Y’all, it finally happened. After a false start, technological issues, and just wayyy too much extraness, Babyface and Teddy Riley finally got it together and held their “Verzuz” battle on Monday night.
Now, the night was not without it’s own issues (Face could pin a comment and that took quite a bit of time), but they weren’t nearly as disastrous as the previous attempt that ended when Riley (and like 50-11 people) couldn’t get their audio right.
The night ended up being a few hours of epic songs and nostalgic moments that kept the audience, that got to 400k at one point, engaged. And while the songs were playing, folks on social media were still chattering — but first, a break down of the hits:
Hits Battle: Teddy Riley vs. Babyface Tracklist: pic.twitter.com/bpLtMc44Lp
— Shi (@ImALittleBitShi) April 21, 2020
And, while on paper, the battle was neck and neck, on Twitter it was all about Babyface — or shall we call him by his new nickname, ShadyFace.
BABYFACE: oh, ok… nice…
I didn’t know you did that track. Reminds me of the time I wrote that song in kindergarten during nap time. (Plays next track)
— Lenny S (@kodaklens) April 21, 2020
Why Babyface call Teddy out when he played that Janet Jackson song?
Face: “Oh, did you write that, produce it, or remix it?
Teddy Riley: Remixed it.
— Denyce Gartrell (@denycegartrell) April 21, 2020
Can’t wait to say “Oh we doing remixes?” in Babyface’s voice when I’m on set and an actor goes off script 😭
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 21, 2020
— Free (@Freemajik) April 21, 2020
— April (@ReignOfApril) April 21, 2020
Babyface edited his songs to show the best parts, mashed up a grand finale relevant to what we are going through right now, lit candles, had a couple Grammys in the background, and kept a guitar within arm’s reach as to not disrupt the flow, but add to the experience.
— Gary (@CatchGifUCan) April 21, 2020
But, all in all, we really Stan to legendary Kings!
Whatever happens with this battle, like we really got Babyface & Teddy Riley to play us their records from their homes.
We owe them, not the other way around 👑👑
— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@brandonjinx) April 21, 2020
Tonight’s live with Babyface and Teddy Riley was beautiful to witness. So much history and greatness amongst the both of them.💕💕 I love us.❤️ When Babyface pulled out that Tevin Campbell .. I lost it!!! 😂😂😂 #BabyfacevsTeddyRiley Black people have all of the infinity stones pic.twitter.com/vEtSoeKJzX
— JanetMichelle.com (@_JanetMichelle) April 21, 2020
THESE TWO BLACK KINGS BROKE IG! 👑 Despite the technical difficulties, the postponements, sound issues and “doing too much” *ahem Teddy*, this was a moment in legendary music history with these two legendary producers! Teddy Riley & Babyface both won! An epic battle! #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/SKS7K5ytVS
— DOC. #FNLradio #TDR (@mrdoc) April 21, 2020
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