Monica opens up about making amends with fellow R&B singer, Brandy after several decades: “Hopefully, we can help some of the younger artists avoid doing the same thing.”
Monica and Brandy collaborated in the 1998 hit song “The Boy Is Mine” which had the two artists fighting over the attention of a boy in the music video.
However, their on-screen feud turned into a real-life misunderstanding, causing them to drift apart for decades. Over 20 years later, the two R&B singers go face-to-face as they battle it out in “Verzuz.”
HOPING TO END THE FEUD
“It was not something that I would say was anyone’s fault. We all added to it, and after a while it became real,”
Today, they are much older and more mature and they outgrew interest in adding fuel to the fire. Monica added that she is against “the idea of our issues overshadowing how great of a song it really was and how much of a blessing it was for both of us to be a part of it.”
WHAT WENT DOWN
The two singers utilized the “Verzuz” battle to talk things out and perhaps share their experience with younger artists in the industry.
Timbaland and Swizz Beats started the online rap battle in partnership with Apple Music and scouted for possible artists to go against each other.
Monica hopes that others can avoid making the same mistakes and realize that collaborating can produce more and better.
Producer Dallas Austin once revealed that the girls’ feud became physical with Monica punching Brandy in the face backstage.
Monica was still getting to know herself in those days and really did not like Brandy, which is why their feud came as no surprise.
However, their song “The Boy Is Mine” became a success that reached the number one pop hit in the US and spent 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Previously, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz went head-to-head in a friendly rap battle on Verzuz, following the face-off between T-Pain and Lil Jon, DMX and Snoop Dogg, and Fabolous and Jadakiss.
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz started the online rap battle in partnership with Apple Music and scouted for possible artists to go against each other.
Rick Ross at Wale's "Shine" listening event at Genius Event Space on April 26, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Among the suggested names were Missy Elliott, Juicy J, Nas, SWV, and Xscape. The online battle allows many in quarantine to be entertained and brings positivity amid the pandemic.