Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz in Rap Hitmaker 'Verzuz' Battle: See Billboard's Scorecard & Winner For the Showdown

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Here's how Billboard scored the round-by-round showdown between the two veteran hitmakers -- with our winner for the entire event at the very bottom.
HIP-HOP Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz in Rap Hitmaker 'Verzuz' Battle: See Billboard's Scorecard & Winner For the Showdown

It felt like 15 years of hip-hop history in one night, as Rick Ross and 2 Chainz -- two of the most prolific star rappers of their generation, and collaborators with nearly every other big name in the genre -- squared off on the latest installment of Verzuz, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz' live video battle series.

With over 200,000 viewers tuning in over Instagram at the event's peak, and untold more watching over Apple Music, the two MCs traded hits, ad-libs and extremely genial barbs for two hours, as fans rapped along on Twitter and reminisced about a decade and a half of treasured hip-hop memories.

Both rappers came correct, but here's how Billboard scored the round-by-round showdown between the two veteran hitmakers -- with our winner for the entire event at the very bottom.

Round 1: Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" vs. 2 Chainz feat. Drake, "No Lie"

Rick Ross comes out swinging, leading off with one of his signature hits -- and one of the defining songs of all early-2010s hip-hop -- in the blazing Teflon Don classic "B.M.F." 2 Chainz responds with one of his own biggest in the Drake-featuring "No Lie," calling it the first record he got "a plaque" from. Respectable return fire, but this was Rozay's to lose.

WINNER: Rick Ross

Round 2: Rick Ross' "Hustlin" vs. 2 Chainz's "I'm Different"

Another core hit for Ross, taking it back to his Port of Miami debut album and breakthrough hit "Hustlin." Chainz breaks out the microphone for his response, bringing the energy along with the piano plinks of his Based on a T.R.U. Story single "I'm Different." Ross has the stronger song, but Chainz has the stronger performance.

WINNER: Tie

Round 3: Lil Wayne feat. Rick Ross' "John" vs. A$AP Rocky feat. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar's "F--kin' Problems"

"I'm not a star, I'm a hustler," Ross explains to intro his guest verse on Lil Wayne's Carter…
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