Last post about last night: Verzuz since the beginning has been about catalogue… meaning hits, not performances or bars. It was much more of a “playlist” battle, kind of like a game of “Aux God” live on IG.
This would put the Lox at a disadvantage in the old format (with no crowd) as The Dips collectively have more “mainstream” hits (maybe). The Lox knew this was the case, but they also knew that if they set the tone early and make it about bars, and performance, then they could essentially shift the tide in their favor.
They are and have always been 3 true emcees, Cut from the cloth of the greats, but largely relics of an era that no longer exists. The Dips represented the transition away from advanced lyricism into the era we find ourselves in today, where image/charisma/melody/hooks matter more than versus. Even though Cam, Juelz and Jimmy can rhyme, their catalogue got progressively less bar heavy, while the Lox stayed in their lane.
The way the Lox came out and shifted the focus to mixtape songs and just pure emcee energy was a brilliant strategy, and I gotta say.. as a lifelong bar spitter/bar enthusiast, it was nice to see Bars win for a change. Because bruh… it’s been… rough out here for the bar spitters lately. 😂… maybe this will set a trend moving forward, but even if it don’t, it was nice to revisit that era, if only for one night!
Article by: Joshua Gunn