Verzuz has helped plenty of music fans get through the coronavirus pandemic, and given many artists the chance to connect with their fans — and with each other. The competition series was started by hip-hop superproducers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, and both of their net worths have seen an uptick since its inception.
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created ‘Verzuz’
Live music is one of the driving forces of the music industry, and when the pandemic broke out in early 2020, artists everywhere were forced to reevaluate how they can reach audiences with the power of technology.
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland stepped in to create Verzuz, a series that pits two artists or producers against each other as they go head-to-head to determine who has more hit songs in their discography. It’s more of a friendly competition than anything else, especially as the pandemic has forced everyone to think about their relationships with the people they know.
The first Verzuz battle was between Swizz Beatz and Timbaland themselves and has since gone on to feature icons such as Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle, and the late DMX.
Swizz Beatz’s net worth
Swizz Beatz’s first song he ever produced was for DMX, so having him come to the Verzuz stage was a full-circle moment. In the decades since then, Swizz Beatz has been one of the most prolific producers in hip-hop. He’s been behind songs by Jay-Z, Eve, and even his wife, Alicia Keys. He’s also a rapper himself and has released solo singles and albums in the past.
In addition to music, Swizz Beatz has branched off into other business ventures. He’s had sneaker collaborations and is an avid art collector and painter. In 2019, it was announced that he and Keys wanted to transform a property in upstate New York into a performing arts center and recording studio.
Swizz Beatz has quietly amassed an impressive personal fortune over the years, thanks to his work with some of the music industry’s biggest players. According to WealthyGorilla, his net worth is estimated to be $150 million in 2021.
Timbaland’s net worth
Just like Swizz Beatz, Timbaland has been a longtime hip-hop producer who eventually crossed over into rapper territory too. He first rose to prominence as the mastermind behind Missy Elliott’s biggest hits and soon became hip-hop’s hottest producer.
In more recent years, Timbaland has been able to take his talents to the TV screen. When FOX launched the hit series Empire starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Timbaland was brought on to write and produce the original music on the show.
Timbaland has done it all over the past two decades, and his net worth is reflective of his hard work: WealthyGorilla estimates him to be worth $85 million in 2021.