Will Smith Says He and LL Cool J Have Discussed Doing A 'Verzuz' Battle


Will Smith has shared he is interested in taking on the Verzuz stage with fellow hip-hop icon LL COOL J. However, the Philadelphia rapper-turned-actor isn’t sure he will come out with a win.

Smith paid a recent visit to Shade 45’s "Sway in the Morning" with his King Richards co-stars, Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney. During the interview, Sway asked Smith if he had ever considered stepping into the Verzuz ring. The Fresh Prince revealed he and LL had already discussed it. 

“Yeah, you know I was thinking about that. Me and L, we’re talking about doing one,” Smith said. “But I never had a chance to—I was writing my book … L is going to body me.”

Sway’s co-host Heather B weighed in on the proposed showdown, suggesting Will may have a better chance if he is accompanied by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

“What’s dope about Will, though, Will and L was out when the era when it was the DJ and the rapper,” she said. “It was Eric B. and Rakim, Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. Everybody had their DJ, so don’t let [DJ Jazzy] Jeff on the turn tables.”

“That’s my secret weapon right there,” Smith responded.

LL has also expressed interest in doing a Verzuz battle. During an interview with The Morning Hustle earlier this year, Fat Joe claimed LL wanted to take on Drake or Jay-Z. 

“LL Cool J, let me tell you, he’s my idol,” Joe said. “I wouldn’t even feel right, you know what I’m saying? I rap ’cause of him,” said Joe before adding, “LL wants JAY-Z or Drake. That’s who LL COOL J allegedly wants—Jay-Z or Drake.”


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