The face-off between the two MCs — who helped define the genre with in the late 1980s and early 1990s — will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday (Oct. 17).
Kane, who rose to prominence in the ’80s as part of the Queens’ Juice Crew — which also featured Marley Marl — set himself apart from the pack with his double-time flow, signature high-top fade and casual cool style on early hits, including “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and “Smooth Operator.”
KRS-One blew up around the same time as Kane, but followed a different path to stardom, focusing on conscious lyrics and social commentary, first as part of the Boogie Down Productions crew alongside late DJ Scott La Rock and then as a solo act. With an in-your-face, rapid-fire attack, KRS pulled no punches on songs such as the squealing “Sound of Da Police,” BDP’s “My Philosophy” and “The Bridge Is Over.”
The Verzuz matchup between Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One takes place Sunday (Oct. 17) at 7 p.m. ET. For those unable to watch live from the Barclays Center, fans can catch the action on the Triller app, FITE TV or the Verzuz TV Instagram account.