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Brandy More "Open" To "Verzuz" Battle Than Monica, But Still Hesitant


While Brandy says she’s “open” to doing a “Verzuz” battle unlike Monica, she’s still hesitant about the “nerve-racking” prospect of going hit-for-hit.

Although may be “open” to a “Verzuz” battle against , she’s still not thrilled about the idea of going hit-for-hit. and ‘s “Verzuz” series has been a hallmark of quarantine entertainment thus far, providing music fans with tons of joy and comfort while they’re stuck at home. It was recently announced that , but two other ladies that have been brought up frequently as worthy potential opponents are R&B It girls, Brandy and Monica. The two songstresses rose to prominence around the same time in the 90s and early 2000s, and while there were rumours of their animosity towards one another ever since they recorded their breakout hit, “The Boy Is Mine,” they seem to be on good terms these days.

Brandy More "Open" To "Verzuz" Battle Than Monica, But Still HesitantDan Callister/Getty Images

On Friday (May 1st), Brandy sat down for a a virtual interview with Essence over Facebook to discuss her brand new single,  with . During the video chat, she was asked if she’d be interested in participating in a “Verzuz” battle in general (12:35), but she didn’t seem too certain about it.

“I really can’t see myself doing that,” Brandy confessed. “I mean, I’m open to it, but I haven’t really thought about it.” She then notes that the interviewer is “the second person that’s mentioned that to me,” before calling the prospect of a hit battle, “nerve-racking.” The obvious opponent of Monica is then suggested, to which she says, “Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know.” However, she goes on to say, “I’m open. I’m open for sure. I’m open. I’m not closed-minded.”

Brandy More "Open" To "Verzuz" Battle Than Monica, But Still HesitantLarry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy

Monica, however, was much less willing to consider participating in a battle with Brandy, saying that she “doubts” it would ever happen. Although she thinks the concept of “Verzuz” is “an incredible idea” and appreciates the fact that it’s turned into “a celebration” of artists’ vast catalogues,  “The reality is, people have put us against each other for 20-something years,” Monica said, despite the fact that, as she puts it, they’re “polar opposites.” However, she’d be interested in a more celebratory type of affair, rather than one of a competitive nature.

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