Last night, dreams came true for anyone who has ever fought with a friend at a sleepover over who got to sing which part during a bedroom hairbrush duet of “The Boy Is Mine.” Brandy and Monica came together for a record-breaking Verzuz battle. Brandy and Monica covered such hits as, “Baby,” “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “Missing You,” “So Gone,” “Almost Doesn’t Count,” and the self-restrained ho anthem, “The First Night.” But it wasn’t just a song battle over whose discography reigns supreme. For those who are less into the music and more into the drama, well – they covered that too. Except not in the way that some drama-lovers might have been hoping for. No microphones, sound mixers, chairs, or cameras were harmed in the making of this Verzuz battle, because Brandy and Monica have talked it out, and they’re in a better place.
For a generation of people, the Brandy vs. Monica feud is bigger than Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford. Me personally, I started on Team Brandy (due to receiving a Waiting to Exhale tape for my birthday), then made an abrupt switch to Team Monica after seeing the video for “Don’t Take It Personal” and deciding that I too could probably pull off a flannel shirt worn over a turtleneck (I could not).
The point here is, 41-year-old Brandy and 39-year-old Monica allegedly hated each other, which made it all the more exciting when they teamed up in 1998 to sing-fight over Mekhi Phifer in the aforementioned “The Boy Is Mine.” Many years later, Monica claimed that the alleged tension between the two of them was nothing more than “brilliant marketing,” and there was no boy that they were fighting over, and that the fans were the ones who were pushing the narrative that they hated each other. Monica swore that she loved everyone in the music industry, including Brandy. But then in 2017, we realized that maybe Monica hadn’t been telling the truth about Brandy when they started fighting on social media over who held the rights to mourn the late Whitney Houston. It made a whole lot of people think, yeah – they really don’t like each other.
But at this very moment, Brandy and Monica are playing nice. via Yahoo! News:
“I wanted to speak to you face to face,” Monica said. “The more we’re talked about, the more it came to be difficult, unnecessarily. And I really really am a straight shooter and I really do admire what you’ve done musically and what you’ve had to endure personally.”
Brandy returned the compliment, saying, “I have the utmost love and respect for you as well, for somebody to start at 12 years old…The longevity of your career, nobody [knows] what you’ve been through.”
And after the battle ended, they hugged it out. And they had reason to celebrate. Yahoo! News says that Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz battle, which was streamed online, broke 1 million concurrent views, and peaked at 1.2 million. That’s a new record for Verzuz views.
— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) September 1, 2020
Except some viewers did pick up hints of shade here and there, like the moments where Monica looked 100% over Brandy’s vocal theatrics.
LOOK AT MONICA 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/7glO6rLXCC
— Hi, I'm Jon (@MrJonCee) September 1, 2020
— Keepin It Vee (@KeepinItVee) September 1, 2020
Brandy : bring it in 🤗
— lizz3x_ (@Biglizz2) September 1, 2020
There was also a moment when Monica mentioned that she’s matured from her days of, “kickin’ in doors and smackin’ chicks,” which Brandy responded to by joking that she was one of said chicks. I’m sure Twitter got way too excited about the prospect of Brandy and Monica fighting. But the only aggression Monica should have been getting out last night was on that microphone. Half the time it felt like it wasn’t working! Almost like it was turned off or turned down on purpose. Wait a second…
— “ (@bloovline) September 1, 2020