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Opinion: A Thinksllow Live Chat on the Ludacris vs Nelly Verzuz Battle

We at Thinksllow sacrificed some beauty sleep to live chat the going-ons of the battle on Instagram Live

This past weekend, some folks put on their fake afros and band-aids to their cheeks. Why? In anticipation of the Verzuz battle between Ludacris and Nelly. These 2 gents are some of the most prolific Southern hip hop artists of the early 2000’s. On one corner is Luda representing Atlanta with his dirty south punchline filled flows. On the other corner is Nelly with his St. Louis flavoured rap singing style.

The songs selected by Ludacris and Nelly are as follows:

Round 1: Jermaine Dupri feat. Ludacris’ “Welcome to Atlanta” vs. Nelly feat. Jaze Pha’s “Na-NaNa-Na”

Round 2: Ludacris feat. Shawnna & Lil Fate’s “P-Poppin’” vs. Nelly’s “Tip Drill”

Round 3: Ludacris feat. Nicki Minaj’s “My Chick Bad” vs. Nelly’s “Pimp Juice”

Round 4: Ludacris’ “Ho” vs. Nelly’s “Flap Your Wings”

Round 5: Ludacris’ “Saturday (Ooooh! Ooooh!)” vs. Nelly feat. City Spud’s “Ride Wit Me”

Round 6: Ludacris feat. Shawnna’s “What’s Your Fantasy” vs. Nelly’s “Country Grammar (Hot S–t)”

Round 7: Ludacris’ “Rollout (My Business)” vs. Nelly feat. Ashanti’s “Body on Me”

Round 8: Ludacris’ “Splash Waterfalls (Whatever You Want Remix)” vs. Nelly feat. Jaheim’s “My Place”

Round 9: Ciara feat. Ludacris’ “Oh” vs. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm’s “Nasty Girl”

Round 10: Nas feat. Ludacris and Jadakiss’ “Made You Look” (Remix) vs. Beanie Sigel and Freeway feat. Nelly and Murphy Lee’s “Roc The Mic” (Remix)

Round 11: Nelly’s “1000 Stacks” vs. Shawty Lo’s “Dey Know” remix (feat. Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Plies and Lil Wayne)

Round 12: Jagged Edge feat. Nelly’s “Where The Party At” (feat. Nelly) vs. Usher feat. Ludacris & Lil Jon’s “Yeah!”

Round 13: Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp’s “Grillz” vs. Ludacris feat. Shawnna’s “Stand Up”

Round 14: Nelly feat. Kyjuan, Ali & Murphy Lee’s “Air Force Ones” vs. Ludacris’ “Southern Hospitality”

Round 15: Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” vs. DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross’ “All I Do Is Win”

Round 16: Nelly’s “Just a Dream” vs. Ludacris feat. Nate Dogg’s “Area Codes”

Round 17: Nelly’s “E.I.” vs. Ludacris’ “Money Maker”

Round 18: Nelly feat. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell’s “Get Like Me” vs. Ludacris’ “How Low”

Round 19: Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” vs. Ludacris’ “Move Bitch”

Round 20: Nelly’s “Dilemma” vs. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz’s “Lovers and Friends” (feat. Usher and Ludacris)

We at Thinksllow sacrificed some beauty sleep to live chat the going-ons of the battle on Instagram Live, which was watched by over 400 000 viewers, glitches and all. Peep the convo between Jon Sllow, Circus Recipe & BraSmoove. 

