Jay-Z On ‘Verzuz’ Battle: "No One Can Stand On That Stage With Me"
By Kiani Shabazz
JAY-Z is without a doubt rap's reigning king. With a thirteen album catalog which dates back to 1996, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an artist that can go pound for pound with the Brooklyn hip-hop powerhouse.
Hov made that fact clear during a recent conversation in Alicia Keys and Rob Markman’s Twitter Spaces discussion group while talking about the R&B legend’s latest album, Keys.
“No one can stand on that stage with me. It’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage with me,” Hov said after Markman asked if he ever would go against someone in the live hit battle show. “You got to stand in front of the ‘Grammy Family Freestyle’ live? No one has ever even seen me perform that, you got to stand in front of that? That ain’t never going to happen.”
Hov arguably has the greatest catalog in hip-hop history with album deep cuts that can compete with most artists’ greatest hits albums. This is the first time Jay explicitly said no one can see him in the Verzuz ring.
Despite Hov shunning all potential competitors, many emcees have vocalized their interest in facing Hov on the Verzuz stage. Most recently, Rick Ross claimed it was a “possibility” for the two to go song for song in a battle.
“Jay-Z… Yeah! Why not?” Ross said. “To me, that’s what makes Verzuz special because it brings out the best in both parties. That’s a possibility, but I gotta give my flowers to the big homie. I got to. My homie gave me my first opportunity signing me to Def Jam Records, and he’s one-of-one.”
What do you think? If anyone is worthy to face Jay Hova, who would it be?