New York new jack swing trio SWV — which features Cheryl Gamble, Leanne Lyons and Tamara Johnson — were one of the most successful R&B vocal groups of the ’90s, with such hits as the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Weak.” Atlanta’s four-member Xscape — featuring Tameka “Tiny” Harris, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Kandi Burruss — were discovered by producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri, who signed them to his So So Def label, which released their debut, Hummin’ Comin’ At ‘Cha, in 1993, featuring the band’s signature hits “Understanding” and “Just Kickin’ It.”
The girl-group vocal-off follows the Easter weekend old-school match between The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire and an April 20 smoke-out between Redman and Method Man.
Co-created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz as a form of socially distanced entertainment in the midst of COVID-19, Verzuz is now in its second season. In recent months, we’ve seen D’Angelo & Friends, preceded by Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole, Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane, and E-40 vs. Too Short.
Speaking of Tim and Swizz, they made industry headlines in March when news broke that Verzuz had been acquired by the Triller Network, parent company of the Triller app. While Saturday night’s Verzuz will still be watchable on Instagram Live — as every battle has been since the start — fans can also check it out on Triller or with the FITE streaming app.
Are y’all ready for May 8th!? This is for the R&B queens 👸🏾👸🏾👸🏾🔥 SWV vs Xscape 💕💕💕💕
— VERZUZ (@verzuzonline) April 27, 2021