Aug. 31 was an evening that any ’90s child who listened to R&B music had been ready for: Brandy and Monica got here collectively for the first time in eight years and blessed their followers with a rundown of their discographies. The newest Verzuz battle featured the queens of the ’90s as they reminisced, sipped and served tea, and reminded us all of these two aunties who had an enormous struggle years in the past and solely tolerated one another once more as a result of their mama has began speaking about how she’s “getting on in them years.” However even with the Twitter polls on whether or not Monica was sporting pants or boots, the surprise Kamala Harris appearance (love to see candidates assembly the folks the place they’re although!), and the debates on who was throwing shade, it was an evening of pure, nostalgic pleasure.
As my sister and I burst out singing to Monica’s “For You I Will,” I remembered being slightly woman and listening to the tune on the Area Jam soundtrack. Like the film, the music from these two ladies not solely served as the soundtrack to my life, but additionally helped me put phrases to my emotions. I did not know jack sh*t about relationships at 13, however I rattling certain sang alongside to Brandy’s crooning on “Who Is She 2 U” like I used to be in my emotions! Every time I had that interior turmoil, I knew what I wanted to hear to really feel seen. And that was the vibe with a majority of the viewers who tuned into the Instagram Stay occasion to spend three hours jamming with others who they did not know, however shared the connection of those two musicians with.
As God-is Rivera, Twitter’s world director of tradition and neighborhood, poignantly put it, “They gave us songs to have our first crushes to, songs to fall in love to, songs to get via our first heartbreak. They gave us a imaginative and prescient of ourselves.”
I hope after tonight of us actually perceive and recognize what Brandy and Monica gave to younger Black ladies in the 90s. They gave us songs to have our first crushes to, songs to fall in love to, songs to get via our first heartbreak. They gave us a imaginative and prescient of ourselves #Verzuz
— God-is Rivera (@GodisRivera) September 1, 2020
Whereas many have their ideas on who “received” the Verzuz battle and why, I am going to say that the true winners had been all of us. We obtained to see two ladies break down the tales behind a few of the finest songs in R&B historical past, helped them break a record with over 1.2 million people tuning in to watch them, and noticed two legends of their prime. We received. And it is about rattling time we might depend a win for the tradition. Take a look at the full playlist from the Verzuz battle forward, and soak in all the reminiscences they carry you.