During last night’s highly anticipated Verzuz between The LOX and The Diplomats at Madison Square Garden, fans watching online quickly crowned Jadakiss the runaway star of the event. From the jump, his relentless needling of his ostensible opponents — from their gear to their performance over vocal tracks — tickled fans’ funny bones, while his own performances recalled his longtime dominance of New York radio and his elite tier rhyme skills. Fans also noted how he’d similarly stolen the show at his prior Verzuz event where he made several meme-worthy moments alongside fellow 2000s New York rap star Fabolous.
jadakiss went through two different #verzuz and ran each one, solo and with a crew. it’s proper time we rewrite the books on how gotdamn special he is at this rapping/performing/entertainment thing.
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) August 4, 2021
Jadakiss out here collecting Verzuz stones like Thanos pic.twitter.com/qkuCnIXae1
— prettypersian__ (@prettypersian__) August 4, 2021
Among the responses were those calling Jadakiss the MVP, while still others admonished their fellow fans to appreciate the rapper more.
— DJ First Class™ 🏁 (@1DJFirstClass) August 4, 2021
I’m sorry but Jadakiss swept through Harlem like gentrification.#VERZUZ
— Drake’s Accent Coach🇧🇧🇬🇩 (@risingdemise) August 4, 2021
Jadakiss snatching Juelz Santana’s bandana off was the nail in the coffin pic.twitter.com/EkG1QXtuzd
— Zoe 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@YourFavoriteZoe) August 4, 2021
Even Tyler the Creator was seen in the comments on the stream expressing his “crush” on Jadakiss for having “crazy” confidence and aging well.
— esta t baby, please say the baby. (@estatbaby) August 4, 2021
jadakiss mvp wow
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 4, 2021
Some were even quick to remind others that Jadakiss put out a new album last year, recommending that those impressed by his performance take a listen.
Jada dropped this last year, he still goin hard https://t.co/cgUvME14uY
— Wongisimo (@whereswongo) August 4, 2021
Now is a good time to listen to Jadakiss’ last album Ignatius if you haven’t already. My son ain’t miss a step
— bougie badazz (@murdamamitianni) August 4, 2021
The overwhelming sentiment was one of appreciation for the 20+ year rap veteran, who lived up to his “top 5 dead or alive” reputation for at least one night. Check out more reactions from fans below.
I will never in my motherfuckin life doubt Jadakiss again. In anything. Ever.
— Frozen Water (@OfficiallyIce) August 4, 2021
Jadakiss smoked Fab and Dipset by himself… Now ya’ll understand why Kiss is Top 5 dead or alive. 🏆 #Verzuz
— Rob Hodge (@RobHodge_) August 4, 2021
— No Relation, Esq. (@TheCosby) August 4, 2021
— The Notorious RPB (@realprinceblue) August 4, 2021
I don’t wanna hear that “the culture won” bullshit tonight! Jadakiss and the LOX won‼️
— I AM KIARA (@OriginalFox_) August 4, 2021
Jadakiss had a counter for everything. Juelz — and this was the biggest mistake of the night for him — said they didn’t have any songs for the ladies. Then Jada and Tech IMMEDIATELY went on like a five song run with crazy, big records. That included Mariah. Incredible lol.
— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) August 4, 2021