D’Angelo To Participate In Versus DJ Battle
R&B star D’Angelo will face off against unnamed “friends” in a Verzuz DJ battle. The battle will be live-streamed on February 27 from Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
The Verzuz battle, announced in a Sunday Instagram post, will be a friendly competition between an artist playing their most famous hits against a contemporary artist while fans cheer online. Launched last year, creators Timberland and Swizz Beats wanted to create a sport-like music event. Past shows included, Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys vs. John Legend and Brandy vs. Monica. D’Angelo is sure to fit in as fans seemed to love when the show featured 1990s-early 2000s hip-hop and R&B artists.
D’Angelo came into the music scene in the mid ’90s with his song, “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” He reached superstardom in 2000 when he released his Voodoo album, but then he disappeared for almost 15 years until he reemerged with Black Messiah in 2014.
The setting for Verzuz is no coincidence since D’Angelo performed at the Apollo Theater multiple times in his career.
If you are curious as what “friends” will be joining D’Angelo at the Apollo, you can watch the event on February 27 on Apple Music or Verzuz’s Instagram live.