When it comes to Verzuz, JAY-Z will not lose.
The Rock & Rock Hall of Famer was a surprise guest during a Twitter Spaces chat to promote Alicia Keys’ new album KEYS on Tuesday, where he discussed a variety of topics including Verzuz.
When asked who would be a worthy competitor in a potential Verzuz matchup, Hov said there’s only one person who can go head-to-head with him–himself.
“Can’t nobody stand on that stage with me. I ain’t gonna lie–no disrespect, everyone’s amazing in what they’ve done. No one can stand on stage with me,” he said.
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While he insisted that his comments weren’t meant to offend (“It’s not a shot”), he explained that no other artist has the catalog to back it up.
“There’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage with me for I don’t know how long it is, two hours,” he continued. “You gotta stand in front of the ‘Grammy Family (Freestyle)’ live. No one’s ever even seen me perform that and you gotta stand in front of that. That ain’t gonna never happen, man.”
Elsewhere during the conversation, the 52-year-old rap icon gave Beyoncé her flowers while addressing comparisons between his wife and Michael Jackson.
“Bey’s gonna be mad at me for saying this,” he said before adding, “But Michael Jackson ain’t never have Coachella. He’s amazing and he’s done amazing things, but she’s an evolution of him because she watched him when she was nine. She watched what he did and she improved upon the concept.”
He cited Bey’s 2018 Coachella performance as a historic moment for the culture. “Find me a concert that’s was culturally relevant and technically thrilling as Coachella,” said Hov.