The chat has been lightly edited for clarity:

2020/05/16, 22:31 – Jon Sllow: You up for the battle?
2020/05/16, 22:46 – Circus Recipe: Yup.
2020/05/17, 00:07 – Jon Sllow: Proper. I’m also gearing up.
2020/05/17, 01:09 – Circus Recipe: But now, Nelly is not Live on his IG. 🤦🏾‍♂️
2020/05/17, 01:14 – Jon Sllow: They on now 🙏🏽
2020/05/17, 01:16 – Circus Recipe: Nelly’s WiFi is tripping.
2020/05/17, 01:21 – Jon Sllow: He back
2020/05/17, 01:30 – Circus Recipe: Luda 1, Nelly 0
2020/05/17, 01:30 – Jon Sllow: RT
2020/05/17, 01:31 – Jon Sllow: His internet connection is bad.
2020/05/17, 01:33 – Circus Recipe: Nelly needs to play “Tip Drill”… ain’t no better response to “Pussy Poppin'”
2020/05/17, 01:34 – Jon Sllow: Ei! He needs a good come back.
2020/05/17, 01:34 – Bra Smoove: What network is Nelly using? Telkom? 🤦🏾‍♂️
2020/05/17, 01:36 – Circus Recipe: It’s soooo bad. 😭😭😭
2020/05/17, 01:37 – Bra Smoove: I didn’t accidentally nap and wake up for this, SMH.

2020/05/17, 01:42 – Jon Sllow: This new [unreleased] Luda [song] slaps 🔥
2020/05/17, 01:45 – Bra Smoove: He made Weezy sound audible 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
2020/05/17, 01:48 – Jon Sllow: But this can’t touch “Last of a Dying Breed” 🙏🏽
2020/05/17, 01:48 – Bra Smoove: Ya look, that song is timeless

2020/05/17, 01:58 – Jon Sllow: 2-1
2020/05/17, 01:58 – Jon Sllow: RT
2020/05/17, 01:58 – Circus Recipe: Naw. We don’t count those Luda joints.
2020/05/17, 01:59 – Circus Recipe: Score is 1 – 1 now.

Luda Round 1
Nelly Round 2

They’re playing Round 3 now.

2020/05/17, 01:59 – Bra Smoove: “My Chick Bad” 🔥
2020/05/17, 01:59 – Jon Sllow: Was counting from “My Chick Bad”. Not the new new
2020/05/17, 02:00 – Circus Recipe: Naaaaw. “Pimp Juice” is the response to “My Chick Bad” and I think it wins.
2020/05/17, 02:00 – Circus Recipe: Nelly takes Round 3.
2020/05/17, 02:00 – Bra Smoove: Agreed
2020/05/17, 02:00 – Circus Recipe: 2 – 1 to Nelly.
2020/05/17, 02:00 – Jon Sllow: Alright maybe I’m counting wrong 🤣
2020/05/17, 02:01 – Jon Sllow: Fresh
2020/05/17, 02:01 – Circus Recipe: Why the nigga with the WiFi problem always the one doing too much!? 😭😭😭
2020/05/17, 02:02 – Jon Sllow: He done froze 🤦🏽‍♂️
2020/05/17, 02:02 – Bra Smoove: His WiFi is a hoe
2020/05/17, 02:04 – Circus Recipe: I promise you, there’s gonna be thinkpieces on how people were gathered celebrating misogyny on Verzuz… trust me. Before Monday! 🤭
2020/05/17, 02:07 – Bra Smoove: It’s true but…oho 🙄
2020/05/17, 02:09 – Circus Recipe: Who wins this round?

“Hoe” vs “Flap Ya’ Wings”?
2020/05/17, 02:09 – Bra Smoove: “Flap Ya Wings”
2020/05/17, 02:09 – Jon Sllow: “Hoe”
2020/05/17, 02:10 – Circus Recipe: Hmmm. Could go either way really.
2020/05/17, 02:10 – Circus Recipe: I hate draws though…
2020/05/17, 02:10 – Circus Recipe: Gonna give it to Luda.

So, 2 – 2.

2020/05/17, 02:11 – Circus Recipe: Round 4, let’s go!
2020/05/17, 02:12 – Jon Sllow: Man! A bit unpredictable. Circus, I keep referring to that list you posted.
2020/05/17, 02:12 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 02:13 – Circus Recipe: Yeah… only missed 1 track from each so far… other than that, they’ve played everything.

