Thursday, August 11, 2022

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz Reject TV Deals for Their Verzuz Battles

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz

*During a recent interview, music producer Timbaland revealed that major television networks have reached out to him and Swizz Beatz about their DJ battles on Instagram.

As noted by, through their streaming battle series entitled Verzuz, fans have watched the two musical icons host battles between T-Pain and Lil Jon, Ne-Yo and Johntá Austin, Rza vs DJ Premier and of course the big one: Teddy Riley and Babyface.  

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Swizz Beatz has noted that they started the series as a way to bring people together during the coronavirus quarantine.

“Me and Tim came together and said, ‘You know what? Let’s start Verzuz on Live and give the people some entertainment, give them some hope and also educate them. Because Verzuz is an educational celebration.”

Timbaland has made it clear, however, that he and Swizz Beats don’t plan on selling out to a major network anytime soon.

“Right now we just want to keep it for the culture because it’s so organic. We don’t want to bring [major networks] in right away. We just wanna keep it where people are entertained because we live in a world where 16 million people lost jobs. We don’t wanna get into all the politics of it, we wanna keep it natural.”

Are you tuning in to the online DJ battle series Verzuz? Sound off in the comments below. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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