The event was going down at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium in front of a live audience.
The Midwest took on the South when legendary rap groups Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N- Harmony faced off in the latest Verzuz match-up. The heated showdown took place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, in front of a sold-out audience. Fat Joe played host yet again with a coin toss to determine who would go last, which Bone Thugs won — but before either crew could get a song off, the verbal assaults were already being thrown from each corner. Three 6 Mafia bust out the gate with their 2000 classic “Who Run It,” but Bone Thugs-N-Harmony responded the 1994 hit “No Surrender,” which got the crowd off their feet.
However, as things were beginning to pick up steam, a tense situation nearly derailed the whole Verzuz. The fight started after Bizzy Bone called out Three 6 for “mocking” him while they were performing. After some words were exchanged, Bizzy threw something towards the other group. It all went downhill from there. Following the scuffle, the livestream was paused and a sign reading “Due to technical difficulties this event will return monetarily” appeared.
Bone thugs-n-harmony making peace with Juicy J and Three 6 mafia after scuffle at Verzuz pic.twitter.com/jw7gCyoob0
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After a few minutes, the Verzuz battle resumed. Bizzy Bone also returned and apologized. The brief intermission led to an even more exciting second half, which saw appearances from several star guests. Chamillionaire arrived on stage to perform his Grammy Award-winning hit “Ridin’” with Krayzie Bone, and Three 6 Mafia matched that energy with a surprise appearance by Lil Wayne for his feature on Juicy J’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance.”
Before the crowd could gather themselves, Bone Thugs brought out Lil Jon and Satasha Williams for their respective tracks “I Don’t Give A” and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” But Three 6 Mafia turned the notch to another level by bringing out a slew of guests that propelled them ahead of Bone Thugs. Project Pat ran through his feature on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy hit “Knife Talk,” featuring 21 Savage, and his own hit “Chickenhead” — before Duke Deuce came out to tear the floor up with his slick dance moves to “Crunk Ain’t Dead.” Triple 6 kept their foot on the pedal by bringing out Wiz Khalifa (“Errday”), and Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG (“Stay Fly”) — but their last guest blew the top off the Hollywood Palladium.
That most unexpected guest came in the form of their movie star collaborator on Oscar-winning hit “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” Terrance Howard. The Hustle & Flow star arrived on stage with a smooth walk dressed in a velour outfit and a cream fedora, rapping his show-stealing verse on the record. The crowd erupted as Howard blazed through the song, rapping as if he was taking on the Cleveland, Ohio rap group by his lonesome.
The night came to a close when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony embraced Three 6 Mafia and asked them to do a joint performance of their timeless 1996 record “The Crossroads.” To bring the moment home, Bone Thugs and Triple 6 memorialized several late hip-hop figures, including Eazy-E, The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Nipsey Hussle, and the recently killed Young Dolph, on the giant screen behind them.
After the two groups stayed a few minutes longer to freestyle alongside Lil Flip and Young Buck, people were finally on their way home from yet another entertaining Verzuz battle.