Nelly and Ludacris’ Verzuz: The most unforgettable moments


Update – Music Battle

Nelly and Ludacris

Another dangerously anticipated Verzuz battle dropped anchor on Saturday (May 16) with none other than two leading rap voices of the early 2000s: Ludacris and Nelly.

The clash of the two first peaked the internet’s nostalgic interests when Swizz Beatz and Timbaland announced the battle last Tuesday (May 12). The competition was stiff as fans struggled to decide who would come out on top between the St. Lunatics midwest slick twang spitter and the Disturbing Tha Peace bass-crusher.

Thus, the nearly half a million viewership lapped up every bit of the battle Nelly and Luda had to offer from their deep-fried, countrified classics of their 2000 debuts all the way through 2013. Here are some of the most memorable moments from Saturday’s iconic showdown of the south:

1. Black Twitter’s ‘Nelly Riley’ uproar

Harking back to Teddy Riley’s Verzuz battle complications, now notoriously recognized as the official trademark for livestream hiccups everywhere, fans held no bars on Nelly. He eventually resolved his WiFi connectivity issues, but not before Black Twitter added “Nelly Riley” to his list of Hollywood nicknames.

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2. Luda previewing an unreleased track with Lil Wayne

At one point, while waiting for Nelly’s WIFI to act right, Luda decided to debut a brand new song that he has with Lil Wayne, which Timbaland just so happened to produce. “The world crazy, n**gas pouring drinks like Cliff Huxtable/ I love R. Kelly, but around my daughters, I am not comfortable,” Luda said during the beginning of the unreleased track. “Racist people still drinking whatever’s in Rosanne’s bar.”

3. Luda and Nelly’s 2000 debut song match-up

Luda and Nelly’s breakout year materialized two of the culture’s most time-honored 2000 hits: “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Country Grammar.” While Nelly’s title track from his debut album of the same name helped him nab a diamond-certified project, Luda’s single flipped the culture on its head and was named as one of VH1’s Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.

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