Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey Verzuz battle anyone? Fans want a showdown of the queens but bet on R&B singer
While most ardent fans are vouching for Mary J Blige's R&B hits, others are certain that Mariah Carey's incredible vocals will be a perfect match for the legend
After the overwhelming success of the Brandy vs Monica Verzuz Battle, which drew a massive following of over 1M viewers on Instagram alone, fans are already speculating who the next match-up should be.
Brandy and Monica are both pop and R&B queens with an illustrious history between them, which extended to their chart-topping collaborative success with 'The Boy Is Mine' in 1998, and later, 'It All Belongs to Me' in 2012. But despite working together in the past, the singers also had an ongoing rivalry and reportedly had an icy relationship during the '90s. But they thankfully put their differences aside for this historic Verzuz battle to take place. And now that Brandy and Monica are done and dusted, and Jill Scott vs Erykah Badu also put on a spectacular neo-soul showcase back in May, fans are busy lining up their top picks for the next all-female Verzuz billing.
According to the latest Twitter trends, Mary J Blige has emerged as the star whom fans most want to see pitting her best 20 hits against the finest in the game. As one fan noted, "I really need a Mary J Verzuz. But the selection of 20 will be HARD."
I really need a Mary J Verzuz. But the selection of 20 will be HARD.— Jamie Foxx Stan Account (@AsToldByDANI) September 1, 2020
An ardent supporter also stated that if Mary J Blige ever got on Verzuz, the excitement could spell curtains for her vocal cords.
Let them get Mary J Blige on a Verzuz. I will have no voice for a week.— Kayla Henderson (@_KayHenderson2) September 1, 2020
Other fans agreed, with one ardent fan saying, "When Mary J Blige VERSUS ANYBODY I’m putting my money on Mary. NAME A R&B SOUL ALBUM BETTER THAN MY LIFE."
When Mary J. Blige VERSUS ANYBODY I’m putting my money on Mary 😤— Dajah (@__NoVu__) September 1, 2020
NAME A R&B SOUL ALBUM BETTER THAN MY LIFE 😴
A fan also declared, "Just know if they ever do a Mary J Blige Verzuz, I’m finding the address, 'cause baby I gotta be there even if I gotta help put her boots on."
Just know if they ever do a Mary j Blige verzuz I’m finding the address cause baby I gotta be there even if I gotta help put her boots on.— lala (@DJoohlala) September 1, 2020
Another Mary admirer queried, "Who is a legitimate music artist that can go heads up with Mary J Blige. Don't worry I'll wait??"
Who is a legitimate music artist that can go heads up with Mary J Blige. Don't worry I'll wait??— Mr.CreamJohnson (@MrCreamJohnson) September 1, 2020
Another fan echoed this sentiment, saying, "Who could you even pair Mary J. Blige with for a Verzuz battle?"
Who could you even pair Mary J. Blige with for a Verzuz battle ????— Paige (@goldenxgrl) September 1, 2020
Among the numerous touted names on the list of potential opponents, a few big names stood out — Keisha Cole, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, Faith Evans, Ashanti, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey. A clear favorite soon emerged, judging by the sheer number of tweets, with most fans favoring Mariah to go up against Mary. There also seemed to be a raging debate over who would win in a Mariah vs Mary battle, with fans seemingly divided into opposite camps.
One fan page said, "Can we get a #Verzuz battle between Mary J and Mariah Carey?"
This quickly spread throughout Twitter, as Mary vs Mariah became a trending topic.
Mariah Carey and Mary j Blige should do a versus they got so many hits— Le’Baby (@YoungAdeyDaDon) September 1, 2020
One fan declared that their immense quality through the 90s would stand both iconic singers in good stead.
Who should compete with Mariah Carey in a #Verzuz battle? I feel like as far as hits go she and Mary J could go toe to toe if they’re including their 90s hits— Tᒍ Tᕼᗴ ᗩᑕTIᐯIᔕT (@tjarchiejr) September 1, 2020
Another supporter noted, "People talking about a Mariah and Mary J but Mariah is pop and Mary has street credit."
As one fan exclaimed, "Mary J Blige is in a league of her own."
Mary J Blige is in a league of her own— 🐐 (@1jiare) September 1, 2020
But another user tweeted that Mariah had a better vocal range overall.
Well its a fact that mariah has a higher octave range then mary j blige. Thats not an opinion. Mary not dare hittin them notes. However mary is more soulful and relatable. It seems my opinion hit yall nerves lololol— GetThatBreadGetThatHeadThenLeave♏️ (@SheSoHolyy) September 1, 2020
Another superfan said that Mariah was another level altogether.
You are crazy if you think Mary J would beat Mariah Carey in a Verzuz battle lol Mary has a fire catalog but Mariah is a whole different monster— Okera J (@OkeraJ) September 1, 2020
But one Mary fan exclaimed that no one could mess with her catalog of hits.
Mary J Blige is UNDEFEATED and it will remain that way. No singer in R&B/Soul can fucc with her catalog AT ALL.— CRE8TIVE CO$MO. 🧙🏿♂️ (@LoneWolfCosmo) September 1, 2020
Another listener concluded that no one would be able to touch Auntie Mary J in a Verzuz battle.
All ima say is nobody would touch auntie Mary J in a verzuz battle— Rai (@NoLimitRai) September 1, 2020
Now that the people have spoken on behalf of contemporary music culture, it's up to super producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz to decide who they will be pitting against each other in the next Verzuz Battle. Hopefully, it's one of the popular artistes who have already been mooted on the list above since that will definitely be met with strong approval and record viewership numbers.