When it was announced that Jamaican dancehall generals, Beenie Man and Bounty Killa- arch rivals of the dancehall in the early nineties, would be going head to head in a sound clash setting again, the world began talking. As excitement built, many around the world began planning, some even getting their dancehall attire ready, donning heels, brightly coloured wigs and batty-rider shorts for the occasion. It would be epic and they knew it way in advance.
The entertainers came into their virtual set at 8pm, Beenie Man making his appearance first. As the viewership numbers grew, so too did social media posts informing friends via timelines that the clash was going down. Viewership on Verzuz’ Instagram LIVE platform quickly jumped from 200,000 to 400,000 and more. The set would undeniably be historic. When things got underway the LIVE viewership saw some of the biggest names in entertainment zoom in, taking in the authentic Jamaican flavour everybody knows and loves. From P Diddy, to DJ Khaled, Ashanti, JaRule, Rihanna, Buju Banton, Fat Joe, Eryhah Badu, Ludacris, actress Gabrielle Union and countless other superstars inclusive of Jamaica’s very own Popcaan and Spice, the audience in attendance at what was undeniably the most viewed VERZUZ battle to date, was star studded.
In the excitement, there was said to be a visit from a member of Jamaica’s Constabulary Force. Many had noticed that the entertainers, inclusive of the DJs on set and everyone else who’d been a part of the delivery of the show, had not been observing COVID-19 social distancing measures. Whether the officer had visited to enforce the rule or not, is unknown since Beenie Man- real name Moses Davis, quickly questioned the officer’s move, saying, “We have 500 thousand people watching us right now online. Do you want to be THAT guy?”