Dr. Dre almost stepped into the Verzuz ring.
Nearly a year ago, there was talk of the rap legend taking on Diddy in a highly-anticipated showdown.
However, nothing came to fruition and Swizz Beatz is now revealing why. During his appearance on “The Breakfast Club” this week, Swizz said that Dre had signed on to do Verzuz, but backed out at the last minute after hearing the audio issues that plagued Teddy Riley and Babyface’s battle.
Swizz Beatz reveals that Dr. Dre was about to announce his VERZUZ participation but got put off by the bad sound quality of Teddy Riley & Babyface event pic.twitter.com/duBeKOl9Ad
— Navjosh (@Navjosh) March 24, 2021
“When Dr. Dre wasn’t feeling the sound from Teddy Riley and Babyface, that hurt our heart,” Swizz said, according to HipHop-N-More. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ Dr. Dre was at the Teddy Riley one. But he was supposed to come at the end and announce that he was gon’ do Verzuz that night.”
But Dre ended up pulling the plug over production concerns. “He got on the phone, he was like, ‘Man, I can’t be a part of nothing that sound like that, my legacy is quality,'” added Swizz. “I was just like, ‘Oh, we just lost Dre’ … That one felt pretty crazy.”
While Dre may be sitting out, Verzuz has announced a new slate of matchups including The Isley Brothers vs. Earth, Wind & Fire (April 4), Redman vs. Method Man (April 20), and SWV vs. Xscape (May 8).
We got so much on the way and can’t wait to reveal the rest, but for now… #VERZUZ
💥 The Isley Brothers vs Earth, Wind & Fire
🔥 Redman vs Method Man
“How High” 4/20 Special
— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) March 21, 2021