Opinion: OutKast and ATCQ ‘Verzuz’ Instagram Live Battle Would Be The Ultimate Match Up

by Raheem Karim

ATCQ and Outkast Verzuz

OutKast and ATCQ ‘Verzuz’ Instagram Live Battle Would Be The Ultimate Match Up Of Some Ot The Best Hip Hop Music Ever Recorded

The Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz beat battle series over the last month has captivated music heads from past and present. While live shows and festivals are shutdown by COVID-19. Verzuz takes it back to the early days of hip hop of DJ’s battling in the park. The format is simple, two prominent artists, producers, singers or songwriters pair up live on Instagram and compete to decide who has the better catalog. Viewers tune in and trash and score each round.

Hearing classics and bridging the gap between past and present great for hip hop music. There have been some intriguing battles so far between rappers T-Pain and Lil Jon, singers Teddy Riley and Babyface, and producers Scott Storch and Mannie Fresh, among others. The best one so far was Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, which gained over 700,000 viewers.

The battle I would like to hear is the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest and the legendary duo Outkast. ATCQ and Outkast albums have stood the test of time and have aged gracefully, and their messages, music are still palpable to the current Hip-Hop dialogue. Instead of gangsta rap or Crunk music, they were considered the alternative hip hop because of originality.


Speaking at Phife Dawg’s tribute service, Outkast’s Andre 3000 told the crowd that ATCQ was a major influence on the group, especially during their formative years. He also stated a collaboration album was in the works before Phife’s death.

ATCQ was known for their cohesive jazz elements, Afrocentrism, and Phife Dawgs metaphors. They created the some of the greatest albums in hip history.

Outkast showed the hip hop community that Southern rap was more than just booty shake music. They showcased lyrics and a message laying the foundation for other Southern lyrically gifted rappers. What separated them from there peers was there commentary on the environment, Southern Black life, or Rap music industry.

This match up would break the internet and the viewership would be astronomical. Could you imagine the catalog of Low End Theory vs. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. “Crumblin’ Erb” vs “We Got The Jazz”. Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest against the ATLiens by Outkast catalog. I could go on and on with so many classic hits.

One could only imagine wonder if this would happen. The comment section would be set on fire with real hip hop heads at each others throats. Verzuz would not be the same after this. So the question remains who would win?