On February 24, 2017, a battle of epic proportions took place in an undisclosed location in NYC. Legendary producers and New York natives, Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze, came together for a beat-battle like no one has ever seen.
The event started as a small gathering being streamed live and hosted by Hot 97’s Ebro, but by the end of the almost three hour session, the room increasingly filled with people (which included Busta Rhymes and Alicia Keys.)
The two icons began by by chopping, scratching and mixing “Pump Me Up” and other old school classics before pulling out their own extensive catalogs of undeniable smashes. The battle became more live with every song played, every person that joined the room and every shit-talking comment that was made between the two men in the sport of friendly competition.
The vibe was crazy as the battle went on for over 2 1/2 hours, but a winner was ultimately decided when Swizz Beatz pulled out an unreleased track he did featuring heavy-hitters, Nas, Jay-Z, Jadakiss and DMX, called “The Bathsalts Song.” The priceless look on Busta Rhymes face said it all. Swizz Beatz was the “winner.”
In the end, Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze stated that they felt there was no winner. They shared this history-making moment for the culture. Neither of the two had been paid for their appearance or performance, there weren’t any fancy camera crews or tickets sold to fans. This was about hip-hop the movement, free for the public to enjoy. They also wanted to show that there was nothing but respect and admiration between the two, as they drove each other to be better, there was no violence or ill will, there was nothing but love in the room.
If you didn’t get a chance to see it, you can watch the full battle on YouTube here.
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