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DMX And Snoop Dogg’s ‘Verzuz’ May Be The First Time A Rap Battle Had Folks In Their Feels

This was one for the culture.

The increasingly iconic Verzuz series, which has helped make quarantine a bit less insufferable, brought us another dope battle on Wednesday night. It may have been one of the first times a rap battle had folks in their feels. 

Snoop Dogg and DMX switched things up when they came together in person for the battle rather than having separate setups as seen with previous Verzuz sessions. Folks couldn't help but celebrate the joy of seeing two Black men showcase their extensive catalogs of hit music while uplifting one another. 

The joy that was exuding from the studio was felt in the living rooms of Black people all over, and folks on social media captured their appreciation for the moment.

The two started off the session with a bevy of courtesies, like Snoop offering DMX chicken fingers and DMX gifting his fellow rapper with Now & Laters. With the two sitting next to their preferred juices, they then established the ground rules before Snoop asked the "X Gon' Give It To Ya" rapper to lead them in prayer. Prayer has become a staple of DMX performances in the second half of his career. 

The prayer was so powerful, Snoop had to sit his blunt down. 


Despite the acknowledgment of all that is holy, things turned slightly blasphemous as Snoop performed his 1992 hit with Dr. Dre "Deep Cover." 

The two-hour battle moved along with other classics like "Money, Power & Respect," "Drop It Like It's Hot," "P.I.M.P," "What's My Name," "Beautiful" and "How's It Goin' Down," among others. 

The session was filled with admiration and was heavy on vibes that screamed "Nah man, I'm tryna get like you."

Actress and comedian Yvonne Orji took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the battle and claim her membership to "the hood."

"I don't think you all understand how happy my soul is right now. Like, Dark Man X and Snoop just battled for two hours straight my G," Orji said. "'Where the hood, where the hood, where the hood at'— I was like the hood is right here. I'm right here. 'Where my dogs at?' I'm right here. I'm raising my hand."




Orji wasn't the only person in her feelings though. People on Twitter basked in all of the glory that came from the battle. 




While quarantine has certainly brought us some dope Verzuz battles, one person thought DMX vs. Snoop was the best one.


Other people couldn't help but point out how seamless the battle was. Artists in some of the previous battles had difficulties with their internet connection, causing disruptions to the flow, as Blavity previously reported.




Some people were happy to see DMX still alive and rapping despite his personal struggles with drugs and overcoming his childhood trauma.



And in the end, the true winner last night was the culture. 



Obviously there were a few hilarious tweets to come out of the battle, and we would be remiss if we didn't include them too.





Fans made it clear last night that the two rappers are deeply appreciated for their contributions to the music industry and that their music still gets us hype.


Watch the full battle below:

 

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