Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have provided music lovers with the entertaining concept of “Verzuz”. The platform sees iconic artists who have great catalogs pitted against each other in celebration of their artistry.
The latest program saw trailblazers in Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight bring their historic music for a showdown. The “Verzuz” event crosses different genres such as soul, rhythm and blues, hip hop, and dancehall.
One of the biggest artists in history is Janet Jackson and many fans have been asking to see the icon participate in the event. Timbaland believed Missy Elliot would be the perfect match-up for Jackson, but Swizz Beatz had a different mindset in that he thought it was not an equal pairing.
“Missy can be multiple people. Janet gonna just be Janet,” said Swizz, blocking Tim’s attempt to make it happen. The comments were taken as a form of disrespect against Janet Jackson, with many believing that Swizz is undermining her creativity and versatility. Because of the backlash, the mega-producer took to The Shade Room to reiterate what he meant.
“LETS BE CLEAR,” he started. “I don’t think Missy & Janet is a good match up at all! Much love to Janet she’s ICON but I just didn’t feel that was a good match up. Janet got hits on hits but she should have a better person to celebrate with that’s all. Blessings….”
Reactions online saw Swizz Beatz receive flack from Janet Jackson fans for his thoughts.
Even Missy chimed in like “Swizz is buggin’”. Janet’s in a different league. No disrespect.
— Marck Angel (@MarckAngel) September 14, 2020
that’s what i’m thinking but someone quoted and said that’s the second time he’s seen him dismiss Janet.
so, I guess we aren’t reading too much into it
— Maya Boochielou (@stawpfeenin) September 14, 2020
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