Busta Rhymes wants to battle Eminem or Lil Wayne in Verzuz Season 2, fans say he'll get 'smoked' by both of them

After T.I. declined going against him, Rhymes said, 'I would love to spar against anybody, as long as their catalog is a powerful catalog because I don’t want to do a corny Verzuz'


                            Busta Rhymes wants to battle Eminem or Lil Wayne in Verzuz Season 2, fans say he'll get 'smoked' by both of them
Busta Rhymes (Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Pandora)

Busta Rhymes thinks Jay-Z and Eminem would make a good matchup in the next Verzuz Battle. As Verzuz creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz gear up for the upcoming season, we can expect many fans and artists to suggest their perfect matchups. On October 13, Timbaland took to his social media to tease Season 2's imminence, saying it is "COMING SOON." The second season of Verzuz will start on November 19, with rappers T.I. and Jeezy going head-to-head in the first episode.

If you're a newcomer to the series, Verzuz is a US webcast series that pits artists, songwriters and producers against each other commonly in a rap battle style on Instagram and Apple Music, although there have also been R&B artists using songs from their catalog to showcase their vocal gymnastics too.

After T.I. recently declined the idea of going against him, Busta Rhymes then spoke of other potential MCs he'd like to face on the series in an interview with Complex. “I would love to spar against anybody,” Rhymes said, noting, “As long as their catalog is a powerful catalog because I don’t want to do a corny Verzuz."

Rhymes then explained that his preference would be going against someone he's a fan of: “I don’t wanna do no Verzuz with anybody whose catalog isn’t crazy. And I would love to do a Verzuz with somebody that I’m a fan of because I’m only trying to compete with somebody that brings the best out of me.”
 
The rapper then listed some famous names, saying, “I would love to do a Verzuz with Eminem, I would love to do a Verzuz with Lil Wayne. I would love to do a Verzuz with Hov." Rhymes even added that battling against "two artists at the same time," sounded like an interesting idea. “I actually presented that before T.I. started talking like that,” he noted.

Rhymes has also spoken of losing a rap battle in high school to Jay-Z (his fellow student at the time). Rhymes shared that he “always wanted to have my rematch.” He pointed out, "It didn’t happen which was fine because I ended up getting my skillset developed to the point where I don’t think nobody want to fuck with a n***a now."

Rhymes being openly vocal about the names he'd like to face off with on Verzuz has drawn a lot of mixed reactions on Twitter. We'll list some of the positive fan reactions first. "Busta has hits galore..reality none of them want to face him, when they review his catalog they run i.e TIP," said a fan to which another replied, "Eminem could probably take him Jay and Wayne don’t have a chance."



 



 

One fan said, "He's absolutely right on point." "Eminem and Busta Rhymes Verzuz battle makes more sense," noted another fan.

Other fans gave hard criticism for Rhymes' suggestions. "It feels like busta is trying to prove that he belongs in the top tier of hip hop legends," wrote a fan. One fan said, "No disrespect to a "pioneer" or "OG" but he'd lose against all 3 unfortunately, I know his catalog and he's got bangers but cmon." "Busta gets smoked by any of those guys," added another fan.



 



 



 



 

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