The masterminds behind Verzuz have finally set a date for the highly anticipated Bow Wow and Soulja Boy face-off. According to the platform’s official Instagram account, the two veteran rappers will go head-to-head on June 26.
But that isn’t all. At the same time, Verzuz co-founders Timbaland and Swizz Beatz also announced Eve and Trina will go round-for-round on June 16. Another battle, scheduled for July 1, is on the bill as well, but the artists are blurred out.
Trina originally wanted to go up against Lil Kim. During an appearance on 103.5 The Beat in March, Trina said she was down for the battle but admitted nothing had been proposed yet.
“[Lil] Kim is that bitch,” she said at the time. “Let’s be very clear…When I came into the industry, this is who I looked at, looked up to. This is the lyrics that I recited, this is what made me know that it’s OK to talk that lethal shit. Therefore, I would feel like that’s equivalent because Kim is legendary and she got mad records.”
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Both Trina and Eve experienced a wave of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Trina, who first rose to notoriety in 1998 with her appearance on “Nann N-gga” with Trick Daddy, has eight studio albums in her discography, including 2000’s Da Baddest Bitch and 2008’s Still Da Baddest.
Meanwhile, Eve exploded on the scene alongside DMX as the “First Lady of Ruff Ryders.” Her 2001 album Scorpion earned the now 42-year-old a Grammy Award in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category for her duet with Gwen Stefani “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.”
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Eve admitted she never would’ve attained the type of success she had if Dr. Dre didn’t drop her from Aftermath Entertainment early in her career.
“Lord, child,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t think I’d be here. I don’t think we’d be talking about a 20-year anniversary. I don’t think my career would have lasted as long. I think when I signed to Dre, like many artists, I signed and thought this was it. This is fucking it, I’m signed. And I had an attitude.
“I had such an attitude — and not bitchy but more just like, ‘What’s up. When am I coming out?’ I was so ready to come out, but I did not understand being developed as an artist.
She added, “And if he hadn’t dropped me, I would not be here, I know that. I would not have come up. I would not have said to myself, you know what? I don’t want to be Eve of Destruction. I just want to be Eve.
“And when he dropped me, that was when I was like, ‘I’m dropping this fucking persona. I just want to be myself.’ Dropping me, made me it. I thank him now for it.”