It was supposed to be the battle of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland‘s Verzuz series: multi-time Grammy award winner and founder of New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley going up against 11-time Grammy award winner and arguably the greatest love song writer of all-time in Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Of course, there were a couple of hiccups along the way, including Babyface being diagnosed (and recovering) from COVID-19 but Saturday night was primetime, it was destined to be amazing. People got dressed up, poured themselves a good drink, set the mood and everything. It was set to be perfect. Did it turn out that way?
Well … not exactly.
As over 400,000 people tuned in across the world to check out the battle, Riley complained of sound issues, namely an echo between he and Babyface. Riley, at his soundstage with an entire crew and band, couldn’t help but notice too late that the audience of music and R&B royalty kept telling them, the echo was an issue on their end – not Babyface. At one point, Babyface went back to his Midwest roots with a little subtle shade. “It’s just me in here, by myself – you know, social distancing.”
The audience and commenters were agitated with all the pauses, including Tyrese who … well, tried to say “throw in the towel” but instead said:
The battle got six songs deep before at Teddy’s request, they restarted – with the same six songs before the sound issues returned and Babyface had enough. To the point where he had to get on Instagram and made a formal announcement:
Not long after, Teddy issued his own apology:
How did the fans react? Well – some of the best hilarity we’ve gotten through this entire quarantine period. Peep for all of the comedy below.
Oh Teddy: The Epic Babyface vs. Teddy Riley Battle Turned Into Technological Fails And Jokes was originally published on myhoustonmajic.com
Babyface is one gracious brother. There’s no way in hell I’d be that long on money *and* long on patience.— Phonte (@phontigallo) April 19, 2020
Teddy Riley’s Team: technically difficulties, see y’all in a half hour!— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 19, 2020
Are we really starting over? I’m sorry I gotta make dinner this is like watching old folks use Jitterbug phones pic.twitter.com/9Fjqm0xxwM— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) April 19, 2020
The funniest part about this is that Teddy looking around and he’s the reason it’s messed up. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/KR4kKh6ZcJ— Kevín (@KevOnStage) April 19, 2020
Babyface is in bed laughing right along with us. One of my fave parts is when Face was trying to get T.R. attention: "Teddy...Teddy...excuse me...Teddy...*dips off screen*"🤣🤣— Datwon Thomas (@Daydog) April 19, 2020
When Teddy Riley came out looking like this I knew we were in trouble 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/lR7vhttyTY— MaltLiquorPapi (@LowkeyBrilliant) April 19, 2020
“We’re having technical difficulties over here?” YA THINK?? And who’s baby is in the background? pic.twitter.com/03N3POyuXx— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) April 19, 2020
#1 Lesson from BabyFace vs Teddy Riley.— The Creator's Lawyer ® (@CreatorsLawyer) April 19, 2020
Give your audience what they asked for, not what you think they want.
We didn't want a hype man, live performance, drummer, pianist, and you looking great in your burgundy Teddy.
teddy vs. us looking at— shekindof (@ShekGlo) April 19, 2020
looking at teddy
his crew pic.twitter.com/Uy0XqGckTL
Somehow Toni Braxton won the Babyface/Teddy Riley battle— Danielle Evans (@daniellevalore) April 19, 2020