2020/05/17, 02:14 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥 Nelly!!
2020/05/17, 02:15 – Bra Smoove: Aye, must be the money 🔥
2020/05/17, 02:15 – Circus Recipe: This is tough guys… “Saturday (Oohh! Oohh!)” vs “Ride Wit’ Me”… 😬
2020/05/17, 02:15 – Circus Recipe: I give Nelly the edge.
2020/05/17, 02:16 – Circus Recipe: 3 – 2 to Nelly.

2020/05/17, 02:16 – Jon Sllow: Yeah! I’ve got a confession, till today I didn’t know he was even saying [aye, must be the money] 🤦🏽‍♂️🤣🤣
2020/05/17, 02:16 – Bra Smoove: What did you think he was saying? Ska wara jo, this is a safe space
2020/05/17, 02:17 – Jon Sllow: Xhjffjkkjjjfss to the body!! 🤣

2020/05/17, 02:17 – Bra Smoove: 😂😂😂😂

 

2020/05/17, 02:17 – Circus Recipe: “What’s Your Fantasy” sooooo fire!
2020/05/17, 02:19 – Jon Sllow: 😤 ok Nelly!!!
2020/05/17, 02:20 – Bra Smoove: Country Grammar > What’s Your Fantasy
2020/05/17, 02:20 – Circus Recipe: Yup! Nelly’s ahead.
2020/05/17, 02:21 – Circus Recipe: 3 – 2 to Nelly.
2020/05/17, 02:21 – Jon Sllow: What round we on?
2020/05/17, 02:21 – Circus Recipe: Round 5 now.
2020/05/17, 02:22 – Jon Sllow: Proper
2020/05/17, 02:22 – Circus Recipe: “Roll Out”
2020/05/17, 02:22 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 02:23 – Jon Sllow: That stank face on nelly 😤
2020/05/17, 02:26 – Bra Smoove: Nelly is having big fun
2020/05/17, 02:26 – Jon Sllow: Too much.
2020/05/17, 02:27 – Circus Recipe: [Porn star] Moriah Mills is heavy on the comments sections… 🤣🤣🤣
2020/05/17, 02:27 – Jon Sllow: 🤣🤣🤣
2020/05/17, 02:27 – Circus Recipe: “Roll Out (My Business)” vs “Body On Me”?

Which one wins?
2020/05/17, 02:28 – Jon Sllow: Roll out for me
2020/05/17, 02:29 – Circus Recipe: 3 – 3
2020/05/17, 02:30 – Bra Smoove: 👍🏾

2020/05/17, 02:31 – Circus Recipe: Nelly wins… “My Place” > “Splash Waterfalls”.
2020/05/17, 02:31 – Circus Recipe: 4 – 3 to Nelly.
2020/05/17, 02:31 – Jon Sllow: Alright alright gentlemen. It is getting hotter. Nelly taking this one
2020/05/17, 02:32 – Circus Recipe: Niggas lying on Nelly’s name on Twitter talking about Luda is winning by a landslide… where?????
2020/05/17, 02:33 – Bra Smoove: Akere some niggas only know Luda from Fast and Furious
2020/05/17, 02:33 – Circus Recipe: Also because he’s a better emcee they just automatically say he wins…
2020/05/17, 02:34 – Bra Smoove: Having bars is cool but for the purpose of this battle, we are looking for BANGERS
2020/05/17, 02:34 – Jon Sllow: RT.
2020/05/17, 02:35 – Circus Recipe: 4 – 3
2020/05/17, 02:35 – Jon Sllow: Yeah

2020/05/17, 02:35 – Circus Recipe: We are onto Round 7 now.
2020/05/17, 02:36 – Circus Recipe: A little too early for “Oh”… Luda on the ropes…
2020/05/17, 02:36 – Jon Sllow: It’s gonna get hot in here.
2020/05/17, 02:38 – Jon Sllow: “I go on and on and on and…”
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Bra Smoove: “Oh” vs “Nasty Girl”?
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Circus Recipe: Tough…
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Jon Sllow: Nasty girl
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Circus Recipe: Didn’t see Nelly playing this one…
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Jon Sllow: Same here
2020/05/17, 02:39 – Circus Recipe: But Imma give it to Luda. That verse is lightning in a bottle.
2020/05/17, 02:40 – Circus Recipe: Imma laugh if Luda plays his “Nasty Girl”. 🤭
2020/05/17, 02:40 – Jon Sllow: 🤣 that would be wild.
2020/05/17, 02:40 – Jon Sllow: But fun though

