Eve vs. Trina in ‘Verzuz’ Battle Was Black Girl Magic.The go-to industry move for decades has been to pit successful women against each other, especially in rap. Eve and Trina experienced that first-hand while coming up at the same time in the late ’90s and early 2000s. The iconic MCs got the last laugh tonight (June 16) by breaking through another glass ceiling together as the first-ever female rappers to battle in the Verzuz ring.
Queens have graced Verzuz before. Who could forget Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott for Mother’s Day 2020, or Brandy taking on Monica last August — before the Season 1 finale between soul goddesses Gladys Knight and Pattie LaBelle? Leading up to this, Season 2 also gave us Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole and, most recently, R&B girl group royalty SWV vs. Xscape. Eve and Trina picked up where Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who co-founded Verzuz to as the pandemic struck in March 2020, left off with their May 30 rematch and raised the bar for June 26’s clash between Bow Wow and Soulja Boy.