Capping an already historic run of Verzuz hip-hop and R&B battles this year will be E-40 and Too $hort, as they're set to headline the final virtual celebration of the year this Saturday, Dec. 19, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Each hailing from the Bay Area, the two helped establish Oakland as a hotbed for trailblazing rap sounds and talent. Too $hort, now 54, found his wave in the early 1990s and has enjoyed a long and prolific career, dropping his best-known hit "Blow the Whistle" years later in 2006. All told, he has 21 studio albums to his name.
In the case of the smooth-talking, speed-rapping E-40, now 53, he released his first album, 'In A Major Way,' in 1995 and has had some impressive staying power, appearing on iconic 21st-century jams from Lil Jon's "Snap Yo Fingers" to Big Sean's "I Don't F**k With You." He has a whopping 26 albums under his belt.
Another way E-40 has maintained a steady profile in pop culture is through his enthusiasm for his hometown NBA squad, the Golden State Warriors. He even designed his own Bleacher Report x Mitchell & Ness jersey.
"Y'all know we had to do a BIG holiday party!" Verzuz's official Instagram page posted alongside a flyer for the "Legends Of The Bay" party.
Furthering the hype, fans could be treated to a collab project between not only Too $hort and E-40 but two other West Coast legends: Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. Too $hort mentioned in a recent Breakfast Club interview that the new "LLC," not to be mistaken for a supergroup, stumbled into having "25 songs" together.
"If you wanna call us something, just call us Snoop, Cube, 40, and Short," Too $hort said near the 23-minute mark. "We jumping on these calls talking 'bout: 'I got a beat. Rap on this beat. Send me a beat.' We was f*****g around, just sending beats to each other and it ended up being 25 f*****g songs. We was like, 'This shit sound good.' So we kept doing it."
Prior to this announcement, Ashanti and Keyshia Cole were supposed to connect on Dec. 12. But fans were disappointed to hear the event was postponed at the last minute after Ashanti caught COVID-19 during a trip to Kenya.
It's been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9.