MICHAEL JACKSON vs. PRINCE
Their ability to intertwine R&B, funk and pop, mesmerizing stage performances and top-of-the-charts records made them both musical juggernauts.
DR. DRE vs. TIMBALAND
These two giants have redefined the role of hip-hop producer. They both have influ- enced the musical landscape of rap, R&B and pop with walls of sounds that could include heavy bass and horns, funktified guitar licks and world music influences, making them modern-day versions of Quincy Jones.
LIL KIM vs. NICKI MINAJ
From multicolored hair to distinct rap flow, these female hip-hop divas took their generations by storm. In an exclusive male rappers’ club, Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are like the Hottentot Venus but with makeup and tattoos, using flesh, provocative lyrics and oven-baked sexuality to bring their noise front and center.
CHUCK BERRY v. LITTLE RICHARD
The debate on who contributed and influenced rock the most continues. Is it possible to give one person title of The King of Rock and Roll? Chuck Berry gave us some of the greatest storytelling ever, a guitar cornerstone for Jimi Hendrix and Prince, and his famous duck walk. Little Richard rubbed gospel next to “race music,” wooed and shouted like a church preacher on fire and even inspired Michael Jackson.
STEVIE WONDER vs. DONNY HATHAWAY
These two pianists, singers, composers and musical visionaries chaperoned the soulful sonnets of 1970s Black America.
DINAH WASHINGTON vs. SARAH VAUGHAN
The two greatest jazz singers ever? Arguably, yes. Voices that are as perfect and smooth as silk.
JAY-Z vs. NAS
Rivalries come with the rap game. During the 2000s, these New York icons had one of the most memorable feuds to date.