Ghostface Killah and Raekwon to Face Off in Next ‘Verzuz’
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland revealed subsequent matchup on Sunday (Feb. 28).
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland revealed subsequent Verzuz matchup on Sunday (Feb. 28), announcing that Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon are set to try to to battle.
The news came during a post-show Instagram Live after the head-spinning set from D’Angelo and his legion of special guests on Saturday night. “Play one among the records of who’s arising next, and I’ll play one too,” Swizz tells Timbaland within the video, which the previous posted to Instagram. The Verzuz co-founders then played snippets from the legendary MCs, bobbing their heads to the tunes.
“Raekwon vs. Ghostface, hold on bro,” Swizz said because the men took turns playing bits of every man’s most beloved tracks, including Ghost’s “Run” and ‘Kwon’s “Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Verbal Intercourse.” “Let’s take it back to the … streets! Let’s take it back to the streets,” Swizz yelled over the pair’s 1995 joint track “Criminology.”
“Whoooo!! What we talkin’ about, ny City? Staten Island stand up!” Swizz added as Tim looked on wide-eyed. “Wu vs. Wu. Raekwon vs. Ghostface Killah. … Dates to return .”
Watch the entire announcement on Swizz Beatz’ Instagram. The battle news comes at about the 10-minute mark.
At press time no date was announced for the showdown, which can find the lads following on the heels of their Wu-Tang mates RZA, who faced off against DJ Premiere in May, and Method Man, who slipped into frame with D’Angelo this weekend for “Left & Right” and “Breakups 2 Makeups.”
The dynamic duo are making tracks together for quite 25 years, beginning on 1995’s solo debut from Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which was followed by 1996’s Ghostface album Ironman.
A Verzuz spokesperson also confirmed to Billboard that co-founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are going to be doing a battle of their own for the one-year anniversary.