Usher Won’t Battle on Verzuz Because Nobody ‘Would Want the Smoke’

American singer Usher Raymond IV performs during the Fashion Rocks China 2016 in Shanghai, China, 14 October 2016. — Photo by ChinaImages

Usher wants everyone to stop asking when he’ll do a Verzuz battle because he doubts another artist could match him hit for hit.

“I think if you ever came to my show, you would understand that I don’t even think a Verzuz could handle all of the songs that I have to be honest,” the singer recently told People magazine’s “People Every Day” podcast.

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Usher, 43, said he’s flattered fans want to see him sign up for the music battle series. But with his decades of hits, he thinks Usher Raymond is the only person who could battle Usher Raymond.

“It’s like, I could do it by myself. But I don’t wanna do that. That’s not the purpose of Verzuz, me versus me.” he said. “I’m a different animal, man. I’m cut from a way different cloth man. And when you put those songs on, I’m telling you, I don’t think anybody in the world would want smoke with them songs.”

The “Don’t Waste My Time” singer has been releasing hits since the 1990s. Over the years, he’s had nine #1 singles and 18 top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Among his #1 songs are “Nice & Slow” (1998), “U Remind Me” (2001), “U Got It Bad” (2001), “Confessions Part II” (2004), “My Boo” (2004), “Burn” (2004), “Yeah!” (2004), “Love In This Club” (2008),  and  “OMG” (2010).

The hitmaker currently has a residency in Las Vegas at Park MGM.