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In the midst of her highly-anticipated Verzuz battle with Brandy, Monica surprised fans in virtual attendance by debuting a dreamy collaboration with fellow Atlanta native Lil Baby. The Neptunes-produced “Trenches” made its way onto streaming services Monday night (August 31) following the event inside Tyler Perry Studios.

Baby kicks off the tender tune by getting candid about a certain love interest in his life. “Love is what you make it/I’ll give you my heart if you promise that you won’t break it/Imma keep it real with everyone, it ain’t no faking/I was trying to give it to you, you was trying to take it,” the 25-year-old raps.

Monica takes the baton and sings about not falling for the same tricks she may have earlier in her life. “In a web of the world, I wish I could save you/Deep down you’re an angel, but street life, it trained you/Now listen to your girl/Don’t let the game keep playin’ you,” she sings.

Over 1.2 million fans tuned in to watch on Verzuz TV’s Instagram Live, as special guests such as Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris stopped by, who professed her love for the pair of R&B titans and urged people to get out and vote later this year. Ray J was even in the building cheering on Brandy backstage.

Before signing off, Brandy and Monica cleared the air and the “The Boy Is Mine” artists teased a possible reunion tour coming in the future.

Listen to “Trenches” below.

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