April 18, 2020, 9pm Eastern was supposed to be the most anticipated battle of 2020. In one corner you had Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds who is one of the best singer/songwriters and record producers of all time. In the other corner you had Edward “Teddy” Riley who is also one of the best songwriters, record producers, and instrumentalist in the industry. He even created the New Jack swing genre.
This battle began around 9:15pm on Instalive with a little bit of small talk from the two legends and last minute set ups on Teddy’s end while Babyface patiently waited for the battle to begin. When it was go time, Babyface jokingly stated his seniority was the reason he should go 2nd. Teddy obliged him and came out the gate with “The Show” by Doug E. Fresh 😯🔥 what a way to start. Babyface came back with a smash “Two Occasions” by The Deele. I’m giving this round to Teddy because that beat alone is crazy! (Keep in mind I am rating these rounds based on my opinion)
Round 2 Teddy Riley played the classic “Groove Me” by his group Guy, I’m thinking, whew Face better come with it! And so he does! He hits him with “Don’t Be Cruel” by the Kang of R&B Bobby Brown (yes, I spelled that right lol, that’s what Bobby calls himself and I ain’t too mad at him). I’m sliding my vote to Babyface this round. I should mention these rounds weren’t going smoothly at all because Babyface was sitting peacefully in his studio practicing social distancing as he stated, just one man, headphones and a mic. Meanwhile, Teddy came with his whole band, dj, and hype man. This had all the potential of being great but there was an annoying echo and the sound quality was horrible on Teddy’s end. As the viewer numbers dwindled down from over 400k to less than 320k due to the technical difficulties they made it to round 3. Teddy pushed through with “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) by Hi-Five 🔥🔥this song was everything to me in the 90s. But, Babyface came back with some more fire “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown! 🔥🔥 this one was a tie for me. I dare not choose. As, we all tried to dance through the technical problems it only went downhill from there. Teddy and Babyface went back and forth trying to figure out where the issues were stemming from with a few, “Can you hear me, I can but, can you hear me” 🤦🏽♀️Teddy decided to do a quick sound check to see if the problem could be quickly fixed. Babyface seemed a little irritated but he waited while Teddy tweaked a few things. Long story short Teddy returned, the sound was good for a good 10 seconds then his sound went completely out! There was another intermission in which someone from Teddy’s crew announced they would need another 30 minutes to figure out what was going on (it was now 10:15pm). At this point Teddy was visibly upset with his crew because he’s a perfectionist and Babyface was pretty much over it as well lol. Two legends with legendary music but tonight was a epic fail. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz ( the originators of the Quarantine Versus battles) and Babyface and Teddy decided it was only fair to continue this battle at a later date so they could provide the type of epic battle we all expected. I must admit, along with a lot of other fans/supporters I was a little disappointed we didn’t get the experience of a lifetime like we’d hoped. But, social media did not disappoint lol at least we all got a good laugh out of the deal. See the ignorance below 🤣🤣