The Verzuz battles became a big thing during the pandemic, and just as interest in the popular music face-off series seemed to dip when the world began opening back up, the now-infamous matchup between The Diplomats and The LOX breathed new life into the online event. On Tuesday (Sept. 14), Hip-Hop fans were treated to another primetime New York clash, as Fat Joe and Ja Rule went at it inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater.
Both rappers had a plethora of hard street singles and radio-friendly pop hits in their arsenal. For Ja, the matchup offered a chance at redemption: His mythical run in the early 2000s was cut short thanks to a well-documented feud with fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent. For Joe, who has continued to release new records throughout the ever-changing climate of current rap music, the Verzuz battle presented an opportunity to showcase his deep catalogue of hits that began in the mid-90s.
The night was filled with classic songs, surprise guests and a whole lot of trash talk. But then, what else would you expect from two of the most outspoken artists reppin’ The Big Apple? With that said, it was another memorable night for Hip-Hop.
You can catch the full Ja Vs Joe Verzuz above, or scroll through 10 Memorable Moments in the gallery below.