Verzuz battles we want to see

Verzuz battles we want to see

Verzuz battles have become a huge thing, as people have been given the chance to watch their favorite artists reflect on their careers and square off against a comparable match from their era. 112 and Jagged Edge, Monica and Brandy, Teddy Riley and Babyface, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. With the recent news that Xscape and SWV might do a Verzuz, we thought it would be fun to brainstorm other possible Verzuz combinations.

Boyz II Men vs Jodeci

I considered All 4 One as a backup here since all of their songs would get identified as Boyz II Men songs on the old file sharing services. This was a tough match to decide on. I think Dru Hill and Jodeci might be a better match up as the "bad boy groups" of 90s R&B, but Boyz II Men are such a titan that they need to be in a battle. Head to head, Boyz II Men had Cooleyhighharmony go 9X platinum, and II go 12x platinum. All of Jodeci's albums combined went 6x platinum. Boyz II Men has this one easy.

Toni Braxton vs Anita Baker

The deep voiced women. Anita Baker's Rapture and Giving You the Best That I Got were genre defining and had strong record sales going five times platinum and three times platinum respectively. But Toni Braxton had her self-titled debut and Secrets which each went 8X platinum. Toni Braxton had more mainstream success, with 3 consecutive #1 hits on the Hot 100 (You're Makin Me High, Let It Flow, Unbreak My Heart), but Anita Baker was such a distinct force in the 1980s with 13 Top 20 R&B hits from 1986-1994. I might give this to Toni Braxton but with a strong reminder to respect her elders.

Mint Condition vs Tony! Toni! Tone!

A classic battle of the bands showdown! Tony! Toni! Tone! had the shorter career, but they flew higher throughout. Their last 3 albums all went platinum or better, and they had some solid R&B hits like Little Walter, The Blues, It Never Rains, and Whatever You Want. They had some cross over success thanks to If I Had No Loot which helped make Sons of Soul their biggest album. Mint Condition had the longer career, with albums running from 1991 to 2015. However, they never were able to make continued success. Breakin My Heart was their biggest success hitting #6 on the Hot 100, but they were never able to get any consistent momentum. Tony! Toni! Tone! wins here.

Destiny's Child vs TLC

Who was the more dominant group of women in 90s R&B? Their reigns seem evenly split as TLC controlled the early to mid 90s while Destiny's Child took the torch and controlled the late 90s and early 2000s. Both groups were shattered by departures from the group, though TLC's was more tragedy than anyones choice as Left Eye tragically died. Crazy Sexy Cool was huge at 12X platinum, but Writing's On The Wall was a fair comparison by Destiny's Child, going 8X platinum. Both groups had four solid albums. TLC had 4 #1 singles on the Hot 100, and 9 Top 10 hits. Their biggest hits were Red Light Special, Waterfalls, No Scrubs, and Unpretty. Destiny's Child also had 4 #1 singles on the Hot 100 and 10 Top 10 hits. Overall, it's amazing how close the two groups were by the numbers. Still, I think I have to give it to TLC for losing their momentum to tragedy over Destiny's Child losing Beyonce to stardom.

H-Town vs Hi-Five

This is unfortunately a Verzuz that wouldn't be that exciting as both groups lost their lead singers to tragedy. Both groups had a big crossover hit, with H-Town's Knockin Da Boots reaching #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B charts. Hi-Five had I Like The Way which topped both charts. Hi-Five kept it going more consistently, with I Can't Wait Another Minute and She's Playing Hard to Get both were top 10 hits. This one goes to Hi-Five, but just doesn't pack the excitement of other lineups.

Brian McKnight vs Eric Benet

Two talented R&B singers with long careers, strong production talent, and great voices. My takeaway when I was comparing for this matchup that Eric Benet deserves to sell way more records than he has. Only A Day In the Life went platinum, which is ridiculous because Hurricane is probably one of the best R&B albums of all time. Brian McKnight on the other hand, has had three gold albums and three platinum albums. Back At One was #2 on the Hot 100. Within the R&B charts, One Last Cry and You Should Be Mine gave him two more top 10 hits. This one is a blowout for Brian McKnight but seriously, it shouldn't be that big a gap.

Perfect Gentlemen vs Another Bad Creation

The battle of the New Jack Swing children acts. This one would more just be interesting to see where all these kids are today and how there lives have changed. The battle itself isn't particularly exciting and would be short lived, but it's fun!

What Verzuz battles would you like to see?