Monday 6 July, 2020

Technical issues mar anticipated Teddy Riley and Babyface IG clash

There will be a rematch of the Teddy Riley and Babyface clash following technical difficulties on Saturday night

There will be a rematch of the Teddy Riley and Babyface clash following technical difficulties on Saturday night

The highly-anticipated clash between legendary music producers Babyface and Teddy Riley ended prematurely Saturday night due to technical difficulties.

The clash, one of the biggest in the Timabland and Swizz Beatz Verzuz TV series on Instagram live started off with much hype but ended with a dud.

The main complaint among the over 400,000 viewers was the quality of Riley’s sound with many commenting on the live feed that there was an echo emanating whenever he played and feedback from his mic.

While Babyface, who recently recovered from COVID-19, was sitting alone in his studio, Riley came to battle with a hypeman, a band and studio filled with people.

After taking note of the complaints, Riley asked viewers to come back at 10:30 pm for a do-over but Babyface suggested they postpone the clash and do it another time as there were far too many technical difficulties.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you everyone for being there for us

A post shared by Kenny Edmonds (@babyface) on

The failed clash prompted many memes and comments from those who were tuned in including celebrities.

Toni Braxton, who recorded many of her hits with Babyface, had Twitter abuzz with her commentary.

"Are we really starting over? I’m sorry I gotta make dinner this is like watching old folks use Jitterbug phones," she said when Riley suggested they start over.

Riley likened the clash to a boxing match and apologised for the technical issues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Teddy Riley (@teddyriley1) on

Immediately following the clash, SwizzBeatz confirmed that there will be a rematch.

"Teddy Riley had too much going on with the sound and we had to call it," he said in a live conversation with Timbaland.

He stressed that less is more. 

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