Bobby Brown is an Icon, point, blank and period. Bobby has had a great career, from New Edition to his solo work. Bobby’s private life aside, his catalogue is legendary. Keith Sweat came fast and furious with” I want Her” back in 1987 when most of the people who were watching Verzuz weren’t even born. They started off low energy but after a few sips of Cîroc from Keith, both Bobby and Keith did some dances and sang background for one another.
Listen, Bobby needed more time to warm up his voice but after a while he did alright. Keith’s voice still sounded good. After what was supposed to be a 5-minute break, it was more like 15. Keith and Bobby both came out with more energy and Keith was being the comic relief in this Verzuz. Keith showcased the songs that he wrote, like, “Just got Paid” sung by the late Johnny Kemp and what some newer kids would know as one of NSYNC’s songs. Keith Sweat also wrote Guy’s hit “Let’s Chill” and Silk’s big hit “Freak Me Baby.” There are way more songs that Keith has written but they only could do 20 and Keith did all his hits from his Make it Last Forever album.
Bobby, regardless of his voice, looked good and pulled out a few dance moves that he was known for. In the first half he performed some vintage New Edition, like “Mr. Telephone Man”, “Girlfriend” from his first solo album, King of Stage and then he showcased his verse on the New Edition song, “Hit Me Off” from their reunion album, Home Again. In the second half, he did his song “Getaway” and his duet with Whitney Houston, “Something in Common”. Bobby also played a fan favorite from the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack, “On your Own”. Of course, Bobby played his hits off his 1988 album Don’t Be Cruel. The title song, “Roni”, “Every Little Step”, “My Prerogative” and “Rock Wit ‘Cha”.
All these Verzuz “battles” are for the culture. These artists get to show love and respect for one another and us, the fans, get to show them love and give them their flowers.
Timbaland and Swizz Beats really are giving the culture something to look forward to with these Verzuz battles and we get to humanize our legends and icons. The Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat Verzuz was entertaining, and it also exposed how much soul and R&B we are missing from today’s music.
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