The highly anticipated Instagram Live battle between DJ Premier and RZA went down on Saturday (April 11). As expected, the event drew thousands of people. By the two-minute mark, over 90,000 people had joined and the number continued to climb until RZA finally appeared about 12 minutes after the stream kicked off.
With approximately 170,000 people watching, the Wu-Tang Clan luminary struggled with some technical difficulties. To kill time, Preemo continued to shout out people as they joined. Drake, Eric B., Killer Mike, DJ Numark, Cut Chemist, Shaquille O’Neal, Black Thought, Questlove and Alchemist were just a sliver of artists who tuned in.
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SWIPE LEFT⬅️ @rza vs. @djpremier #VERZUZ PUT TOGETHER BY @therealswizzz @timbaland Saturday Night at 9pm EST On @djpremier INSTA LIVE!
Nas, De La Soul’s Pos, Joe Budden, Stretch Armstrong, Zane Lowe, Yo! MTV Raps icon Ed Lover, DJ Rhettmatic, Just Blaze, DJ Jazzy Jeff were also on deck to watch the historic IG Live event go down.
Both RZA and Preemo planned to swap about 20 different beats. RZA went first with GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and Premier fired back with JAY-Z’s “A Million & One Question.”
Check out Premier’s IG Live here.