On Sunday night (Oct. 17th), Verzuz held what was easily its most iconic showdown between a pair of hip hop’s most legendary MCs in Big Daddy Kane and KRS One at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. For over two hours, both artists not only performed their greatest hits but put on one heck of a show which included top-notch crowd control, freestyling, and a bunch of special guests that included Roxanne Shante, Das EFX, Eric B, Nice & Smooth, Kool DJ Red Alert, and Rock Steady Crew’s Crazy Legs.
From the moment those of us in attendance walked inside Barclays, the vibe was immediately known—we were going to witness hip-hop in its purest form. The first performances on Sunday night came from the DJs. DJ Scratch, a three-time Grammy winner and who was Kane’s DJ for the Verzuz, hosted a resident DJ competition where the winner would not only receive one million dollars but the chance to become Verzuz’s in-house DJ for one year.
Once that concluded, Scratch rocked the crowd with a tribute to NYC’s hip-hop scene during the “Golden Age” of hip-hop. The Barclays crowd responded by getting on its feet, enthusiastically rapping and singing every lyric, and kept it that way the entire time. It was an energy that even propelled the legendary DJ Kid Capri’s performance when he joined Scratch on stage as he was set to spin for KRS.