Fans Get Nostalgic Ahead of Ludacris vs. Nelly Hit-For-Hit Battle

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 24: Rapper Nelly (L), actress Wanda Sykes and rapper Ludacris present the "Best Female Hip-Hop Artist" award on stage during the 3rd Annual BET Awards Show at the Kodak Theatre June 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ludacris and Nelly will headline the next Verzuz battle, leading many hip-hop fans to take a trip down memory lane. 😅

Erykah Badu and Jill Scott drew over 700,000 viewers, including Michelle Obama, to their historic Instagram Live battle on Saturday night. Just hours before, Verzuz co-founders Swizz Beats and Timbaland announced another monster showdown: Ludacris vs. Nelly.

Swizz and Timbaland teased the meeting, scheduled for next Saturday, April 16, during an IG Live chat. "Will the stadiums be full?" Swizz asked. Timbaland enthusiastically responded, "Full to the brim!"

"Ludacris vs. Nelly. Next Saturday. It's not a fucking game," Swizz later proclaimed.

Ludacris and Nelly are two of the most essential rappers from the early to mid-2000s, providing timeless hits from "What's Your Fantasy" and "Ride Wit Me" to "Move Bitch" and, of course, "Hot In Herre."

In addition to hitting their peak music popularity around the same time, both of these artists have had a somewhat similar career arc, transitioning into film and business post-rap.

Looking at all-time stats from Hip Hop By The Numbers, Luda and Nelly, who are from Atlanta and St. Louis respectively, are neck and neck across multiple charts. But Luda has outperformed in RIAA certifications, top 10 Hot 100 hits, No. 1 hits, as well as total number of weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart and Hot 100.

Though neither Luda or Nelly have posted about their upcoming battle, they both recently paid respect to the late music industry executive Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records. Viewers can likely expect some sort of tribute to Harrell during their face-off.

On the lighter side, excited fans couldn't help but poke fun at cultural staples from the 2000s, like the T-Mobile Sidekick and the trend of oversized jerseys and clothes. Scroll through some of the best throwbacks below.