D’Angelo verzuz Maxwell would’ve been legendary.
D’Angelo made his Verzuz debut and it was the first of its kind. The singer did a solo performance with “friends” and fans can’t get over it.
The Neo-soul pioneer declared himself H.E.R’s biggest fan after they performed his Lauryn Hill-assisted single, “Nothing Even Matters.” Method Man and Redman also made guest appearances, and D’Angelo closed the show out with “Untitled (How Does It Feel).”
After the show, Swizz Beatz revealed that D’Angelo was supposed to face-off with Maxwell in the virtual musical celebration on Valentine’s Day. But that didn’t work out and the Black Messiah was still ready to come out of hiding.
“That didn’t work out…the fact that D’Angelo was still ready to go…and motivated, we had to celebrate him…no matter who was on stage with him,” Swizz said. “We had to celebrate that king because, as you can see, those songs that he played tonight, man, that’s real music and this is celebrational stage…and we couldn’t play around with him. We had to let him get his garden because he showed up and showed out.”
He continued: “That man pulled up to Verzuz three hours early. D’Angelo was the earliest in Verzuz history tonight. So, don’t get him showing up at the time he did (an hour after the show was scheduled to start) mixed up with the pre-show, which was by DJ Scratch.”
Watch Swizz Beatz make the revelation during an Instagram Livestream with Timbaland below:
Damn, Maxwell. pic.twitter.com/5K7lo4d6j4
— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) February 28, 2021