- On Tuesday, June 29, Verzuz announced that they would be teaming up.
With Essence magazine to match R&B heavyweights Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat on July 1. On Tuesday (June 29), Verzuz announced that they would team up with Essence magazine for the July 1 match between R&B heavyweights Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.
Typically, black women’s runway outlets hold the date as the premiere of their festive annual music festival, starting with three days of live concerts at the New Orleans Superdome. But of course, the world has changed a lot since Essence’s last private festival in 2019.
However, Verzuz got those feelings under control on Thursday night (July 1) when Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown brought out the best of themselves on stage. This is truly a celebration of two cultural giants….” DJ Cassidy was thrilled that evening and couldn’t be more focused.
Bobby Brown’s career began in the mid-1980s as part of the ubiquitous R&B New Edition boy band – and while exploring solo in 1987 with a built-in fan base, Keith Swat first found his place on the Billboard 100 with hits like “Make It Last Forever” and “I Want Her” from his debut album.
When the lights shone, the two sat opposite each other, their backs to ornate thrones, ready to prove why they had long been crowned kings. This is how Billboard scored their showdown. Swat kept his cool by announcing the lyrics to “Something Just Ain’t Right” while sitting down.
The crowd in the house missed him, but Keith was far from breaking a sweat. Bobby Brown went to “Don’t Be Cruel,” and fans of the Instagram show went crazy. Comments rumbled as DJ Envy Whitney copied Houston’s proclamations from the past few years and said: “King of R&B.” It doesn’t hurt me too much now…”
Bobby took it off with a smile and dropped “Mr. The Telephone Man” to the delight of the audience. Some commentators pondered the difference in Bobby’s current voice from the original, ignoring the fact that he was 15 when the New Edition released it.” Maybe you brought Ronnie, Ricky, and Mike here,” Pot teased.