Swizz Beatz says D’Angelo was supposed to battle Maxwell in Verzuz competition

Swizz Beatz says D'Angelo was supposed to battle Maxwell in Verzuz competition
D’Angelo and The Vanguard (Photo by James Benton for rolling out)

D’Angelo took the stage at the Apollo Theater in New York on Feb. 27 in the first-ever solo Verzuz competition. The “Brown Sugar” singer performed his R&B ballads then brought out H.E.R., Method Man and Redman to spark things up on their respective collaborations.

After the crowd rocking concert, Verzuz creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz hit up Instagram Live. The duo gave a little backdrop on how this particular battle ended up being a one-man saga. According to Beatz, D’Angelo and Maxwell were supposed to square off their musical catalogs on Valentine’s Day but that didn’t pan out.

“That didn’t work out … the fact that D’Angelo was still ready to go … and motivated, we had to celebrate him … no matter who was on stage with him. We had to celebrate that king because, as you can see, those songs that he played tonight, man, that’s real music. This is a celebrational stage and we couldn’t play around with him. We had to let him get his garden because he showed up and showed out,” Beatz explained.

Omarion, Juicy J, Tank, Snoop Dogg, Lena Waithe and Lenny Kravitz were just a few fellow celebrities who chimed in as they watched the performance on IG. “Devil’s Pie,” “Lady,” “Break Ups 2 Make Ups” and “Untitled” were just a few gems that D’Angelo serenaded the crowd with on Saturday night.

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