T.I. claims that Busta Rhymes is too old to compete with him on Verzuz.
With Timbaland and Swizz Beatz gearing up for season 2 of their popular online show Verzuz, Busta Rhymes is challenging T.I. to compare catalogs on the show. Unfortunately for him, T.I. shut him down.
While on Instagram Live with Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes said,
“From one brother that loves you, to a brother that knows I love him. I’m begging you to step in the ring with me. I’ma bust your ass. We gon’ do it with grace, but I’ma bust T.I. I’ma bust your ass. Come on, T.I, let’s have fun. Let’s have fun T.I.”
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) October 21, 2020
Tip is apparently not feeling the matchup. “Busta Rhymes is one of the most phenomenal talents of our time, man,” he told his Instagram followers. “Muthafucka’s catalog is thick. Catalog is thick! It just ain’t the same. I can’t go back right now and play goddamn Pop Warner football … we can’t reach back there. Might as well call out Melle Mel … [it would be like] Brandy against Dionne Warwick.”
He continued, “I appreciate the consideration. I truly do, Busta. I appreciate your contributions to the culture. Got nothing but respect for you. I feel like me and Busta would be me calling out and saying ’21 Savage, I want to see me and you Verzuz!’” He also told Busta he should compete with Fat Joe instead.
T.I must have his years mixed up. Busta’s first album, The Coming, came out in 1996 while Tip’s first LP was released in 2001. 21 Savage did not start making music until the mid-2010s, a far bigger leap than T.I. and Busta.
Busta Rhymes is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming album ELE 2: The Wrath of God. Meanwhile, T.I. just released his newest album, The L.I.B.R.A., with features from John Legend, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Benny the Butcher, Jadakiss, Jeremih, Young Thug, and more.