Swizz Beatz might have accidently let the cat out of the bag. The producer revealed that A Tribe Called Quest and OutKast “Verzuz” battle is in the works. Swizz joined DJ Kid Capri for an interview on Instagram Live and revealed that the two iconic groups might be appearing in an upcoming episode of he and Timbaland’s hit virtual series.
“We got A Tribe Called Quest and OutKast. [It’s] pending,” the music producer said, laughing. “I wasn’t even supposed to say, I might have just fucked that all up.”
Swizz said he has been in discussion with the groups to get them together for a head-to-head battle but hinted that trying to pin down Andre 3000 might be what is slowing down the process, but that he is remaining optimistic and patience that it will go down after all in the near future.
“Q-Tip is my brother, but that man. Andre 3000 is my brother, but that man,” he said. “But you know what, we love and we have patience and whenever they’re ready, we’re ready. Because Verzuz is not just something for the pandemic, it’s something for the culture permanently. That’s what I want people to understand. We have so many lined up, we didn’t even start yet.
The last battle went down between Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle in September and the series has been on hiatus ever since. In October, it was announced that season 2 of the series will return with T.I. vs. Jeezy. “#VERZUZ is back with Season 2 ‼️ T.I. vs Jeezy. Let the celebrations begin,” the Instagram post read. The Atlanta rappers will face off on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Instagram and Apple Music.
The show has proven to help increase streams and sales for artists after they participate in the series. After Jill Scott and Erykah Badu’s Verzuz battle, the two singers collectively brought in 6.7 million US streams for their song catalogs, compared to 2.1 million streams the week prior to the battle.