Cannon was asked if there was anyone who could go up against Mariah Carey in a Verzuz battle.
He says R. Kelly is the only person that could’ve gone against Mariah Carey.
He also floated the idea of a Verzuz between Mariah and Janet Jackson.
But he still thinks that R. Kelly is the only worthy competitor.
Despite the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly, Cannon says that it doesn’t diminish his talent.
“The only person in this day and age that could’ve gone against Mariah Carey—because she writes of all her songs, she actually produces all of her songs, she puts the songs together and performs them at a high level—[is] R. Kelly. Mariah is a musician. I’m not impressed by people who can perform songs that it took 30 people to make with you. The greatest are the ones you can put somebody in a room by their damn self and they come back with a hit. On that level of diva, I would love to see, Mariah and Janet would be fire. But If we talking about matching talents—because Mariah is a writer and has written more hits than anybody—the only other person I can think of that has that ability was R. Kelly,”