Following the unforgettable R&B Verzuz battle between the teenage crushes of many women, Ray J, Bobby Valentino, Pleasure P, Sammie, Omarion and Mario, the fire continues to burn.
The main battle between Omarion and Mario was for the books, as both beloved singers sang their biggest songs. Omarion performed songs like “O,” “Touch,” and “Ice Box,” while Mario delivered tunes like “Let Me Love You,” “Just A Friend,” and “Come With Me,” just to name a few.
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If you ask the streets of social media, Mario defeated Omarion in his Verzuz with his voice with studio quality, without mistakes. Some say that Omarion had it with choreographed dance skills and acting. During O’s songs, he seemed to have been experiencing a malfunction with his earpiece as he repeatedly explained and apologized to the crowd for any off-key notes. However, in true savagery, Black Twitter wouldn’t let that go. Reactions to Omarion’s voice flew left and right from fans and viewers who blamed his sound problems on his “lack of vocal ability” rather than technology.
Amid mixed reviews, Omarion’s on-and-off groupmates Raz-B, J-Boog and LIl’ Fizz found their way into the conversation, adding their pennies for thoughts.
It all started when the trio taunted Omarion for apparently losing the duel to Mario. In a lengthy post shared on Instagram, Omarion responded with a brief synopsis of his solo success compared to that of Raz-B, Lil Fizz, and J-Boog. The 37-year-old also claimed that his former “Boys 4 Life” was always “praying for my downfall.”
Beneath a post showing an “undisturbed” Omarion in a photo shoot, he wrote: “These are so much fun, I’m enjoying the creativity. If you are lucky enough to be in this business for 22 years, you understand that at some point you will experience failure. It comes with being an artist and making yourself vulnerable to the world.”
He added, “But for my 3 background dancers, I’m not surprised because they’ve always been like this, even while they were in the group. Praying for my doom. Well, keep praying because I’m overloaded and busy. In the meantime, they really have to get a job other than hating O. I hear UPS is hiring.”
The post blew up on social media and prompted members of the group to expose everything they ever felt about the onetime Maybach Music and Young Money Records signatory.
J-Boog first penned a now-deleted somber IG post that eventually spilled over into a full-fledged “book.” He wrote in a 10-post carousel: “This thing we call B2K was never Omarion’s show,” he began. “It was more like a circus and each guy brought a special attraction and collectively they were fun to watch. Looking at you just lets me know that you weren’t really paying attention to what Omarion was turning you into because without us around you it’s clear you can’t connect with him. You seem lost, almost like you’re looking for us to feed. You’re a pig of fame and that brought out the best in you.”
He added: “Fame is a hellish drug. I know that when we were together as a group you wanted to be the most famous, aka the most favorite… but that was not the case. Fizz and Boog were the favorites. And you couldn’t understand that because you sang all the theme songs (because of old school group design), but the guy who only talked on the track and in interviews (ME) and the other guy who rapped on our singles (FIZZ ) were getting more love than you… Chris Brown took your career and Bow Wow just took your tour.”
Raz-B added fuel to the fire by publishing a document that included information that apparently expelled Omarion from being a member of B2K. Raz wrote in an Instagram post: “@omarion you’ve been out of the group bruh it’s amazing how you think everyone fucks with you.”
Lastly, Lil’ Fizz took the opportunity to post a video of her son playing basketball with a caption detailing how she felt about the whole situation. “Sorry I’m late for @boogie_p & @razb_b2k POST & DELETE PARTY I was at my son’s basketball tournament all morning,” he wrote. “Shout out to my little #1 @air_killakam. But check it out, I’m not going to delete shit… for what? This fun and games shit, but if it’s Smoke, then it’s Smoke.”
He then listed who is considered and who is not. Fizz wrote, “I am who I am: 1.) A father; 2.) Entrepreneur; 3.) B2k member. What I’m not is Omelons backup dancer, shit I can’t dance like this nicca can’t sing! #HoldThatL #IshmaelOmelon.”
Hopefully the guys can reconcile and maybe reunite for another tour. For now, it seems that the dream of their biggest fans to see them on stage together will not be realized again.
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