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Babyface and Teddy Riley Return for ‘Song Battle’ Rematch on Instagram Live [VIDEO]

Babyface & Teddy Riley’s Verzuz Battle was A Fail … AGAIN!

Babyface - Teddy Riley

Babyface – Teddy Riley

After having major technical difficulties Saturday that caused them to postpone their song battle Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Teddy Riley returned to Instagram Live on Monday night for a virtual music session that attracted more than 500,000 viewers.

The singer-producers played their classics from the 1980s and 90s, and Babyface even performed a live rendition of “When Can I See You.”

Riley has produced hits for Mary. J. Blige, Blackstreet and Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Babyface has created hits for everyone from Whitney Houston to Madonna.

During the event, Babyface played hit tracks such as Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You,” Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk?,” and Bobby Brown’s “Everybody Little Step” while Riley played Hi-Face’s “I Like The Way,” Michael Jackson’s “Jam,” and Guy’s “I Like,” and much more.

The battle saw some big name celebs in attendance, including Michelle Obama, Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Anthony Anderson, Tyrese, Queen Latifah, Keyshia Cole, Skai Jackson, Rashida Jones, Pusha-T, Gabrielle Union, Diddy, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, and many more.

“Thanks for taking us back down memory lane Teddy and Babyface with your classic hits!,” Obama wrote in the comments section of the stream.

Check out video of the event 

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As reported by the New York Post, throughout the competition, Kenny and Teddy had nothing but praise for one another.

“You inspired me,” Riley told Babyface.

“We keep each other on our toes,” Babyface said.

Some would say Babyface won the song battle.

“There is no battle, you know who’s winning? Us. The culture,” singer Toni Braxton tweeted.

“There’s no reason to keep score. It’s impossible. Just two-step (or running man) and enjoy. These Black men gave us so much,” said April Reign.

If you want to revisit the songs that were played, you can check them out on Spotify below.

Dr. Dre called Teddy during the live steam and revealed that he and Diddy have discussed a potential battle but Dre is not sure he’s down with doing it (see Twitter video above).


Teddy Riley & Babyface

Teddy Riley & Babyface

Maybe it’s not supposed to happen. We’re referring to the highly anticipated R&B Battle between Teddy Riley and Babyface. After being postponed the first time, it was supposed to go down again last night, but again, it didn’t 

The first time it was supposed to happen, if you recall, it was put off because Babyface (and his family) was sick. He caught COVID-19 and wasn’t quite 100% for the first scheduled battle, so they called it off.

So, last night was supposed to be the night for the Instagram Live Verzuz Battle but, nah, once again it didn’t go down, reported TheYBF.

If you were one of the unlucky ones who tuned in for the action, you know the battle was supposed to kick off at 9pm, but by 10pm it still hadn’t started. A person from Teddy’s crew hopped on camera and told viewers to come back in 30 minutes while they worked out their technical difficulties.

For Babyface, 62, it was close to bedtime so he was basically over it and suggested the battle be postponed again to a later date:

“I think that it’s only right that we postpone this thing until another time when there aren’t any technical difficulties, and everybody can hear the music the way it needs to be heard,” he said.

Teddy Riley, 52, then posted a video to apologize for the audio issues while comparing the snafu to a boxing match:

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