Many viewers were not pleased that the “Heaven Sent” singer did not offer an apology and seemed to be sporting a pretty lethargic attitude. Sadly both Ashanti and Keyshia Cole were more than fashionably late to make an appearance in front of the camera, leaving nearly 1 million viewers to adore bags of Doritos and bottles of Ciroc. Do not be on your phone while performing. Do a test from a private IG page hours before the live performance,” wrote one IG user. To us its just a live video, for them these they concerts and the set up was janky as hell on Keyshia end.”
Facebook Verzuz organizer Swizz Beatz addressed the situation publicly when he commented, “This is very disrespectful, cant lie man…”
After an hour of waiting, Ashanti appeared on camera and did a few numbers as she hyped up the crowd and held it down for the “Love” singer, yet, the battle didn’t commence until her arrival 15 minutes later. She was there on time. View this post on Instagram
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Others were more sympathetic and understanding of the situation, shedding light on the fact that most entertainers see the Verzuz battles as full-blown productions. After the numerous Covid delays that prevented the initial battle, the stage was finally set, with participants reverting to a home setup. On Keyshia’s defense, she didn’t wanna come out ‘cause her screen was blurry,” said Dj HI-C. Respect the fans, their time, etc. She was there, but she didn’t wanna come out because the screen was blurry and stuff wasn’t right, you know. “It started out weird..Not to say nothin about Verzuz or anything like that. Cole’s personal disc jockey, DJ HI-C, was speaking to the crew at 97.9 The Box when he explained that she was not actually late to her own home but stayed away from the camera because it was blurry. “Most real artist not performing if their sound messed up. We couldn’t hear [Ashanti’s] side, so it was a lot of technical stuff going on there.”
While Ashanti’s feed was quite pristine, Cole’s audio and video posed a problem for some, especially those viewing on Instagram. Here are a few rules you may want to consider for the artists moving forward with love. “I went back and watched it, they were BOTH mad disrespectful to the [Verzuz] audience. Sadly, during her Verzuz battle against Ashanti, fans received a slightly dejected KC, that’s at least until what she was sipping in her mug kicked in. We now know the real reason why Keyshia Cole was so late for her Verzuz battle with Ashanti. “On her end, her screen was blurry. The reveal has earned the wrath of some viewers, who have called on stricter measures from Verzuz organizers. It turns out her late entry and vibe may have been a result of technical difficulties. Diehearted fans of Keyshia Cole comprehend that along with her ability to tug on hearts via her soulful ballads and R&B joints, she also posses a pretty fun personality, which even things out. Don’t get up and walk off while the other artist is singing. Seeing we in a pandemic this is their shows so everything should be right before they perform. Don’t be LATE. I seen everything. Don’t throw shade.