Brandy vs. Monica: Who's the better '90s R&B diva? | The Tylt
Brandy vs. Monica: Who's the better '90s R&B diva?
The drama resurfaced when a fan asked Brandy would she do the #SoGoneChallenge on Twitter where fans freestyle to Monica's 2003 hit "So Gone." But Brandy replied with a, "Child, Bye."
Monica was asked about the drama on daytime talk show, "The Real." She said:
“I’ll tell you on the real, I’m not bothered at all. Honestly, the old me and the new me are two different things. This journey of self-progression and self-love and empowerment that I’m on, I can’t go backward. I think that was just a test from God for me," Jezebel reported.
Monica went on to say she would work with Brandy again. The only Grammy either one has is with each other, after all!
But Brandy ain't having that! Her clapback came really quickly.
According to BET.com, Brandy responded in a series of Snapchats (with a filter).
“I have to stay so positive I can say what I really feel, because I have to be so positive! Back to normal! Had to get that little [wee noise] off my chest. I just felt so attacked. I’ve been erasing and deleting and starting over because these streets. Very, very lit,” she continues. “Is everything fine? Yes, everything is OK. I just know that my calling is higher. I will not take credit for that. That’s all God, period.”
But this is about the music! They've been beefing over the years, but the biggest hit of both of their careers is still "The Boy Is Mine." Brandy co-wrote the song with her producers after watching an episode of "The Jerry Springer Show," and was further inspired by the Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney hit "The Girl Is Mine." It was Brandy's idea to collaborate with Monica. The song remained #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks in 1998, and won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999. They did another duet in 2012, "It All Belongs to Me."
But they are also great apart. Monica scored two more #1 pop hits after her collaboration with Brandy: "The First Night" and "Angel of Mine." She even named her album "The Boy Is Mine." Brandy wasn't too happy about that. Monica is considered to have more range than Brandy, and a powerhouse, soulful voice that can span hip-hop, R&B and pop genres.
Brandy also released her sophomore album in 1998, including the hit "Have You Ever?," which became her second #1 pop hit in early 1999. Monica's voice might be a little stronger, and she had more hits in the 2000s, but Brandy was a pop culture phenomenon! She had a hit TV show "Moesha" (1996-2001), a few successful movies, and her idol/mentor was Whitney Houston. She was America's Black princess in the '90s.