The anticipation level was high last night as more than 1 million fans logged on to Instagram to watch singers Brandy and Monica reunite for an iconic Verzuz battle.
And while initially the Instagram moment gathered amazing responses from the online crowd, it quickly became evident that people were growing bored watching the two 90s R&B queens sit and pontificate about some of their hit songs.
The battle, which aired Monday night, was broadcast live from Atlanta, GA. Monica, who is an Atlanta native, welcomed Brandy to the South. Brandy quickly reminded her colleague, whom she had not seen in eight years, that she was from the ‘Sip, as in Mississippi.
Verzuz battles aren’t concerts per se, but given the high level of anticipation fans were feeling, there was a serious expectation that the pair would break into live songs. They are, after all, amazing live vocalists.
Instead, the reunion appeared a bit awkward. Even though the ladies embraced in the beginning, the energy was weird.
Rumours of a longstanding feud between the two women have plagued Brandy and Monica since they were teens singing on the Grammy-winning hit, The Boy Is Mine.
Last night’s reunion did very little, in my estimation, to quell those rumours. The singers just looked awkward.
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But, beyond that, the battle was just incredibly dull, tired and disappointing.
We expected Fourth of July fireworks and got street firecrackers instead.
There was no chemistry between the two. They seemed like they were going through the motions and the magic that we had been hoping for, seemed to be gone.
Even rapper Snoop Dogg expected more
During the earlier part of the live show, when it became apparent that the women would not be singing live, rapper Snoop Dogg urged the ladies to pick up the microphone and sing.
I responded, “Thank you, Snoop! Same thing I said. I wanna hear LIVE MUSIC. When u and DMX rocked the house it was live music.”
Many people left the show because they said they were expecting to see the women sing.
I watched the verzuz battle between DMX and Snoop Dogg and it was so much fun to watch. They both stood up and worked the virtual crowd. There was so much energy between those guys that it renewed my interest in their music.
I will always be a Brandy and Monica fan, but this just wasn’t it.
This Bahamian Gyal