Blue0921 ENT, Apr 4, 2021
Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part I of a three part pancocojams series about the online Verzuz battle between the iconic Rhythm & Blues groups The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind, & Fire (EWF) which was live streamed ln Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021).
Part I of this pancocojams series showcases a YouTube video of that concert and presents some general comments from that video's discussion thread. These comments are about the concert, including the music and musical groups, different opinions about the conert's host the celebrity host Steve Harvey, and comments about the intermission D.J. D-Nice. .
Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/04/memories-of-isley-brothers-and-earth.html for Part II of this pancocojams series. That post presents some comments from the discussion thread of this YouTube video's discussion thread which focus on Black commenters' memories of The Isley Brothers and/or Earth, Wind, & Fire's music.
Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/04/why-r-singer-ron-isley-is-called-mr.html for Part III of this pancocojams series. That post presents an article excerpt abou why singer Ron Isley is called "Mr. Biggs" (also given as "Mr. Big"). Some comments and tweets about Ron Isley (aka "Mr. Biggs") are also included in that post..
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Thanks to The Isley Brothers and to Earth, Wind, & Fire for their musical legacies. Thanks to Verzuz for producing this concert, and thanks to all those who were associated with that concert including host Steve Harvey, and intermission D. J. D-Nice. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to Blue0921 ENT for presenting this condensed YouTube video of that four hour concert.
WARNING- Some comments from Steve Harvey, the celebrity host of this Verzuz battle include profanity and may be considered sexually suggestive and homophobic.
PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE
I haven't read all of the comments in this discussion thread. I'm aware that there are many more comments that I've read and that I haven't read that should be documented for historical and socio-cultural purposes.
All of these selected comments were published on April 5th 2021. These comments are given in relative chronological order with the "oldest" comments presented first except for replies. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.
No editorial notes are added to these comments.
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
1. Kelli White
"Love both groups! Thank you for your Awesome music!"
2. Chris Williams
"This is EPIC!!! we needed this"
3. Tonia Jones
"This was everything for me!!! This music has more than proven it is around to last. Sampled time and time again. Still relevant in so many ways.":
4. Carmen Jeanlouis
"Best verzuz so far, pure vibe, they both WINNNNNNNNNNNN"
5. My 2cents
"When you have legendary artists with SO MANY timeless hits, 5-6 decades deep in the music industry, it ain't no versuz, its a TRIBUTE!! I hope the remaining members enjoyed their flowers on this night. I damn sho did"
"I'm so sorry but I must ask, why is Steve there? I wanted to hear more from the groups. I couldn't even watch the whole thing. Ugh...let the people talk! Please take the hosting out! Can people not talk to each other anymore?"
"I wish Steve would have asked them more questions about themselves and the groups.
8. Richie C.
9. Maria Waugh-Clayton
"He missed some incredible moments to find out about the awesomeness of these bands by talking about himself which most people don't care about because he talks about himself ALL the time. We don't care anymore. Arrogant"
10. Cassandra Ravenell
"That was the plan and it scrapped cuz people on Instagram wanted them to sing the music.
11. Me'Brian Williams
"These are the songs that warm your soul and bring people together. Lord have mercy 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓"
12. Skip Pruitt
"This is a Masters class on how real music is done🏆🔥🏆🔥🏆🔥🏆🔥🏆🔥"
"All of this music is so timeless and beautiful!! Love this and imo they're both equally great and legendary groups! 😊❤
Peace and LOVE"
14. Andrea Brown
"People give these groups their flowers while they are here. When andcof they come to chicago I am getting tickets.. Ladies and Gentlemen this is black excellence black royalty ❤😘"
15. Tiffany Robinson
"OMG I didn't even know they had a versuz battle. This is NOT a battle. This is a family reunion. I grew up on this music. This is EPIC"
"Steve Harvey made this better for me because he represented a true fan ❤️👑👑👑👑👑👑"
17. MArie Livingston
"This verzuz MATCHUP was what I needed this holiday wkend. Yep! EWF was my all time favorite RnB group. Thx Maurice👍. Luv the Isleys too and Ron looking very zaddy like😏
Steve out here looking like an ole time P.I.M.P😂😂
18. Tiffany Massey
"Steve Harvey was talking way too much ...I kept skipping over his parts to here them sing and his ass would still be talking so annoying"
19. CC Crow
"People hating on Steve Harvey for no reason. The Isley Bros. and Earth wind and fire probably don't do the in-between fill-in-the-blank small talk"
"Music legends here. I grew up on both of these groups in the 70s and 80s and beyond. A few members missing on both sides but still good to see them both. R.I.P. Maurice White(E.W.F.) O'Kelly Isley and Marvin Isley"
21. Charles Weaver
"Every musician coming up in the 70s learned to play by sound to these two groups... real music...this is when singing was a requirement!!!!! Feel good music💗💗 two of my starting 5 groups"
22. Antajuan Banks
"This that Proud to be Black music ✊"
23. Keith Douglas
"Go ' head Phillip! Two awesome groups. Real music and real bands! Totally awesome. Chicago", should have been on here as well. Steve Harvey did a good hosting job. Thanks for posting!"
