Raekwon or Ghostface Killah, who won the Verzuz battle? Live stream and full line-up as fans say ‘respect is real’
The dynamic duo has been dropping tracks together for more than 25 years. Fans got to witness pure hip-hop performances as the admiration and respect was clearly visible between the two
If you ever wanted to enroll in a master class of storytelling, then the latest 'Verzuz' battle between hip-hop icons Raekwon and Ghostface Killah was the best spot to see the greatness. The legendary rap artists from the same group Wu-Tang Clan came under one roof for a face-off in the on-going second season of 'Verzuz'.
The dynamic duo has been dropping tracks together for more than 25 years. They first began working on 1995's solo debut from Raekwon, ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’, which was followed by the 1996 Ghostface album ‘Ironman’. Formed in 1992, Wu-Tang Clan’s other members include RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa. Interestingly, RZA had faced against DJ Premier in May 2020, and Method Man had shown his skills in his 'Verzuz' performance when he joined D'Angelo & Friends last month.
Who won the 'Verzuz' battle?
Usually, the 'Verzuz' battles see opponents from different groups but since Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are from the same clan, there were no disses or disrespectful remarks against each other. Fans got to experience pure hip-hop performances as admiration and respect was clearly visible between the two. To make the latest 'Verzuz' battle more interesting, members Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck also showed up.
Many fans on different social media platforms said that it was hip-hop that won and it was a nostalgic ride to watch one of the hip-hop heavyweights take over the 'Verzuz' stage. 'Verzuz' had first announced the new line-up on March 18 on their official Instagram account.
The songs played during Raekwon vs Ghostface Killah
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have been active in the game for more than three decades and undoubtedly they have an extensive discography. However, to make sure their 'Verzuz' battle goes down in history, both the hip-hop icons curated an exclusive playlist of some of their best tracks.
Raekwon — who also goes by the name of The Chef — spit some real bars from his songs like ‘Ice Cream’ featuring Ghostface Killah, ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Still Strugglin’, ‘Incarcerated Scarfaces’, ‘Heaven & Hell’, ‘Verbal Intercourse’ again featuring Ghostface Killah, and ‘Knuckleheadz’.
Ghostface Killah — who also goes by the name of Tony Starks — put his contagious energy on display with his hit singles like ‘All That I Got Is You’, ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Apollo Kids’ featuring Raekwon, ‘The Hilton’ featuring Raekwon, ‘Beat the Clock’, ‘Be This Way’, ‘Shakey Dog’ and ‘Supa GFK’ among a few others.
How to live stream?
Co-created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, fans saw some of the epic battles of 'Verzuz' in recent months. Apart from the D’Angelo set, viewers enjoyed Ashanti vs Keyshia Cole, Jeezy vs Gucci Mane, and E-40 vs Too Short. If you want to catch all action of the upcoming battles, then simply go to VerzuzTV's Instagram Live or you can also sign up with Triller.
‘The respect between them is real’
Fans erupted with joy as they watched the battle going down between two of the greatest emcees. Speaking on the same, one user stated, “Ghost and Rae are like Diz & Bird, the ultimate Fire duo.” Another said, “Oh shit I almost missed this #verzuz tho! Let my throw on a ski mask n put the strap in my lap. That’s how Rae & Ghost shit makes you feel!! Wu-Tang.” One individual asserted, “This energy is amazing! So many classic records.”
The next one posted, “The banter between Ghost and Rae in between songs sounds exactly like the skits on their albums, which leads me to believe none of those Wu skits were ever planned” whereas another added, “Thank god for these interludes. They're keeping me from robbing my own house.” One said, “This might be the best vibe we’ve had in a #verzuz. Makes sense. This is a family night.” The next person tweeted, “Another win for the culture. Classic Verzuz” while another fan concluded, “I love that they know each other's songs...the respect between them is real.”
Oh shit I almost missed this #verzuz tho! Let my throw on a ski mask n put the strap in my lap. That’s how Rae & Ghost shit makes you feel!! Wu-Tang 👐🏽— DJ MoonDawg (@DJMoonDawg) March 21, 2021
This energy is amazing! So many classic records #VERZUZ— Andrew AG Barnett WBTV (@AndrewBarnettTV) March 21, 2021
The banter between Ghost and Rae in between songs sounds exactly like the skits on their albums, which leads me to believe none of those Wu skits were ever planned 😭🤣 #VERZUZ— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) March 21, 2021
Thank god for these interludes. They're keeping me from robbing my own house#VERZUZ— RAD (@radvstheworld) March 21, 2021
This might be the best vibe we’ve had in a #verzuz. Makes sense. This is a family night.— fredara (@fredaraMareva) March 21, 2021
I love that they know each other's songs...the respect between them is real #verzuz— Guess (@GuessuR) March 21, 2021