Swizz Beatz Pitches a 'King of the South' Verzuz Between Rick Ross and T.I.

Swizz Beatz Pitches a 'King of the South' Verzuz Between Rick Ross and T.I.

Published Tue, May 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM EDT

Swizz Beatz is calling on T.I. and Rick Ross for a "King of The South" Verzuz battle.

In an Instagram Live with his Verzuz co-founder, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz said Rick Ross has said he's down for the song battle and the decision lies with T.I.

“Rick Ross said he wanted T.I.,” Swizz Beatz said. “Rick Ross and Tip. Battle of the south. Crown of the south. King of the south. T.I., talk to me... Ross you can fly your plane to the party.”  

T.I.'s debut album, I'm Serious, arrived in 2001 though his landmark project arrived a few years later with 2003's Trap Muzik. Both rappers grew an underground fanbase via mixtapes before experiencing mainstream success — Ross' breakthrough album came in 2006 with Port of Miami. The pair have collaborated regularly throughout the years, including on the standout "Maybach Music III" featuring Jadakiss and Erykah Badu from Ross' 2010 album, Teflon Don.

As for Swizz, in addition to planning upcoming Verzuz battles, the super producer is also planning to connect with his music friends for a much-anticipated performance at the 2023 Rock The Bells Festival on August 5 in Queens. This year's festival is particularly special as it also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop.

Check out Swizz's call for a "King of The South" Verzuz above.

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