During the VERZUZ battle between Nelly and Ludacris, internet difficulties unfortunately took a toll on the event as Nelly was unable to join on time and ultimately had to sign off early. While fans waited for Nelly to sort out his WiFi difficulties, Ludacris took no time in kicking off the highly-anticipated event, debuting a variety of new songs that he’s been working on.
However, the track that has everyone buzzing is “Silence of the Lambs,” a new track featuring Lil Wayne that was produced by Timbaland and included references to Bill Cosby, R. Kelly and Roseanne Barr.
“I love R. Kelly, but around my daughters I’m not comfortable,” Luda raps in the opening verse, after dropping a lyrical reference to “Bill Huxtable” and before declaring that racists are still drinking “from Roseanne’s bar.” Weezy comes in to tackle the second verse, and on the hook Ludacris shares that: “Rap brought me back to restore a little bit of balance…”
While the entire song is yet to premiere, many have criticized his choice of topic for this single. The lyrics, especially the questionable sentiment about Kelly, caused an uproar on social media.
The VERZUZ battle brought in over 300,000 viewers, many of which were clearly and understandably unpleased between Nelly’s blurry, pixelated dancing and Luda’s undoubtedly controversial contents of his new song. One can only hope that Ludacris will soon explain the reasoning behind his writing.
You can watch the full livestream here.