Well, the rumors are true. Big Daddy Kane has confirmed he will face off with KRS-One in the next Verzuz battle. The event takes place on October 17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET in partnership with USA’s upcoming horror series, Chucky.
The Long Live The Kane legend shared the news in an Instagram post on Tuesday (October 5), writing, “It’s official! October 17th at Barclays Center. One time for the Culture!!!”
The official Verzuz Instagram account initially teased the matchup using silhouettes of the two Hip Hop icons, asking fans to predict who they’d booked for the Barclays Center event.
“WANNA PLAY?” the caption read. “We got a new VERZUZ on the way Sunday, October 17th, brought to you by the killer new series, #Chucky. Who do y’all think it is!? Drop your guesses in the comments below and we’ll pick an entry at random to get a pair of tix!”
But it turns out the “mystery” silhouettes were a little too good. Snoop Dogg was among the many who immediately guessed Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One. Kane’s “Smooth Operator” flattop haircut was a dead giveaway, while KRS-One’s Boogie Down Productions-era hat seemed to be just the clue fans needed.
Plus, Big Daddy Kane told HipHopDX in June the only opponent he’d consider actually battling was the legendary Kris Parker.
“If we can get it to happen with me and KRS-One, I would rather it be like a battle format,” he said. “If it’s going to be me and Rakim, then we might as well just do it with the music. You know what I mean? I don’t really see him as a battle rapper.
“I think it would be better to just do it with just the music, if it’s going to be me and him. But KRS is a battle rapper, so it’s going to be me and him. I think we should do the music for the fans but also do a few rounds of battle rap.”