Monica Is Open To ‘Verzuz’ with Brandy If It’s a “Celebration” Instead of Battle “You’re Going To Turn This Into 1998 All Over Again”+Brandy Says She’s Down [Video]

Posted May 2, 2020
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Earlier this week singer/tech guru Ray J did a series of promo rounds for his new show ‘Pump,’ and one of those was at ‘The Wendy Williams Show‘ where he suggested that he’d love to see his sister Brandy do the Swizz Beatz and Timbaland sponsored ‘Verzuz‘ battle with Monica as we previously told you.

Following his statement, Brandy herself did a series of Instagram Live’s on Friday following the release of her new single ‘Baby Mama.’ One of those Live’s was with Essence and the question was posed directly to her and if she’d be open to one with Monica specifically, Brandy said she’s down.

“I’m open to it but I haven’t really thought about it,” she said. “I don’t know. I’m open. I’m open for sure. I’m not closed-minded.”

Brandy via Essence Instagram Live

Now Monica has responded and says she’s a little hesitant to partake, because of the competitive “battle” aspect of it.

She revealed during an interview with Atlanta’s V-103, that she’d be open to “celebration” where they live stream their music, but a battle brings up feelings of negativity that she doesn’t want to participate in.

“I guess I kind of feel like, I understand the idea of it and I think it’s really, really entertaining and an incredible idea,” she said. “What I do like is it’s kind of turning into a celebration. I can handle a celebration. I think battles, one thing that has happened to me my whole career, is being put against someone else that I’m not even remotely similar to. I think the reality is, us being polar opposites makes it dope. And I tell people all the time, because the only battle or Verzuz they want to see with me is me against Brandy, and the reality is, people have put us against each other for twentysomething years. The reality is, I think ‘Boy Is Mine’ is such a phenomenal record because we’re polar opposites. And I think that’s dope. And she’s one of the greatest artists of our time as well, so could we do a celebration or something of that sort? That would be the only thing that makes sense to me. Because I’ve been trying to tell people for about 25 years, you can like both! You’re going to turn this into 1998 all over again and I have no interest in that.”

“If there’s a way to do a real celebration then that would be dope, because Teddy and Babyface were really celebrating each other. They knew each other’s records, they gave each other love the whole time and I think that’s what made it so dope,” she said. “After a while, I was a little scared watching Sean [Garrett] and The-Dream. Like, hey fellas, are we serious here? [laughs] It just got a little bit intense, and those are two producers that I absolutely adore. So for me, it would have to be a celebratory form of it. It would just have to be. I just don’t see it any other way.”

Monica via V103 Interview

Their ‘The Boy Is Mine‘ collaborator Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins must also be interested in seeing some sort of collaboration.

He also took to Instagram on Friday to share studio footage of him playing their Grammy award-winning track and tagged both ladies.


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#FlashbackFriday Harps x Arps I think I need like 5 more fingers for this arpeggio. @brandy @monicadenise #THEBOYISMINE #DARKCHILD

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