Billboard names Beenie Man winner of Verzuz battle
May 25, 2020
Billboard has named Beenie Man the champ of Saturday’s friendly clash named Bounty Killer the ‘People’s Champion’ for his “off-the-cuff adlibs and manic energy.”
The clash, which was they hailed as the first most exciting and entertaining of the Verzuz battles staged by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz so far, said Beenie Man had the edge in 13 rounds, based on its 26-round assessment, and Bounty triumphed in 10, with a tie in three rounds.
The Verzuz battles events are streamed weekly via IG Live on Instagram.
Billboard applauded the move, saying, “Considering the fact that Jamaican sound systems pioneered the sort of ‘beat battles’ have made Verzuz a social media sensation well over half a century ago, the creative decision was more than fitting.”
“By pitting two icons of the genre, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man in head-to-head competition, this Verzuz battle did not just showcase two of its most respected lyricists ever to hold a microphone, it also tapped into an epic rivalry that stretches back more than a quarter of a century.”