2020/05/17, 02:42 – Bra Smoove: BRAVEHEARTS!!!
2020/05/17, 02:43 – Circus Recipe: Luda wins!!!!!
2020/05/17, 02:45 – Circus Recipe: “Roc Tha Mic” soooooo tough!!!!!
2020/05/17, 02:46 – Circus Recipe: Man, this round is tough… I don’t like draws… 😭😭😭
2020/05/17, 02:46 – Circus Recipe: Who y’all got?

“Made You Look (Remix)” vs “Roc Tha Mic (Remix)”?
2020/05/17, 02:47 – Jon Sllow: Luda is very balanced. Bangers and bars
2020/05/17, 02:47 – Circus Recipe: They just played Round 9, right? We are getting into Round 10.
2020/05/17, 02:47 – Circus Recipe: 5 – 4 to Luda so far.
2020/05/17, 02:48 – Circus Recipe: LOL! Nelly losing this Round. That’s for sure.
2020/05/17, 02:49 – Bra Smoove: Luda is too sober for this shit
2020/05/17, 02:51 – Circus Recipe: Round 10.

6 – 4 to Luda.

2020/05/17, 02:51 – Bra Smoove: “L-O, L-O, dey know, dey know” 🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 02:52 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 02:55 – Bra Smoove: Jagged Edge still outchea?
2020/05/17, 02:55 – Circus Recipe: Luda can beat this. Easy.
2020/05/17, 02:58 – Bra Smoove: Yeah
2020/05/17, 02:58 – Circus Recipe: Yeah, Luda getting him the fuck outta here now.
2020/05/17, 02:58 – Circus Recipe: Round 11.

7 – 4 to Luda.

2020/05/17, 02:58 – Jon Sllow: Yoh! 🙆🏽‍♂️
2020/05/17, 03:02 – Circus Recipe: Only way Luda beating “Grillz” is with “Stand Up”
2020/05/17, 03:03 – Jon Sllow: Spot on brotha 🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 03:03 – Circus Recipe: Yup!
2020/05/17, 03:04 – Circus Recipe: Round 12: 8 – 4 to Luda.
2020/05/17, 03:06 – Jon Sllow: How do you put out this 🔥? 🥺🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 03:06 – Circus Recipe: He’s not beating it. Nope!
2020/05/17, 03:07 – Jon Sllow: “Move Bitch”?
2020/05/17, 03:07 – Circus Recipe: Maybe “Move Bitch” or “Area Codes”.
2020/05/17, 03:08 – Bra Smoove: Woke gang is waiting with baited breath
2020/05/17, 03:09 – Circus Recipe: Naaaaw. Nelly got this.
2020/05/17, 03:09 – Jon Sllow: Eish! Close but That was unbeatable
2020/05/17, 03:09 – Circus Recipe: Round 13: 8 – 5.

Luda still ahead though.

2020/05/17, 03:10 – Jon Sllow: Definitely
2020/05/17, 03:10 – Jon Sllow: Another 1 [Shake Ya Tailfeather] 2020/05/17, 03:10 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 03:11 – Circus Recipe: If Luda plays “Act A Fool”… he’ll lose. 😌
2020/05/17, 03:11 – Bra Smoove: The music video to “Shake Ya Tailfeather” influenced a young Bra Smoove
2020/05/17, 03:13 – Jon Sllow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 the verse
2020/05/17, 03:13 – Jon Sllow: 🥺🥺
2020/05/17, 03:13 – Jon Sllow: Luuuuuuuuuuuda 💪🏽
2020/05/17, 03:14 – Bra Smoove: And Luda plays the track that has been abused by DJs since 2010 [All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled] 2020/05/17, 03:14 – Circus Recipe: But I certain didn’t expect this from Luda though.
2020/05/17, 03:14 – Circus Recipe: With soooo many hits of his own?
2020/05/17, 03:14 – Circus Recipe: I don’t know fellas.
2020/05/17, 03:15 – Circus Recipe: I give this round to Nelly.
2020/05/17, 03:15 – Circus Recipe: 8 – 7

