In recent quarantine news, boredom and social distancing have reached an all-time high and many have found entertainment tuning into DJs, artists, and producers’ IG Live sessions. We’ve seen Hip-Hop giants battle each other, classic after classic like Timbaland vs. Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy vs. Boi-1da so far. Most recently, Sean Garrett vs. The Dream competed in a “Battle of the Songwriters” and had a lot more to say to each other than the love others showed.
This is what the hit writers had to say about each other?????? Tonight 8pm EST !!!! @thekingdream VS @seangarrettthepen @timbaland this will be crazyyyyyyy tonight . Who you got???????? Respect to the songwriters ?????????????? #verzuztv
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Before the battle Dream told Sean, “[Culture] doesn’t exist in your DNA” and it seemed to be just that way until a late second-half comeback. Fans debated over the score in the comments throughout the IG Live. Much of the battle included hits from Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher and more. With no end in sight for much of the country’s self-isolation, more battles could be on the way.
These IG Live battles have mainly included producers and songwriters who have much more extensive catalogs than artists. Regardless, I couldn’t see why fans wouldn’t want to see their favorite rappers go head-to-head with their catalogs, including features. This would be a treat if the egotistical nature of rappers was put aside and we could hear unreleased bangers as we got in the Hit-Boy and Boi-1da battle. For those that are choosing not to participate, it seems like a missed opportunity at this point. Here are some beat battles we would love to see:
Tay Keith vs. Metro Boomin
Metro Boomin clowned Russ on Twitter for his attempt to ‘bring back soul samples’. This would be a great chance to prove his production is elite. With 21 Savage hinting at a 2020 release for Savage Mode 2, this would be a perfect chance to market the project. Meanwhile, Tay has produced some of the hottest tracks including Drake’s “Nonstop”, Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode”, and “Never Recover” by Lil Baby, Gunna & Drake. The two young producers would make a great pair to show that the future is headed in the right direction.
Check out the playlist to hear what Metro vs. Tay Keith would sound like.
Lex Luger vs. Southside
This is a beat battle the masses have been advocating for, for years. The former production partners had a very public beef a few years ago which caused them to cancel a beat battle already scheduled between the two. Luger, the Virginia-born producer, who made his name for producing Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In The Paint”. Southside and 808 Mafia founder is a legend in Atlanta and has helped cultivate the sound of the south for years. If the beef is truly dead and Luger is in a better place then the timing could be just right to bury the hatchet.
Check out the playlist below to see what the hypothetical battle would sound like.
Kanye vs. Pharrell
If these two go head-to-head, it might be one of the most historic events in recent music history. With 32 total Grammys between the two, this duo is nothing less than elite with sounds ranging from hard-hitting hits to funky soul samples to new age gospel. A former “Producer of the Year” winner in Pharrell and an era-defining producer like Kanye would do nothing short to impress.
Check out the playlist below to hear what Ye vs. Skateboard P would sound like.
Zaytoven vs. Mike Will Made-It
Zaytoven bringing his southern church influence into the trap scene may have been one of the most defining sounds of the 2000s. Linking up with artists like Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, and Future has helped him make major waves. The Grammy-winning and multi-platinum music producer’s discography is extensive and it surprises me that his name doesn’t come up in more top producer conversations that I’ve seen. Mike Will Made-It has been at the top of his game for a LONG time. He’s had chart-topping productions most notably including “Formation” by Beyoncé, “Mercy” by GOOD Music, and “Pour It Up” by Rihanna. Hearing the two go head-to-head would be a site to see.
Check out this playlist to hear what the hypothetical battle would sound like.