Photo Credit: Verzuz
It hasn’t officially been announced yet, but it looks like Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One will face off in the next Verzuz matchup
The next Verzuz will be going down on Sunday October 17th in Brooklyn, New York, at the Barclays Center. The question remains — who will be facing off?
Strong indication seems to be that the matchup will be Big Daddy Kane vs. KRS-One. On Friday, October 1st, Verzuz sent out the poster for the battle, asking fans to guess who the matchup will be — despite the fact that the poster makes it pretty obvious that it will be the two legendary rappers.
Thousands of fans guessed correctly— including Snoop Dogg and DJ Premier. (Or maybe they saw the Seat Geek landing page?) And on Twitter, rap fans have been already debating the match.
Kane has the showmanship going for him. He still puts on a GREAT show. But song-for-song it’s going to be hard for for him when they get beyond 11 or 12. Kris has too much firepower. I think Rakim vs. KRS would have been even more intriguing. And THAT’S saying something. https://t.co/1KErkNsWTG
— Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29) October 2, 2021
Kane and KRS are both incredible live performers. But half of the fun of a Kris show are his freestyled interludes, which don’t fit the Verzuz format. Whereas Kane is all hits, with dancing. Curious to see how it plays out.
— Shawn Setaro (@SameOldShawn) October 2, 2021
Y’all better stop saying that Big Daddy Kane don’t have enough material for KRS One y’all just never listened.🤷🏽♂️
— IG: @Vstylez (@Vstylez) October 4, 2021
This will be the third straight Verzuz to take place in New York City. This is following the Lox’s dominating win against Dipset and the face off between Fat Joe and Ja Rule. (This will be the first Verzuz to take place at the Barclays Center.)
For years Big Daddy Kane has talked about how KRS-One was the rap battle he always wanted. (Even more so than Rakim.) In 2019 Kane told Okayplayer:
“His battle skills are incredible. I’ve watched stuff that he’s done with other people he battled. Direction-wise, I really respect his battle skills. If you want to go at it with someone, you want to go at it with the best. He’s one of the best established artists who knows how to battle.”