Hip-hop hall-of-famers Swizz Beats and Just Blaze went head-to-head in the studio on Friday night for an old-school style beats battle. The best part about it: the showdown was livestreamed on Swizz Beats’ Instagram for the whole world to see.
The legendary producers set up their equipment side by side and went track-for-track for hours, chefing up new beats on the fly and dropping classics from their stacked catalogs.
By the end of the night, the Instagram video received over 20,000 live views. Heads are divided as to who came out the winner. Swizz Beats hit a haymaker, playing a previously unreleased song (possibly titled “Bath Salts”) featuring New York icons Jay-Z, DMX, Nas and Jadakiss, but some argue Just Blaze mixed a more diverse and passionate set. Regardless, fans are calling the battle one of the most important hip-hop moments of the year.
Fans have already uploaded the entire 2-hour-40-minute battle to Youtube. It’s worth a watch: highlights include Just Blaze’s asthma attack and Busta Rhymes’s hype reactions. Check out the full video here: