‘Verzuz’: Here’s Why Brandy Couldn’t Sing the ‘Moesha’ Theme Song

by Jeremy Spirogis

Brandy and Monica’s long-awaited Verzuz battle was one for the historical past books. The two R&B divas got here collectively and met face-to-face for the primary time in almost a decade at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and ran by three hours of their largest hits whereas reminiscing on the previous.

Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz battle was a very long time coming

While Verzuz is positioned as a contest between two artists about who can “win” by having extra hits, it’s all in good enjoyable. Verzuz first began as a approach for artists to attach with one another and with their followers through social media because the COVID-19 pandemic saved all of them locked up at house.

Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz battle, nonetheless, had a special little bit of context that each different faceoff didn’t have. In the 1990s, Brandy and Monica have been R&B’s latest it ladies, every with their very own distinctive sound and profession trajectory. They got here collectively to create their smash single “The Boy is Mine” in 1998, which went on to promote thousands and thousands of copies and have become each singers’ first Billboard No. 1 hit.

“The Boy is Mine” was Brandy and Monica’s largest hit collectively, and it was additionally their largest level of competition. Both singers struggled for consideration and the highlight, and it will definitely got here to a head on the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards when Monica punched Brandy backstage.

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Brandy and Monica performed a few of their biggest hits

The nostalgia was actual from the start of Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz session. The two singers ran by so many picks from their catalog, beginning with their debut singles all the way in which up till the music they’ve not too long ago launched.

When Brandy dropped the remix of her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo, Latifah herself was chiming in within the feedback. In response, Monica performed her debut: 1995’s “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days).”

Brandy gave us hit after hit, together with classics like “Full Moon,” “Baby,” “Best Friend,” and “Sittin’ Up in My Room.” Monica didn’t maintain again both as she ran by songs like “So Gone,” “Like This and Like That,” “Angel of Mine,” and “For You I Will.”

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Brandy wasn’t allowed to play the ‘Moesha’ theme tune

Even although Brandy took us again to the ’90s together with her songs, there was one tune from that point that she couldn’t play within the battle for authorized causes: the theme tune of her beloved sitcom Moesha, now streaming on Netflix.

Parts of the Moesha theme tune have been combined in to the top of “Best Friend,” and Monica was prepared to observe Brandy flip the celebration with the tune. It was shortly minimize quick when Brandy mentioned she will be able to’t play the tune due to “business reasons.”

“Business is always in the way of something!” Monica regrets, to which Brandy replied “You trying to get sued on Verzuz?”

Monica then turns to the digicam to inform all of the followers watching that she tried to get Brandy to do the fan-favorite tune. “I was trying to get it for y’all and I was gonna sing it with her because it’s Mo and Mo,” Monica admits, “but business is business.”

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