Sunday night’s Verzuz between Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) and The Isley Brothers was legendary. The four-hour music battle, hosted by Steve Harvey with D-Nice, was a culmination of living history, a giant family reunion and an ode to Black people.
EWF and The Isley Brothers combined have given Black people a century’s worth of iconic music.
The legendary groups took Black folks– old and young– down memory lane. And new schoolers even learned where many of rap’s finest samples originated.
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Black people from all over tuned in to the Battle Du Jour, and of course, fans on social media had plenty to say about the music, the host and the experience.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best commentary from social media of the night.
Steve Harvey’s enthusiasm and respect for EWF and The Isley Brothers were off the meters, and so were his stories. Twitter fans quickly grew weary of the mustached mack daddy’s anecdotes.
Godfrey’s impression of Steve Harvey is always spot on 😂😂😂 #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/ShgLEZrDml
— Hennifer Judson ✨ (@monaejjass) April 5, 2021
Y’all, my momma is so pissed about Steve Harvey hosting. Im screaming. Lmfaooo #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/O5b1rU1Ruc
— If Beale Street Had WAP (@sbestx_) April 5, 2021
*Steve Harvey between each record* #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/MCf1fLMxsl
— Pierce Simpson (@PierceSimpson) April 5, 2021
Me thinking about all the songs they could be playing while Steve Harvey is talking #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/NG7R0JuJOp
— Renée Graham 🏳️🌈 (@reneeygraham) April 5, 2021
There was also commentary on EWF’s Verdine White’s glorious mane.
Verdine White from Earth Wind and Fire been moisturized, talented and unbothered for over 5 decades now. A King #blackboyjoy #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/DFOhr93hua
— Massive Link Entertainment (@MassiveLinkEnt) April 5, 2021
I thought Verdine White was gonna give me some Easter Sunday spiral curls. He’s keeping it humble tonight, but don’t ever let the kids forget! #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/b79VwZhOe6
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) April 5, 2021
Listen, Verdine White is that bish. Fresh press, pearls, skinny pants and white blazer! Go awf. #verzuztv #Verzuz #verzuzbattle pic.twitter.com/s7H15xMDwO
— Dani Styles (@DineWithDani) April 5, 2021
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂RT @callmedollar: We all deserve loyalty like Verdine White has for Remy hair. #Verzuz
— SLATE 💕 (@XoXo_SLATE) April 5, 2021
Tweets over the two iconic groups’ catalogs and dance moves were also abundant and hilarious.
Baby, they still got it.
This shit killed ME #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/w8sK7kjTCX
— Dai ✨ BLING BLING BLING BITCHES IS MAD (@ThatsForAIITime) April 5, 2021
I’m telling my future child these were The Avengers #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/UhAGD2xNGI
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 5, 2021
Me hearing “Between The Sheets” #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/Cff5LjDptP
— Keka Araújo (@KAraujoNWT) April 5, 2021
This battle exudes Black Excellence. It goes to show how much of the past helped, influenced and shaped some of the best records in hip hop, in Movies, hell.. in Black Culture. Damn…. why am I tearing up?!?!? #verzuz pic.twitter.com/kMdJT7pFdS
— Adam Giovanni (@westindianjesus) April 5, 2021
Black People: BADEAAADEEEADEEADEAADEBADA BABABA
— Keka Araújo (@KAraujoNWT) April 5, 2021
Philip Bailey really went solo and had a duet with Phil Collins! #EasyLover
— Jessica Fyre 💫 (@TheJessieWoo) April 5, 2021
Ernie Isley just went off with this guitar! #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/OcrQlCCo86
— Brennan DuBose (@BrennanDuBose) April 5, 2021
And we would be remiss if we didn’t get into the original playa from the Himalayas– Ronald Isley, also known as Mr. Biggs. He served us luxury fur, a suit and a cane.
This man here will take yo Momma, Granny and yo girl with just 1 note !! Mr.Biggs that man you hear me!! #Verzuz pic.twitter.com/IfoK4rOIP3
— ~Alexandria~ “AstroPetty”💛🐝 (@DOPECHICKBEATS) April 5, 2021
Mr Biggs did what needed to be done #Verzuz #ronaldisley pic.twitter.com/iPt5NMDSco
— MsAngieB (@angieb1120) April 5, 2021
If “Girl, come over here let me look at cha” was a person!!! #MRBIGGS #Verzuz #RonIsley pic.twitter.com/ONCCkqwyY2
— Tamika Newhouse (@tamikanewhouse) April 5, 2021
Ron Isley will forever be the flyest and always so smooth with it.. 79 years old and still pushing..Mr. Biggs!! 🔥🙌🏾🔥 #Verzuz #verzuztv #RonaldIsley pic.twitter.com/DfjUUmwZIM
— StayGold 💫 (@BriyonnaSweet) April 5, 2021
All in all, this Verzuz was one for the history books.
And this tweet summed up the night for everyone.
black people are really elite.
Nobody make music like us. #Verzuz
— roc nation brunch (@kyreetyree) April 5, 2021