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RZA vs DJ Premier: Watch Hip-Hop’s elite beat battle live [video]

Andile Sicetsha - 12.04.2020

It’s Godzilla vs King Kong tonight. The paperwork is in! Watch RZA take on DJ Premier in this epix beat battle.

Two of the greatest Hip-Hop producers, RZA and DJ Premier, are going head-to-head for the first time in history, in what promises to be the most epic battle of the catalogues.


Verzuz: The most epic beat battle is here

Knowing how much of a big deal this encounter is, fans will be keen to hear cuts from rap’s elite that were never packaged for public consumption. RZA, the sonic master of the Wu-Tang Clan and the bop, confirmed this in a conversation with Complex.

“I actually got some ODB stuff that nobody has. I wonder if I could play that shit. I guess there’s probably some legalities to this shit. A lot of things that I got to be conscious of. We got a call tomorrow [Friday]. In a boxing fight, they tell you the rules in the dressing room. So I guess they’ll get me in a dressing room, and they’ll tell me all the rules. No kicking in the nuts, protect yourself at all times, you know what I mean?” he cautiously teased.

More than a competitive sport, both icons are approaching this event as a celebration of Hip-Hop culture. RZA acknowledged DJ Premier as the elder beatsman, showing him great respect for the impact he has made in the genre.

“I watched him do so many things in hip-hop and work with so many great artists over the years, and he’s an icon,” RZA said.

Watch: How to live stream RZA vs DJ Premier.

This epic Verzuz beat battle brought you by Swizz Beats and Timberland takes place at 21:00 EST. If you are in South Africa, the event kicks off at 03:00 on Sunday 12 April.

The two producers broadcasted the event on their Instagram pages. We’ve obtained footage of the entire battle. You can watch it below: