SWV or Xscape, who won Verzuz battle? Live stream and full line-up as fans say 'Kandi's energy is top-notch'
Fans have enjoyed several Verzuz battles between many hip-hop heavyweights but it was now time for the music lovers to experience a Verzuz showdown between the '90s R&B groups SWV (Sisters With Voices) and Xscape. Both the female groups ruled the charts in the '90s and keeping in mind the same, both the squads got their A-game in the Verzuz battle held over the weekend.
The latest Verzuz face-off is a follow-up to the battle between The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire, which was held on April 4, and a smoke-out between Redman and Method Man on April 20. Co-created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, the Verzuz battle is currently in its second season and SWV or Xscape is going to be a memorable one as it is one-year anniversary edition of the famous online battle.
SWV vs Xscape: How to live stream Verzuz battle, date, time, where to watch and who will win R&B girl group face-off
Who won the Verzuz battle?
SWV consists of three members namely Cheryl Gamble aka Coko, Leanne Lyons, and Tamara Johnson. The talented trio from New York was one of the most successful groups in the '90s. Formed in 1988, the group disbanded in 1988 only to come back stronger in 2005. SWV has sold more than 25 million records worldwide. If we talk about Xscape, the R&B group was formed in 1992 but unfortunately split their ways in 1998. They again came back in 2001 and stayed active till 2006 only to make their way back to the stage in 2017. Xscape members include Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, LaTocha Scott, Tamera Coggins-Wynn and Tamika Scott. The squad has sold more than seven million records worldwide.
Speaking of the Verzuz battle, both the R&B groups pulled up their A-game with some of their top songs. Looking at the performances, it seemed SWV was all over the place whereas, Xscape seems to have rehearsed for this showdown as they performed in sync and managed to impress the social media users. Since the winner is never really announced in Verzuz battles, it is the Internet who ultimately decides the deserving candidate of the crown.
The songs played during SWV vs Xscape
SWV has a number of hit songs to their name and they decided to perform on the same with an intention to impress their online fans. The trio took over the stage with their chart-topping singles such as 'Weak', 'I'm So Into You,' 'Right Here (Human Nature Remix),' and 'You're The One’ among a few others. For the unversed, ‘Weak’ had also reached at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the time of its release. Speaking of Xscape, the four-member group performed on their hit singles such as 'Understanding', 'Just Kickin' It,' 'Off the Hook', 'Traces of My Lipstick', ‘Wifed Up' and ‘Dream Killa’.
How to live stream?
Verzuz has brought in a number of renowned artists earlier including the D’Angelo set, Ashanti vs Keyshia Cole, Jeezy vs Gucci Mane, E-40 vs Too Short, Snoop Dogg vs DMX and others. Fans can catch all the action of the upcoming battles, on VerzuzTV's Instagram Live or can also sign up with Triller. One can also download the FITE app for the same. SWV vs Xscape was broadcast on May 8 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.
‘Oh lord this is a mess’
Like always, the Internet did not shy away to express their valuable opinion on Verzuz battle between SWV and Xscape. Looking at their reactions, it seems a lot of them found it to be a mess. Speaking about the face-off, one user stated, “Everybody can sing lead here.” Talking about Xscape, one posted, “I knew Kandi was going to find a way to have her moment. I ain’t mad at it though. Her pen pushed some HITS!” Another said, “Kandi energy is top notch. She always understands the assignment #VERZUZ”
The next one found the battle to be a little boring, “This verzuz 50/50 it’s boring but they playing they best songs.” One made fun of SWV Xscape and shared, “Oh lord this is a mess. #Verzuz” Another added, “We don’t even want any background stories at this point. Just SANG.” One user pointed out SWV’s member Coko and said, “What is Coko on tonight??? She’s giving me Keyshia Cole #Verzuz energy.” Another user praised Xscape’s seamless performance and asserted, “Xscape did not come to play they been rehearsing.”
I knew Kandi was going to find a way to have her moment. I ain’t mad at it though. Her pen pushed some HITS! #VERZUZ— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) May 9, 2021
Kandi energy is top notch. She always understands the assignment #VERZUZ— Fee, MBA (@feelynben) May 9, 2021