24. Robin Essence
"Two of the best 70's groups ever 👍🏾 Legendary grown folks music ❤"
"I had to share this, I didn't get to watch it live, but my god this was beautiful. Whatever BS is going on in your life, take a stop and listen to this. My heart feels warm and past memories are floating back. I feel blessed to witness this, just sad that Maurice isn't there. But I know his spirit is watching and he's singing too."
"LOVE that theyre actually SINGING! Thats what a versuz is supposed to be - a virtual quarantined concert."
27. Tonya Hill
"I love this grown&sexy and respectful verzuz"
28. Sylence Johnson
"Is it Harvey live Show ! or. ....sSh---it* i mean dude talk too much .... Sit Yo Ass Down ! and let them do they thang with All do respect Mr Harvey lot of love but i had to say this"
*This word is fully spelled out in this comment.
29. Ms Bell
"🤣🤣🤣,yes he did talk too much during this"
30. Jan Le
"Who told Steve that he needed to do a monologue? If they had D Nice, they didn't need Steve (Talks a lot) Harvey."
31. J TheGreat
"I ain’t mad at Steve Harvey at all! I know he’ll NEVER forget this night haha, us young people need to show respect to our elders and shut the hell up! If you listen maybe just maybe our dumbasses will learn something from our OGs"
"Have you ever spend a whole week or month eating fast food like McDonald’s, Popeyes, pizza, burger and fries and then that one Saturday or Sunday your Mother or grandmother makes a really good home cook meal that you’ve been longing for and after you eat it you feel really good 😌. That’s how I felt after watching this."
33. Dorothea Simmons
"2 different styles of music...excellence in both...PERIOD!"
34. Roselyn Burton Brown
I been dancing ... They fineeee as fineeee wineeee!!
Their game still strong!!!
Gwan D Nice big up yuh self!!!"
"Steve is a great story teller."
36. Shirley Arnold
"Steve needs to tone it down. Focus on the groups"
37. R Henderson
"They should've called this Steve Harvey's Storytime.😕"
38. Bianca McBride
"🔥 🔥 🔥🔥🔥Steve was the perfect host for these GOATS! This was untouchables!"
39. Kenny Crockett
"Both groups are hardcore funk legends, E W F had the percussion, Isleys had that Hendrix Funk groove"
40. Heidi Samples
"This was epic! So glad this was put together. Both bands are amazing and should be so proud of all of their accomplishments. #givethemtheirrosesnow 🌹"
"The two groups are epic but I’m giving D-Nice his props too. He did the damn thing during the intermission 🔥🔥🔥"
"Go head D-Nice!!!❤❤.. you jamming. Yasssssss..."
43. Monica Gomez
"I love how Steve says that this is a CELEBRATION of the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and the Isley brothers."
"I truly enjoyed the two fabulous groups!!!!! D-Nice also jammmmed!!! He was a perfect addition!!!! .......but Steve, NO!!!!!!! It was not his show!!!!! He truly annoyed me!!!!! Verzuz, y'all don't need a host!!! Let the artists do the talking and D-Nice play their songs!!!!!!!"
45. Jade Cruz
"This is so beautiful. Both of these groups have transcended decades with their catalogues and their music always sounds fresh and crisp especially in the summertime. The best verzuz thus far. I am glad to be an 80’s baby to have experienced this music thanks to my family on both sides."
46. Sarah Teekasingh
"Wow. Just Wow. Words cannot describe the feeling of what these legends are sending through their music. This is priceless. We are all so blessed to experience this."
47. Charlene Mahoney
"I'm Holleriiiiiiiiiing, Steve is Hilarious!!! This the Absolute Best Verzus Everrrr Two Iconic Groups"
48. K P
"This music is like a rebirth to my soul. Watching this tonight made me forget about all the troubles in the world"
49. David Wynn
"The great Ernie Isley schooling all guitarists."
50. Angela Nelson
"Steve is CORRECT, we need the whole SONG✨✨✨👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾✨✨✨👍🏾😁"
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