front of the ‘Grammy Family (Freestyle)’ live. No one’s ever even seen me perform that and you gotta stand in front of that. That ain’t gonna never happen, man," he said.

While he said what he said, everyone wants to debate what he said. Future being one of them.

The “Life Is Good” rapper shared a screenshot of @bigbankdte’s post that read, “I Promise You, Errbody From Atlanta Feels Like Pluto Can Win A Versus Against Hov!”

Yeah, no. Most of the Internet wasn’t feeling that…including Brooklyn Nets baller Kevin Durant:

"Gen Z got Jay-Z f**** ed," he tweeted. 

 

Comedian Lil Duval said he’s a Hov fan, but he thinks Lil Wayne would give him a run for his money: 

 

Rapper Lil Jon said rapper Busta Rhymes would "smoke" Jay-Z in a VERZUZ Battle: 

 

 
 

 

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Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue – who was just sentenced to prison for PPP loan fraud – mentioned R. Kelly (who is currently in federal prison on sex abuse charges) would be the perfect opponent for Hov because fans would get the "best of both worlds," a play on their 2002 album: 

Earlier this month, Rick Ross appeared on "The Real" and said it was a "possibility" he would go against Hov in a VERZUZ Battle: 

 

 

 
 

 

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Everyone wants smoke with Hov! Who would you pick to go against Jigga Man?

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Jay-Z Hops In Alicia Keys’ Twitter Spaces & Says No One Can Compete With Him In A Verzuz, Respectfully, Talks Beyoncé vs. Michael Jackson Comparisons

Jay-Z is talking his ish, respectfully. He hopped in a Twitter Space with Alicia Keys to let everyone know there isn’t an artist that can compete with him in VERZUZ. Hov also addressed the Beyoncé vs. Michael Jackson comparisons. 

Get it all inside…

Jay-Z chatting it up on social media? Yep.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer popped up for a surprise appearance during a Twitter Spaces chat with Alicia Keys. She’s promoting her new album, KEYS.

Before the chat, Alicia told “The Morning Hustle” radio show she would like to see Jay-Z battle it out against Nas in a VERZUZ Battle, which was co-created by her husband, Swizz Beatz with producer Timbaland.

”I just feel like it would be pretty legendary for it to be Jay & Nas. Just for the energy. They’re both legendary,” she said in the clip above.

During the Twitter Spaces chat last night, the Hip Hop mogul was asked who would be a worthy competitor in a potential VERZUZ and he let it be known – there’s no competition. Like, the only person who is on his level is…himself.

”Can’t nobody stand on the stage with me,” he said. “I ain’t gonna lie, no disrespect. Everyone’s amazing in what they’ve done. No one can stand on stage with me,” he continued.

“There’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage with me .. for… I don’t know how long it is, two hours. You gotta stand in front of the ‘Grammy Family (Freestyle)’ live. No one’s ever even seen me perform that and you gotta stand in front of that. That ain’t gonna never happen, man," he said.

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Oop. You heard the man!

Rapper Lil Jon caught wind of Hov’s remarks and responded (in Hollywood Unlocked’s IG comments), saying rapper Busta Rhymes would “smoke” Jay-Z in a VERZUZ battle. Check it:

 

 

 
 

 

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Hmm…do you agree or disagree?

The Rap King also praised his wife Beyoncé during a conversation about comparisons between his wife and music icon, Michael Jackson. He pointed out how Bey’s 2018 Coachella performance was legendary and a historic moment for the culture.

“Bey’s gonna be mad at me for saying this, but Michael Jackson ain’t never have Coachella,” the 52-year-old said. He’s amazing and he’s done amazing things, but she’s an evolution of him because she watched him when she was nine. She watched what he did and she improved upon the concept. And our kids are watching us and will improve upon the concept.”

“Find me a concert that’s as culturally relevant and technically thrilling as Coachella,” said Hov. 

Take a listen below:

 

Thoughts?

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Jay-Z Toasts It Up With Beyoncé, Meg Thee Stallion, Swizz, JT & Uzi & More To Celebrate 18th Anniversary Of His 40/40 Club

It was all about bubbly & BAE over the weekend as Jay-Z celebrated the 18th anniversary and reopening of his 40/40 Club in New York City. Get into the festivities inside…

Ace of Spades Champagne was limitless as Jay-Z and his friends hit the party scene over the weekend.

The Hip Hop mogul linked up with a few of his celeb friends to celebrate the 18th anniversary and reopening of his famed 40/40 Club in New York City.

It was a star-studded affair as several celebs were in attendance including Hov’s wife Beyoncé,  Swizz Beatz, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, Remy Ma, Lil Uzi Vert, JT, Fabolous, Van Jones, Victor Cruz, Busta Rhymes, Michael Rubin, Maino and more.

