The two rappers and producers faced off against each other once again. This time they dedicated their Verzuz rematch to DMX and Aaliyah.
The duo faced off against each other on March 24, 2020. At that time, the battle last five hours. The virtual battle series was founded last March when the coronavirus pandemic halted all live performances to reduce social gathering.
In the latest installment of Verzuz, the creators took part in a rematch in Miami. They perform in front of a live audience. Beatz said in that show, “I dedicate this show to my brother DMX, and Timbaland’s sister Aaliyah.”
The pair of the artist dropped tracks from production back catalogs, including songs by Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. The battle came to an end after two hours and Timbaland was coming out as a winner.
The show ended with Beatz playing DMX’s ‘Party Up’. “I miss my brother, I ain’t gonna lie,” After his performance, he said, “That shit almost took me out. Timb was such a gentleman, he was like, ‘We gonna end it on DMX.’”
Aaliyah died in 2001 at the age of 22 while DMX died in 2021. Swizz Beatz paid tribute to the late rap icons, “This year in hip-hop has been really hard,” he said. “We lost so many amazing souls. We would like to honor their lives, and I would like to honor my brother, DMX, the great.
He added, “He made music with raw passion. He spoke to the streets, he spoke to the world. He prayed for others before he could pray for himself. He loved others before he would love himself. His music is iconic magic to the world. His legacy will forever be remembered.”