Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz hits battle series has been more of a celebration of vintage rap artists and songs than a true head-to-head duel for the past year and a half. However, tonight’s showdown in Los Angeles between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Three 6 Mafia swiftly devolved into a physical altercation that threatened to delay the entire event.
Some trash talk between the two groups reportedly escalated when Bizzy Bone of the Bone Thugs took some of the slights personally (you can see a heated Instagram post he dropped earlier today below). When Juicy J instructed him to “shut the f*ck up,” Bizzy lost his cool and slung a water bottle at him, forcing the Memphis crew to rush to Bone’s side of the stage (if you look closely, even the DJs nearly got involved).
However, it appears that cooler heads prevailed, and the two groups were separated; Bizzy eventually returned to the stage and apologized, shaking Juicy J’s hand before the show continued.
The show is currently in full swing, with Three 6 Mafia bringing out strippers and offering attendees lap dances, while it appears that both crews are once again having a good time and proving that hip-hop in the 1990s was more than just New York and Los Angeles, with guests such as Lil Jon and Lil Wayne performing some of their more recent hits.