Last night on Saturday April 18, 2019 the most anticipated ‘Verzuz’ Music Battle between songwriters/producers Babyface aka Kenneth Edmond and Teddy Riley ended early due to audio technical difficulties The ‘Verzuz’ Music Battle organized by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz quickly had over 400,000 people tuning in on Instagram to witness HISTORY. Unfortunately for viewers, the broadcast had to be postponed due to audio technical difficulties from Teddy Riley.
“Tonight, shit happens, man … I’m actually cool with stopping the event to make sure it go right …” Swizz told his followers. “A lot of people dressed up for tonight, a lot of people was in there for tonight, but we’re gonna put it back on—it’s going to be amazing. But we gotta respect those legends … I know when to call. We got to call it … Babyface put in too much work, Teddy put in too much, Babyface put in too much work.”
Teddy Riley sound and presentation had an echo causing folks in the comments asking for a restart.
The Instagram Live battle had celebs such as Dr. Dre , Jamie Fox, Toni Braxton, Adele , Diddy, Bobby Brown , Mariah Carey, Taraji Henson, Doug E. Fresh, Kevin Hart, Missy Elliott, Victor Cruz, Quavo, the Braxtons, and Charlamagne tha God all tuning in. Teddy Riley went first, playing “The Show,” the rap classic featuring Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick. Babyface then started his song selection with “Two Occasions” by The Deele .
Riley then played “Groove Me” and Hi-Five’s “I Like the Way,” while Babyface played Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Every Little Step.” The audio Technical difficulties continued through Teddy Rileys presentation and it was at that time after calling for a 30 minute break for the sound to be fix is when Babyface announced that the battle would be rescheduled.
Swizz & Timb talking about the Babyface vs Teddy Riley battle. Tonight has been memorable for all the wrong reasons. Everybody in Teddy’s room definitely getting fired. I just hope they come back swinging tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/DcwgRZfTc0
— WellTheTruthIs (@truth_well) April 19, 2020