Producer Swizz Beatz kept it dapper in all black.

Megan Thee Stallion looked like a breath of fresh air in all white.  She was styled by Zerina Akers (Beynce’s stylist) in Khaite NY.

Rapper Meek Mill was all smiles on the carpet.

Fabolous made sure to show up to show some Brooklyn love.

 

Lil Uzi Vert kept it casual for the star-studded affair.

Former NFLer Victor Cruz is always ready for a fancy party.

Rapper Dave East cleaned up nicely for the shindig.

Rapper Vic Mensa posed it up on the blue carpet.

Rapper Benny the Butcher and his girl also made an appearance. 

 

 
 

 

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Raptress Remy Ma and reality star Juju (Cam’Ron’s ex-girlfriend) slayed in little black dresses.

As usual, Mrs. Carter shared a few flicks from her personal stash before heading out to the event:

 

 
 

 

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During the party, Hov gushed on his wife’s work ethic and why he loves working with her.

“She’s super detail-oriented, obviously, as you can see from her work," he said during the party. "She’s an incredibly hard worker, super talented, very inspiring.”

 

 
 

 

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The PDA was packed on HEAVY between Meg and her boyfriend Pardi as well as Lil Uzi Vert and his girl JT:

 

 
 

 

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Rapper-turned-Belizean diplomat Shyne was also in the mix:

 

 
 

 

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Jay-Z opened his first 40/40 Club, a chain of sports bars and lounges, in New York City back in 2003. Since then, he has expanded the club to several cities, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, and inside the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

It doesn’t look like the 40/40 Club is going anywhere any time soon.

Photos: Getty/Beyonce’s IG

Juelz Santana – Ol Thang Back (feat. Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman)

[Intro]
Listen, you might learn some
Jahlil Beats, holla at me
Jadakiss where you been, where you at
This rap is wack
I want that old thing back
I want that old thing back

[Verse 1: Jadakiss]
Some niggas tell a lot, some niggas sell a lot
Some niggas used to be mad nice, then fell a lot
Albums still trash I don’t care who the hell you got
Portraying the role of a G, we can tell you not
Sorry to bother you, I’m only doing what a father do
Your production is horrible, you’ll forever be a nerd
And your metaphors are better off, never being heard
I came in grinding, Puff made me shining
Put ’em both together, a protege of the 90’s
Grew up, put that bullshit behind me
Started making niggas demises untimely
Looking for me, come to the hood you can find me
Gucci belt right on the waist where the 9 be
.38 right in the garbage, where the packs at
M1 right in the trunk, where the jacks at
Whoever is in arm length will get backslapped
Cause I ain’t playing with these rap cats
This is the flow you can’t learn
The dutch you can’t burn
Nigga, I’ve got stripes you can’t earn

[Hook: Jadakiss]
Method Man, where you been where you at
These rap niggas is wack, I want that old thang back
Yeah, I want that old thang back
Yeah, I want that old thang back

[Verse 2: Method Man]
You got the M.E, the M.E., the M.E., the M., M., M.,
The M.E.T.H.O.D. Man
[?] need a dopefiend track
Let me shoot up and lean back
With this needle stuck in my arm, never tuck in my charm
Most my team sling crack
If I hit every corner with G packs
Might cause the man DC to relapse
I’m a Hip hop junkies, who needs rap?
MC’s wack, Killerbees is back in the booth
Mind your beeswax
And fuck a style that you got
We blow a cap at any Energizer bunny right where his battery at
Look, the bastard child of Clarence Thomas and Reagonomics
On every 1st and 15th make sure you pay me homage
Might break a promise but never breaking the code
Got the floor safe, coke in the pot, fiend at the stove
Meth, rock a W on my clothes
I’m a straight rider, straight to the W with these hoes
I’m straight fire, these motherfuckers is froze
Like a skinny supermodel that like to powder her nose

[Hook: Method Man]
Redman, where you been where you at
These rap niggas is wack, I want that old thang back
I want that old thang back
I want that old thang back

[Verse 3: Redman]
Dope boy, I’m like Rick James, I got that old thang
I got a gold chain, [?] with gold frames
Doc doing the runnerman on Soul Train
With a chinese girl, the chicken get Lo Mein
Propane for the raw, I put her on the streets
My thoughts, the blue magic put on the beats
Game time, Doc rocket like Dominique
Straight vegetarian nigga and ignore the beef
Yeah, Kyrie keep the blow smoking
Slide in the club, cool like the floor frozen
Check out the wild thang got a [?] loco
Big ass and high heels with the toes open
That’s me, 90’s MC
Fuck a Grammy awards, underground is tax free
Look in the mirror I feel fantastic
The mirror said ‘you are, you conceited bastard’

