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21 Songs To Bump In Preparation For The Brandy & Monica Verzuz Battle

I'ma let y'all finish, but I know that Brandy and Monica are about to put down the greatest Verzuz battle of time.

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I'ma let y'all finish, but I know that Brandy and Monica are about to put down the greatest Verzuz battle of time. I said what I said, don't @ me.

Although this year has definitely thrown us some curveballs along the way, you've persevered, sis, and there's no better way to celebrate your hard work than by winding down with some of your favorite jams from the 99s and the 2000s live from Tyler Perry Studios on Aug. 31st.

Brandy and Monica, who both declined to participate in a battle initially, damn near broke the internet after confirming Monday's festivities, but we should've known better than to think that these two GOATs would let this quarantine pass without taking us on a stroll down memory lane and as our anticipation continues to build, we're more than sure that these two queens will break all of the digital records.

If you're tired of waiting and are ready to get all the way in the mood for the moment these R&B divas take the stage, scroll below for 21 jams you need to bump ASAP in preparation.

Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine 

Brandy - Baby 

Monica - Before You Walk Out Of My Life

Brandy - Have You Ever

Monica - Angel Of Mine 

Brandy - Almost Doesn't Count 

Monica - Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

Missing You - Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan [Set It Off Soundtrack] 

Monica - For You, I Will

Brandy - Sittin' Up in My Room

Monica - Why I Love You So Much 

Brandy - I Wanna Be Down 

Monica - So Gone 

Brandy - Full Moon 

Monica - U Should've Known Better 

Brandy - Right Here (Departed) 

Monica - A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)

Brandy - Top Of The World (feat. Mase) 

Monica- Everytime Tha Beat Drop

Brandy - Talk About Our Love (feat. Kanye West) 

Monica - Love All Over Me

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