When the latest Verzuz battle was announced on Sunday, the excitement over D’Angelo’s involvement quickly shifted to: “Wait. Who are these ‘Friends’ he’ll be up against?”
Setting aside the Ross & Rachel jokes, a few names kept popping up on Twitter as possible contenders for the D’Angelo vz. Friends battle, set for Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET from Harlem’s Apollo Theater. D’Angelo collaborators Raphael Saadiq and Questlove were brought up a lot on Twitter, as were neo-soul contemporaries like Maxwell or Erykah Badu. Some other names in the mix: Lauryn Hill, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton and even D’Angelo’s ex Angie Stone, with whom he shares one child and many musical collaborations.
Below, find some of the leading theories on Twitter, and make your voice heard by letting us know which Friend you think is most likely to pop up next Saturday at the Apollo.
fam D'Angelo vs who? bc thats a crazy ass matchup for whoever. Maxwell?
— rip assane (@caleb_catlin23) February 15, 2021
And Maxwell. Gotta have Max in there
— Goyard Rustin (@TribeCalledDex) February 15, 2021
I wonder who the friends are? Raphael Saadiq is my first guess…
— Francheska (@HeyFranHey) February 15, 2021
— Lonnie Norman (@Aquariuslonn) February 15, 2021
— ganthet (@g_eisley) February 15, 2021
The real question… is @MsLaurynHill going to accompany D’Angelo in doing Nothing Even Matters
— Bam Bam (@QueRatio) February 15, 2021
I wonder if Angie Stone will be one of the friends D’Angelo is bringing. pic.twitter.com/e6Cp5CAAcW
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) February 15, 2021