The Verzuz series started out with a battle of producers and one of the top producers in rap history wants to square off against the man who made hits behind the likes of Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls.
T.I. came to the aid of his fellow Atlanta hip hop artist and producer Jermaine Dupri when Diddy made it loud and clear that he’ll only take on Dr. Dre on the platform of Verzuz. During Fat Joe and Ja Rule’s showdown at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (September 14), Diddy jumped on the Instagram Live comments section to tell the world he would only take on the legendary producer while saying Jermaine Dupri couldn’t “box with God.”
Beloved you my nigga but your arms too short to box with God!!! You aiint got enough hits. I’ll smash you with just biggie n Mary . But I do have the upmost respect on you as a musical legend – Dre the only one can get in the ring w me . – LOVE 🖤
— LOVE (@Diddy) September 15, 2021
Diddy responded to the challenge by backing out of it. He stated, “Beloved you my nigga but your arms too short to box with God!!! You aiint got enough hits. I’ll smash you with just biggie n Mary . But I do have the upmost respect on you as a musical legend – Dre the only one can get in the ring w me . – LOVE”.
T.I. was triggered as the comment reminded him of the slight he received from another New York artist in 50 Cent earlier in the year when he wanted to face off with 50 Cent. T.I. chimed in the comments section after Diddy and asked why New York rappers feel they’re above Atlanta.
“I disagree,” T.I. wrote. “Side note: Why do I feel NY n*ggaz (Most of which I love,look up to, appreciate and respect)always feel like they so much above competition with their Atlanta (southern)constituents???? @50Cent ducking me the same way (@jermainedupri).”
Earlier this year, 50 Cent played down chances of him battling anyone in Verzuz.
“A Verzuz battle?” he pondered at the premiere of his Starz series Power Book III: Raising Kanan in NYC. “Probably not! We back outside. That was something that happened during the pandemic when we was stuck in the house. Now that we back outside, there’s other things to do. We supposed to be creating new history, not being back there.”