It’s official! Big Daddy Kane to battle KRS-One in the next Verzuz


After Verzuz teased their next battle with silhouettes that fans quickly identified as Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One, it’s now confirmed. The two New York City hip hop icons will square off on October 17 at Barclays Center in NYC.

“One time for the Culture!!!” Kane wrote on Instagram with a poster for the event. “I hope you’re ready!!! This one is for Hip-Hop!!! Verzuz commented.

During the summer, the “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” rapper told HipHopDX that he wanted to go up against KRS, whose birth name is Kris Parker.

“KRS is a battle rapper, so it’s going to be me and him,” Kane said. “I think we should do the music for the fans but also do a few rounds of battle rap.

Kane is celebrating 35 years in hip hop after launching his career in 1986 as a member of The Juice Crew. He performed a tribute to his late friend, Biz Markie, on the BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night.

KRS-One also began his career in the ‘80s. He was a member of Boogie Down Productions, and began the Stop the Violence movement after his partner, Scott La Rock, was shot and killed in 1987. Tupac and Eminem are among the many rappers who praised him as one of their strongest influences.

Fat Joe and Ja Rule starred in the previous Verzuz, held on September 14 at Madison Square Garden in NYC, where Nelly, Ashanti, Jadakiss and Remy Ma were among the featured performers.

Tickets for the Big Daddy Kane/KRS-One battle are now on sale on the Barclays Center website. You can also watch on

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