Here's What Went Down During Brandy and Monica's VERZUZ Battle

Featuring a cameo by Kamala Harris and a new song premiere by Monica.

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Brandy and Monica‘s 1998 collaboration “The Boy Is Mine” was undoubtedly an instant classic when it first premiered. The song was centered around both singers falling for the same man acting as neighbors in frequent arguments over Mekhi Phifer. Then something strange happened: the two collaborators were then engaged in an actual career-long feud. Fast forward some 20 years later and the R&B icons returned to the center stage through the ongoing VERZUZ series where each highlighted their respective best hits in a heavyweight battle — and addressed their rivalry openly. What resulted was a record 1.2 million viewers tuning in live including an appearance by vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and calls to vote in the upcoming election echoed by Michelle Obama in the comments section.

“It was not something that I would say was anyone’s fault,” Monica told Entertainment Tonight about her and Brandy’s rivalry before last night’s episode. “We all added to it and after a while it became real… It gets a little bit frustrating for both she and I when it becomes, ‘No, I like her better. Well, I like her better.’”

“We’ve long removed ourselves from the dramatics of it but we’re gonna have a very in-depth conversation that may possibly be shared even with the audience because there’s a lot that happens, the fans have no idea what really took place, what really caused the initial friction,” Monica continued.

“I really am a straight shooter and I really do admire what you do musically,” Monica told Brandy who then responded with, “I just need you to know that I have the utmost love and respect for you, no matter the times where it seemed like I didn’t.” Things did get contentious at times where Brandy threw some shade Monica’s way when she talked about her struggle to “kick in doors” in regards to the music industries various obstacles for women of color.

Monica even debuted her latest song “Trenches” featuring Lil Baby and produced by The Neptunes (which you can stream below.) The show fittingly ended with the two revisiting their iconic duet “The Boy Is Mine.” Check out both Monica and Brandy’s tracklists below.

Brandy VERZUZ Battle

Round 1:
Brandy: What About Us?
Monica: Everything to Me

Round 2:
Brandy: He Is
Monica: A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)

Round 3:
Brandy: Full Moon
Monica: So Gone

Round 4:
Brandy: I Wanna Be Down (Remix) [ft. MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo]
Monica: Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)

Round 5:
Brandy: Baby
Monica: Like This and Like That

Round 6:
Brandy: Angel in Disguise
Monica: U Should’ve Known Better

Round 7:
Brandy, Gladys Knight, Tamia, Chaka Khan: Missing You
Monica: For You I Will

Round 8:
Brandy: Almost Doesn’t Count
Monica: Why I Love You So Much

Round 9:
Brandy: Brokenhearted [ft. Wanya Morris]
Monica: Love All Over Me

Round 10:
Monica: Anything to Find You [ft. Rick Ross]
Brandy: Top of the World [ft. Mase]

Round 11:
Monica: Still Standing [ft. Ludacris]
Brandy: Borderline

Round 12:
Monica: Commitment
Brandy & Daniel Caesar: LOVE AGAIN

Round 13:
Usher: Slow Jam [ft. Monica]
Brandy: Put It Down [ft. Chris Brown]

Round 14:
Monica: The First Night
Brandy: Who Is She 2 U

Round 15:
Monica: Knock Knock [ft. Missy Elliott]
Brandy: Best Friend

Round 16:
Monica: Before You Walk Out of My Life
Brandy: Sittin’ Up in My Room

Round 17:
Monica: Everytime tha Beat Drop [ft. Dem Franchise Boyz]
Brandy: Talk About Our Love [ft. Kanye West]

Round 18:
Monica: Sideline Ho
Brandy: Put That on Everything

Round 19:
Keyshia Cole: Trust [ft. Monica]
Brandy: When You Touch Me

Round 20:
Monica: Just Right for Me [ft. Lil Wayne]
Brandy: Have You Ever

Round 21:
Monica: Angel of Mine
Brandy & Monica: The Boy Is Mine

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