Round 14. Let’s go!
2020/05/17, 03:15 – Jon Sllow: It’s crazy though. Can you imagine how many times they have to flip their initial playlists?
2020/05/17, 03:16 – Circus Recipe: LOL! [Area Codes] The Analyst’s song. 🤭
2020/05/17, 03:18 – Circus Recipe: Luda for the win.
2020/05/17, 03:18 – Jon Sllow: The abominable hoeman 💪🏽
2020/05/17, 03:18 – Circus Recipe: I think this is Round 15.
2020/05/17, 03:21 – Bra Smoove: I’m glad you’re keeping count, I gave up a long time ago tbh

2020/05/17, 03:21 – Circus Recipe: Round 16. “E.I” is fire… but Luda can beat it
2020/05/17, 03:25 – Circus Recipe: I think “E.I.” wins.
2020/05/17, 03:25 – Circus Recipe: 9 – 8 to Luda.
2020/05/17, 03:27 – Circus Recipe: There Nelly go again picking wack shit.
2020/05/17, 03:28 – Circus Recipe: 🤦🏾‍♂️
2020/05/17, 03:28 – Bra Smoove: Nazo 😂
2020/05/17, 03:29 – Jon Sllow: “How Sllow can you go” 🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽
2020/05/17, 03:30 – Jon Sllow: Typo 🤣🤣
2020/05/17, 03:31 – Jon Sllow: Now it’s hot 🔥🔥
2020/05/17, 03:31 – Circus Recipe: What did Luda respond with? Before Nelly played “Hot In Herre”.
2020/05/17, 03:32 – Jon Sllow: “How Low”
2020/05/17, 03:34 – Jon Sllow: I feel “Dilemma” coming through.
2020/05/17, 03:35 – Circus Recipe: Round 19 now.

Luda won Round 17.

Is “Hot In Herre” beating “Move Bitch”?
2020/05/17, 03:36 – Bra Smoove: Aye this is tough
2020/05/17, 03:37 – Jon Sllow: Nope
2020/05/17, 03:38 – Jon Sllow: “Move Bitch” takes it.
2020/05/17, 03:38 – Circus Recipe: 11 – 8 to Luda.

2020/05/17, 03:38 – Circus Recipe: One more round to go?
2020/05/17, 03:39 – Jon Sllow: I think
2020/05/17, 03:40 – Jon Sllow: “Pimpin All Over The World” should be a good come back from this one.
2020/05/17, 03:43 – Jon Sllow: 🤯 even better
2020/05/17, 03:43 – Circus Recipe: “Lovers & Friends”
2020/05/17, 03:44 – Circus Recipe: However, I still give the dub to Nelly… “Dilemma” might not illicit the same feelings it did back then, now… but come on guys… this is probably the first ever viral song… let’s be honest.

“Dilemma” for the win!

2020/05/17, 03:44 – Circus Recipe: 11 – 9 my final score.
2020/05/17, 03:45 – Jon Sllow: 📠 big 📠
2020/05/17, 03:46 – Jon Sllow: They still going in.

2020/05/17, 03:57 – Bra Smoove: As the politicians say, this was a robust and engaging battle.
2020/05/17, 04:00 – Jon Sllow: It was a good one.
2020/05/17, 04:01 – Circus Recipe: It went how I expected. Luda won, but it wasn’t no landslide.

 

If you would like to relive the Ludacris vs Nelly Verzuz battle, check it out on YouTube after the jump

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