Fans Have a Lot to Say About Keyshia Cole and Ashanti's Upcoming Verzuz Battle

The R&B artists and previous collaborators are set to go hit-for-hit on Dec. 12. Fans have taken to social media to place their bets on the winner.

Cole and Ashanti

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Cole and Ashanti

It's happening: R&B legends Keyshia Cole and Ashanti will go hit-for-hit in the next Verzuz battle.

The showdown was announced on Friday afternoon, following months of teasers and growing speculation. Cole hinted at the battle in an Instagram post back in May when she shared a fan-made chart that compared her long list of hits to that of Ashanti's. Cole tagged the "Rock Wit U" songstress as well as Verzuz co-creators Swiss Beatz and Timbaland, whom she asked: "Is this accurate?"

Ashanti and Cole broke into the mainstream in the early aughts and went on to amass a slew of accolades as well as chart-topping records. Formerly the princess of Murder Inc. before steering into her own individual lane of artistry, Ashanti delivered classics like "Foolish," "Rain on Me," and "What's Luv?" with Fat Joe, as well as "Always on Time" and "Mesmerize" with Ja Rule. Cole's discography is just as impressive, including favorited classics like "Let It Go" with Missy Elliott and Lil Kim," "I Should Have Cheated," "Heaven Sent," and "Last Night" with Diddy. The two also worked together on the 2012 cut "Woman to Woman" of Cole's fifth studio album.

"It's a celebration," Cole said about the upcoming event, which marks the fourth battle between female artists. 

The Cole x Ashanti Verzuz will go down at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 12. Fans are now taking to Twitter to place their bets on the winner. And, to absolutely no one's surprise, there's a pretty even split between Team Cole and Team Ashanti. You can read some of the reactions to the announcement below.

Imagine thinking Ashanti can compete with Keyshia??? Is it crack?

— ً (@neuenegro) December 4, 2020

keyshia having ashanti for dinner

— YANA 🫀 (@otgyana) December 4, 2020

Keyshia Cole is going to win this on the strength of her first two albums alone. Ashanti might have bigger hits, but Keyshia’s discography is literally timeless, especially if you’re going through something emotionally.

— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) December 4, 2020

I am team Keyshia , but when Ashanti play that foolish, baby & rain on me this will be me .

— 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢 ♡ (@_Imdanita) December 4, 2020

Ashanti and Keyshia Cole are set to go head to head in the next #VERZUZ matchup Dec. 12 🔥

Who takes this?

— 247 Live Culture (@247LC) December 4, 2020

I want Ashanti to cause chaos and play Jennifer Lopez’s ‘I’m Real’ with her (Ashanti) original vocals in her VERZUZ battle.

— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) December 4, 2020

Keisha Cole and Ashanti...?

So we just really gonna murk Ashanti like that?? We really gonna do that to her? Do we not respect our early 2000’s queen?’s disrespectful how unfair this will be.

— Cindy Noir✨ (@thecindynoir) December 4, 2020

Does Ashanti get to count JLo’s hits in this #Verzuz or nah?

— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) December 4, 2020

Now when Ashanti brings out the JLO files what is Keyshia Cole gon return with?

— I Could’ve Just Sat On In With Massa (@WrittenByHanna) December 4, 2020

Ashanti fine ass got this for sure 💯

— Nishyp (@Nishyp03) December 4, 2020

Ashanti....& keyshia cole. 20 songs each……idk fam, I don’t know

— LifeofDeem (@lifeofdeem) December 4, 2020

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