The original date was December 12 but that got scrapped due to Ashanti testing positive for COVID-19. They were also supposed to be in the same room for the Verzuz. January 9 was the new date but that was postponed as well.
Finally, Ashanti and Cole got things going on the night of January 21 after fans waited anxiously for this Verzuz to happen.
Over 1.3 Million Viewers Tuned In For This Verzuz
Leading up to January 21, a lot of people on social media claimed that they weren’t interested in the Ashanti–Keyshia Cole Verzuz due to being disappointed about it being postponed twice. That didn’t appear to be the case at all as when Verzuz’s Instagram Live feed appeared, over 500,000 people started to tune in quickly.
As the battle was going on, it eventually reached 1.3 million viewers. In the comments section, people cited lyrics from Ashanti and Cole’s greatest hits.
Fans Debate Who Won Between Ashanti And Keyshia
Ashanti and Cole are two of the greatest R&B artists of all-time who made their marks in the 2000s. Some of their notable hits that were played on Thursday night were “Foolish,” and “Rock Wit U” by Ashanti and “Playa Cardz Right” featuring 2Pac and “Let It Go” featuring Lil Kim and Missy Elliot by Cole. They traded their classic records back and forth. As for social media, many believed that Ashanti won despite believing that Cole was the favorite heading into the battle.
Ashanti Revealed During Verzuz That She Almost Signed To Bad Boy Records
During the Verzuz, Ashanti also revealed some historical information regarding her career. She explained how she almost signed to Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records. She was 13-years-old at the time and added that she was able to meet the late Notorious B.I.G.
In addition to the Bad Boy news, Ashanti revealed that ended up signing to Murder inc due to her writing Jennifer Lopez‘s hit single, “I’m Real.” Murder Inc featured stars such as herself and Ja Rule in the early 2000s.
Cole Also Revealed How She Almost Signed To Death Row Records
Keyshia Cole grew up in the Bay Area and was able to meet plenty of legends growing up, including 2Pac. During the Verzuz with Ashanti, she also revealed that she almost signed to Death Row Records. At the time that 2Pac died though, she was 16-years-old. Death Row was one of the hottest record labels of the 1990s as it featured stars such as 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. One of its Co-Founders, Suge Knight, was also known for his aggressiveness and letting things get physical at Death Row’s studio.