After numerous postponements and technical issues, the highly-anticipated #VERZUZ battle between Teddy Riley and Babyface finally went down, and it didn’t disappoint.
The giants in the music industry were supposed to battle it out on Instagram Live earlier in the month but got its wig pushed back due to Babyface and his entire family catching the coronavirus. The battle was rescheduled for April 18, and everyone had their fresh 90’s inspired outfits ready to go for the big night.
Unfortunately, they were let down again due to Teddy Riley doing too damn much because he wanted to use his app to broadcast the event, and that messed with the sound. A frustrated Swizz Beatz and Timbaland instructed Teddy to shut the IG Live session down postponed it again, moving it Monday, April 20.
The third time turned out to be the charm thankfully with more than 3 million people tuning in to see Babyface and Teddy Riley battle it out musically.
The battle didn’t go off without some issues with Teddy experiencing some sound issues once again, but nothing on the level of Saturday night that forced the event to be stopped. Towards the end, both artists had trouble joining each other IG Live sessions, which turned out to be a problem on Instagram’s end Swizz revealed in an IG post.
In the end, fans enjoyed every minute of and even got some unheard Michael Jackson stories from Babyface as well finding out the singer/songwriter and producer was shady as hell.
It was another tremendous #VERZUZ event and only solidified how popular the brainchild of Swizz and Timbaland is. In fact, they are already on top of the game and launched official social media accounts for the #VERZUZ brand on both Twitter and Instagram.
Like Saturday, it also produced some hilarious Twitter commentary as well. You can peep the reactions to the epic Babyface #VERZUZ Teddy Riley showdown in the gallery below.
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Ok...no one is moving so we’re watching FROZEN 3?— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) April 21, 2020
If “This gonna f*ck em up” had a face: pic.twitter.com/ZLKYuCF8KS— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) April 21, 2020
Nia Riley just told her father on IG Live "Don't touch shit" 🤣 #VERZUZ— Simone Amelia Jordan (@SimoneAJordan) April 21, 2020
The most interesting thing about these #VERZUZ IG Live battles for me is seeing artists, songwriters and producers who have been releasing lackluster material be in the comments saying how much they miss that type of music. pic.twitter.com/NgHaVSf6U1— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) April 21, 2020
Why Babyface call Teddy out when he played that Janet Jackson song?— Denyce Gartrell (@denycegartrell) April 21, 2020
Face: “Oh, did you write that, produce it, or remix it?
Teddy Riley: Remixed it.
Babyface: Oh, I didn’t know we could do remixes. I don’t do remixes, maybe that’s why. #BabyfacevsTeddyRiley pic.twitter.com/viIhV13HPm
Babyface beat Covid-19 and Teddy Riley. #BabyfacevsTeddyRiley— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) April 21, 2020
The winner is us, y’all. US. #BabyfacevsTeddyRiley— Mattie James (@themattiejames) April 21, 2020
#BabyfacevsTeddyRiley— NigelDPresents (@NigelDPresents) April 21, 2020
Teddy: SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Remix)
Baby: Toni Braxton - Love Shoulda Brought You Home
Teddy: Keith Sweat - Make It Last Forever
Baby: Babyface - Soon As I Get Home
Oh we got a battle... pic.twitter.com/jzhocfl5RV