The Atlanta rapper made the bold claim in a recent Clubhouse session, displaying Teflon confidence while discussing his chances against his Freshman classmates in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s popular battle series.
“None from that Freshman cover [could] beat me without Verzuz,” he declared. “None.”
Other people on the clubhouse call suggested that Lil Uzi and Kodak would provide tough competition for 21 Savage, but the Slaughter Band boss stuck to his belief that he would prevail for the win.
“So you could beat Lil Uzi?” asked one person, to which 21 replied without hesitation, “Hell yeah.”
21 Savage has certainly made a name for himself since appearing on the Freshman cover in June 2016. The British-born rapper has contributed to over 60 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including two No. 1 singles: the diamond-certified “Rockstar” featuring Post Malone and “Jimmy Cooks” with Drake.
He has also released four projects that have cracked the top five on the Billboard 200, including the chart I am > I was and Savage Mode II with Metro Boomin. He has two platinum albums under his belt with 2017’s Issa album and the 2018s I am > I was.
Despite 21 Savage’s confidence, Lil Uzi Vert and Kodak Black are no slouch when it comes to hits either. Baby Pluto has been pumping crowd favorites like 7x platinum “XO Tour Llif3”, “Money Longer” and “You Was Right” while performing on migos’ topped “Bad and Boujee”.
Yak’s catalog, meanwhile, includes the multi-platinum “Tunnel Vision,” “ZEZE” and “Lockjaw,” as well as “Super Gremlin,” one of 2022’s most enduring rap records.
21 Savage has yet to enter the Verzuz arena, but has been previously challenged by Foogiano. That Gucci Mane signee challenged 21 to a match after he called for city-versus-city contests, but was quickly beaten away.
“I swear I can beat Jacksonville alone, bruh,” 21 Savage boasted, before Foolio pointed out that rappers in the Florida city are just getting started. “You are,” added 21, “but I’ll beat you alone. Facts.”
21 Savage’s Verzuz claim comes days after the release of Her loss, his new joint album with Drake. The project has caused quite a stir thanks to Drizzy’s wave of subliminal disses, with Megan Thee stallion, Kanye West, Ice Spice, DRAM and even Serena Williams’ husband to be caught in the line of fire.
Drake’s poison pen seems to have only increased the effect of Her losswhich is is expected to sell between 335,000 and 350,000 album equivalent units in its first week, good enough for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200.