Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s Instagram Live battle got underway on Saturday (May 9) at 7 p.m. EST — but it wasn’t a battle at all.
Instead, it was more like two good friends simply playing their favorite cuts as over 700,000 people watched. Ms. Badu shared a bevy of classics — from “Appletree” and “Next Lifetime” off her 1997 seminal debut Baduizm to “Cleva” from 2000’s Mama’s Gun.
Scott, on the other hand, fired off singles such as “Can’t Wait” from 2015’s Woman and “Watching Me” from 2000’s Who Is Jill Scott?
However, the most mind-blowing moment came when both women shared their various iterations of The Roots’ “You Got Me.”
Unlike the RZA versus DJ Premier and Teddy Riley versus Babyface battles, the battle between the two neo-soul goddesses wasn’t marred by technical difficulties. Rather, Scott sipped a glass of red wine while Badu played Bruce Lee film clips in the background.
Queen Latifah, Ashanti, Ludacris, E-40, Fat Joe, Virgil Abloh, Missy Elliott, Pharoahe Monch, Nas and NBA legend Isaiah Thomas were a few of the many celebrities tuning in and thanking both women for their providing a “relaxing” environment — especially during a week when Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell and Little Richard both passed away.
Badu and Scott both became trending Twitter topics on Saturday night and most fans were struck by the laid back vibe of the entire event.
Check out the reactions below.
— Queen LaTitty (@AugustRusshh) May 10, 2020
— Tangi P. the Chubster Lover ⚜️🥰 (@Penelop_eee) May 9, 2020
This conversation between Jill & Erykah has cleared my skin and raised my credit score.
— Dorean Rose (@DoreanRose) May 9, 2020
Jill & Erykah’s Live Battle = Wedding
Teddy Riley vs Babyface Live Battle = Reception pic.twitter.com/8aYd8Vu2le
— 🌹✨R_Le’Rose🌹✨ (@r_lerose) May 10, 2020
Me during this Jill & Erykah battle. pic.twitter.com/egfQYnAjMu
— Terr Bear (@thunter86) May 10, 2020
Me, once the beat dropped for On & On
Tuned in to Jill & Erykah IG battle pic.twitter.com/BTzoByfq3y
— ɴɪᴋᴀ sᴛʏʟᴇs ✂️✨🇭🇹 (@NikaStyles__) May 9, 2020
I like how Jill & Erykah doing this. Bop after bop, sprinkled with some love pic.twitter.com/3Cc8KGIcGB
— D (@Littyhutton_) May 10, 2020
— M (@brownbarnes) May 10, 2020
Jill & Erykah kicking this off playing both versions of You Got Me is just perfect pic.twitter.com/iDQb0sWfjv
— Carl Thomas’ Turtleneck (@therealkj4) May 9, 2020
me, just listening to Jill & Erykah's conversation pic.twitter.com/ahoaYkavwP
— A Savage and a Sweetheart 💋 (@_savvyb) May 9, 2020
— Leftysbetta (@Leftysbetta) May 10, 2020
Watching Jill & Erykah right now and it’s just — pic.twitter.com/J98Ygdstny
— Maya (@cincodemaya21) May 9, 2020