John Legend Praises 'Verzuz' Battles: 'It's Just Been Great for the Culture'

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John Legend appears during a photo session at The Bel Air Hotel on June 13, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

John Legend joined Ebro Darden on Apple Music on Thursday (July 2) to chat about his new album, Bigger Love, his musical legacy, the power of protesting and just how good all those recent Verzuz battles have been.

"Well, we love it because one, we can never watch the whole thing because kids and things are always going on, so I just drop in when I can," Legend, who took part in his own Verzuz showdown with Alicia Keys for Juneteenth, admitted. "But the energy has been so good around all of them."

"And what I love about them is they've really been teaching people about the history of our culture and the music," Legend said, "knowing particularly because so many producers and writers have been a part of it, not just front artists, lead artists, but people who have been behind the scenes, making tracks for people for years. It's good to see their whole body of work all in one setting, and give them the credit and the flowers that they're due, for the great work that they've done."

He continued: "When you see someone like Babyface, who was behind so many great, great songs, not just the ones that he fronted, but the ones he wrote for Whitney or Toni, or so many other artists, Boyz II Men, seeing him get his due respect and honor because of the great work he's done, it's just been great for the culture. And it's been entertaining. Even when things go wrong, it's been entertaining. It's just that good."

Watch him chat about Verzuz below, and listen to the full episode on-demand on Apple Music.


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