[Hook: Busta Rhymes]
Santana, where you been where you
These rap niggas is wack, I want that old thang back
I want that old thang back
Tell ’em I want that old thang back

[Verse 4]
I came to bring the pain
Put niggas to shame, simple and plain
They gon’ remember my name
And it’s all for respect not fame
So don’t play with me
You could give ’em rope, they still can’t hang with me
Pass the baton, they still can’t race with me
So far ahead of these niggas they still chasing me
I wouldn’t be surprised if niggas ghostwriters got ghostwriters
Nothing cease to amaze you
Labels used to care, even though they was raping me
Now it’s 360 deals, modern day slavery
Fuck you pay me, I’m the one who calling
[?] or fame over fortune
The game done changed, the sound done changed
All these niggas sound the same
The word loyalty don’t even sound the same
Good thing I keep the pound, when it bang it always sound the same
I aim at the game, the real shall remain
Neck full of water like I drowned my chain
Flier than a nigga jumping out the plane
Higher than you niggas, you can finally [?]
Better than you niggas that’s without me saying
Treat the money like the work, we don’t count we weight it
[?], aim it, blaze it, flame it
[?] shower head, you don’t want me spraying
Enough with the mumble jumble
Santana back though, can I get a drum roll?
Whole lotta kush and it’s stuffed in a fronto
Fiends still say my work taste like gumbo
Yeah, bring that old thang back
I was told to whip it up and bring the whole thang back
When I was [?], you was jumping rope
I was runnin’ out of bags, you was playing tag
While you was hop scotching, I was drop shopping
At the dealer paying cash for them paper tags
While you was pop locking, I was Glock popping
Getting to the cash, brown paper bags
Blowing money fast and it never last
Yeah, they make it fast, barely make it back
Haters gonna suffer, I’m okay with that
All this garbage, time to throw away the trash

A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation

[Verse 1: Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Jarobi, & Phife]
In the box with the capital G, balling the beat
Status, Chris Paul and John Wall in the league
Grabbin’ mics till the knuckles’ll bleed, ’cause I believe
The potent and the quote will have ya geek like speed
If rationale is naturale, then we’ll weave
It’s all edges and peas
Settin’ picks, we on a permanent steez
I’m in a world where my princess is Leia
And she feeling my Vader
And my lure grows greater and greater
Chemtrails droppin’ poisonous vapors
Had to shake her like gator
Been trill, nigga, process the data
Blu-ray wave follow a beta, I’ll DVR for later
Cop a [?] with a [?]
You can’t define us, XYZ-Z, it’s the generation
Elitists have you cheatin’, virtual think pieces
See, these written words provided by science, brains defying
Thoughts heavy, baby, they’re a major appliance
Leave a [?] flyest [?] through a giant
Dude’s nice, he tight, screwed in with some pliers
Cool with some bias, yeah, nigga, cool with some brothers
Never know tattletales, only ya’ll don’t know us
Yeah, show me, generation, show us what you gon’ show us
So listen, mami, [?]
Mouthpiece like [?] with a jubilant noise
Dude’s rude and it’s useless as coin, shoot ’em boys
Versed and rehearsed in the soothing of loins
Talk to Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole, gatekeepers of flow
They are extensions of instinctual soul
It’s the highest in commodity grade and you could get it today

[Chorus]
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Rules the nation

[Verse 2: Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Jarobi, & Phife]
One hit and readin’ pages of Poe
Telly is low, Cuddlebunny ready to go
Day of the dead, bury all the zombies instead
And it’s just your aftermath, Busta cuttin’ your dreads
Bruce Leein’ niggas, why you niggas UFC
Smoke tree on niggas, sizzle out your USB
Surge pricing on these Ubers, I’mma get me a cab
Yo, where Jarobi at?
I’m vibing on impeccable grass
I be in NYC waiting for that law to pass
[?] been waiting for a Jet’s title since last
[?] gangrene on that ass
Magic Mike on the mic, David Blane, Douglas Henning
In the church of Busta Rhymes it’s my sermon you’re getting horizontalspittin’, I’m the exorcist of your writtens
Don’t interrupt me, nigga
Sorry, that’s a sin I’m forgiving
Like how we be skipping on beats like cooking crack in the kitchen
W-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-w-wait
Nah, just out the package, dry your [?]
This mad city’s not a game, easy, quiet on set
Phife, student of the past, trailblazing the day
Now they knowledge’in and tryin’ ta swept up in a phase
It’s the highest of commodity grade and you could get it-get it-get it-get it today

[Chorus]
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Dis generation
Rules the nation

[Outro]
This is our generation, generation, ah
This our generation, generation, ah
This our generation, generation, ah