Timbaland has questioned Swizz Beatz for criticizing Justin Timberlake during their Verzuz battle rematch.
Beatz and Timbaland, who are the co-founders of Verzuz had returned to the stage on Sunday night for a rematch. After the clash, Timbaland questioned Swizz Beatz for his criticism of Justin Timberlake.
The clash, which featured many of their classic songs, was a way to celebrate how far they’ve progressed not just in their career paths, but also with Verzuz.
During the Verzuz, Timbaland played Justin’s hit songs “Sexyback” and “Cry Me a River.” This prompted Swizz Beatz to call out Justin Timberlake for a Verzuz battle.
Swizz said, “He (Timberlake) gotta admit that he loves the Black culture and he gotta be on this stage…you took from the Black culture, you give to the Black culture! Come to Verzuz and be a part of the Black culture!”
Timbaland and Beatz later went on Instagram Live to discuss their Verzuz battle. During the live, Timbaland questioned Swizz Beatz for his criticism of the singer. Swizz Beatz took the opportunity to address his previous statements implying that Justin Timberlake stole from Black culture. Timbaland backed JT and told Beatz, “But uh…you did go a little hard on my brother JT, though,”
Swizz replied, “Look man, I had to go hard. You heard how them songs were sounding on that stage? It was like JT was in the building. I was like, Man!”
He added, “I don’t got no problem with JT, I don’t got no problem with nobody. We just having fun.”