Sorry folks, you’re going to have to put the outfit you had ready for the Teddy Riley #VERZUZ Babyface battle away one more time. Due to technical issues on Riley’s end, the highly-anticipated Instagram Live event got postponed…AGAIN.
All week long, Twitter was hyped to see these titans in the music industry throw up their plethora of hits against each other. The initial battle between the two legends got its wig pushed back after Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds revealed on his birthday (Apr.10) that he and his entire immediate family caught the coronavirus.
In the same breath, the “Soon As I Get Home” crooner revealed that he and his family had tested negative and were on the mend and accepted the challenge to battle Riley. Which now leads us today (Apr.18), which pretty much sums up the year 2020.
Right from the jump, Riley looked like he was doing way too much cause he had a whole setup with a team of people working on getting everything together. Usually, when these battles take place, it’s just the producers/writers in a studio playing their hits off a laptop but not Riley, he had to take it to another level. Once Babyface arrived, fashionably late might we add, 400,000 people were in the room watching, ready for the greatness that should have gone down.
Immediately viewers noticed Riley’s sound setup was awful, despite having all of that equipment in the room with him. We could barely hear any of the songs he played. They eventually paused the live to try and rectify the issue. They tried a second time, and things sounded a little bit better, but it still wasn’t perfect, leading to another stoppage, which would be the last.
Initially, Riley and his team of people told viewers to come back around 10:30 PM EST, and everything would be ready to go. Babyface had different plans and announced on his Instagram page that the event has been postponed again.
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland hopped on Instagram Live to talk about the situation, and Swizz didn’t bite his tongue, pointing out that Riley was doing too much.
Teddy Riley has taken two Ls already, and when this battle does happen, he might just take another one. Well, we didn’t get the epic moment we wanted, but at least Twitter came together and gave us jokes. You can peep them all in the gallery below.
Photo: Erika Goldring / Getty
Lionel Richie battling— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) April 18, 2020
Smokey Robinson over on Netscape Navigator if y’all want the link.
Teddy kept trying to blame it on Babyface and Face was like nah man I ain’t got no mics or no people in here, I’m social distancing 😭— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 19, 2020
Babyface when Teddy calls for a rematch pic.twitter.com/0BhYQkzDiN— New Sedition (@vinabean) April 19, 2020
Teddy Riley is ridiculous. Them dudes with the goatee with the line in the middle always be on some other shit. Them V for Vendatta face ass niggas stay wilding— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) April 19, 2020
Teddy got on live with a fedora & tracksuit and did exactly what a nigga wearing a fedora & tracksuit would do.— King’s Gauntlet (@iamkingchav) April 19, 2020
"Teddy, less is more. Tell ya team. Less is more...Face was in there by himself ready to go to war with greatness. All them people is doing too much. DTM. Doing too much. The hits was already made. All you got to do is project them. That's it."— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) April 19, 2020
PREACH THIS WORD KASSEEM DEAN!!!
Teddy would have had to see me had he charged us $10 for this. pic.twitter.com/oqBUh32nw5— Neiman Marcus Stan Account (@TheBrookeAsh) April 19, 2020
Everyone in the comments: "Teddy your sound!"— Barnacle Pancake Plattuh (@_ogkeish) April 19, 2020
"We hear an echo"
Teddy Riley needs to wipe his beard off and think about what he's done.— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) April 19, 2020
Babyface Reading All Swizz Text Saying Teddy Almost Ready To Start Over 😭 pic.twitter.com/OiaXdiDWwd— Lemon Pepper Lou (@ImHimothy) April 19, 2020
Teddy Riley after everyone left the live pic.twitter.com/tnafQq61rN— Skip Bae-Less (@kingloso__) April 19, 2020
500k people:— SB (@SBrown_) April 19, 2020
We can’t hear you Teddy.
Teddy Riley: pic.twitter.com/Dw3SqbwrAw
Babyface had time to beat COVID, do his skincare regimen, and learn how to work IG. What was Teddy doing? Coordinating fedoras.— #OluwatoyinSalau (@holadamilola) April 19, 2020
Who took the biggest L tonight?— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 19, 2020
Teddy Riley and his team of 40 or Tyrese "Throw in the tile" Gibson?
the new phrase for "doin' too much" is "teddy riley-ing"— Robin Thede (@robinthede) April 19, 2020
This is what Teddys side looked like pic.twitter.com/rIumnK1EYo— deLa$NP⚡️ (@zagawd) April 19, 2020