Since Swizz Beatz and Timbaland propelled the now-infamous Instagram “versus” battles, everyone has been coming up with their own version of who they would love to see battle. There have been songwriters versus (Ne-Yo & Johnta Austin, The-Dream & Sean Garrett), producer versus (Swizz Beatz & Timbaland, Boi-1da & Hit-boy, Mannie Fresh & Scott Storch) and even rapper/singer/songwriter/producer battles (T-pain & Lil Jon, Babyface & Teddy Riley). However, none of these would be more anticipated than these two battles: Monica vs. Brandy and Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac. Some of yall may be too young for this list so we added some playlist’s via Tidal to help ya out. Let’s dig in.
While there are arguably no other rappers who impacted 90’s Hip-Hop more than Biggie and Tupac, a battle between these two frenemies would be one for the history books. Biggie managed to have, along with the Bad Boy camp, hits on hits, and Tupac with Death Row Records created a sound and pushed west coast rap into the masses. Both artists have catalogs that have outlived their careers that were unfortunately cut short. So who’s the winner? The winner of this battle would ultimately come down to what geographic area you are from. Due to the East Coast, West Coast battle of the 90’s many radio DJs took sides and played music from their respective coasts. If you were raised on the East Coast, you’ll likely choose Biggie as the winner and if you are from the West Coast, you’ll likely pick Tupac. I think it is fair to say that this would be a definite tie.
The long media-fueled beef between Monica and Brandy started not long after their 1998 collab, “The Boy Is Mine,” which makes a versus battle all the more wanted. While these ladies on many different occasions have given into the feud or disputed it, there is no doubt that they are both gifted singers. So who would be the winner? Even though Brandy has had less number one hits than Monica, who has 3 Billboard number one hits (“The First Night,” “Angel of Mine,” and “The Boy Is Mine” with Brandy), while Brandy has 2 Billboard number ones (“The Boy Is Mine” and “Have You Ever”), I think we’ll have to give it to Brandy. Brandy’s career has become multifaceted (with music and acting) and although Monica has appeared in some acting roles in the 90s, Brandy arguably has a larger fan reach and base due to her screen appearances, thus making her the winner in pop culture.