Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz Brought the Rap World to a Halt Last Night

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz streamed an epic “battle of the beats” on Instagram Live from an intimate New York City function. Attendees included Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, Hot 97’s Ebro Darden and more, but in the IG Live comments, the two legendary producers were joined by the likes of Puff Daddy, Q-Tip, Pusha T, T.I., Meek Mill, 9th Wonder, Timbaland, DJ Clark Kent, DJ Kay Slay, Kelly Rowland, and a myriad of other stars and superstars who, for just under 3 hours, weren’t stars and superstars. They were kids in candy stores like the rest of us, watching the unthinkable occur.

The impromptu showdown kicked off as a casual display of two producers flaunting their deep, essential catalogs. However, with an hour left in the festivities, Busta Rhymes showed up (at roughly the 1:32:00 mark), Ebro signaled for a final “fouth quarter” push for both producers, and things intensified. Swizz directed gunfire sound effects at Just before unloading Ruff Ryders and Cassidy classics, T.I.’s “Swing Ya Rag,” and an unreleased song featuring Jay Z, Nas, DMX and Jadakiss.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Though Swizz was eventually declared the winner by Ebro, who appeared to be the de facto host of the battle, Just Blaze didn’t disappoint. The soul sample wizard brought crown jewels like Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky,” Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit A” and Dipset’s “I Really Mean It.” That’s what prompted Swizz to pull out the unreleased cut just to ensure victory.

In his closing remarks, Swizz reiterated how unplanned the battle was, and reminded viewers that the competition was friendly, as he and Just have been friends for the last two decades. By then, however, nobody cared for a closing statement. The internet was already trying to figure out who would be next to go head-to-head. Requests for a Timbaland vs. Pharrell sequel popped up so rapidly, both producers began trending, and Just Blaze subsequently threw some fuel onto the fire.

So who would you like to see throw down in a potential sequel?

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