Son. SON! What type of tomfoolery was Teddy Riley on Saturday night? Real talk, I can’t even put into words how disappointed I am in him. Like, his Instagram battle with Babyface was supposed to be one for the ages, man. But, instead, it turned into a classic example of doing too fucking much. Now, I’m fully aware of the fact that they’re supposed to run it back. However, I’d be lying if I said that I was still excited, fam. All in all, Riley ruined all of the momentum, bruh.
Ok, for those who missed it, Saturday night was supposed to be a party. Now, somehow, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland actually convinced Riley and Babyface to duke it out on social media. Anyway, after a couple of delays, mostly the fact that Babyface was recovering from the coronavirus, both parties were ready to rumble. Well, in actuality, only Babyface was ready for the smoke. Homie sat in his home studio with a mic and some headphones and watched Riley look like a fool for an hour and a half.
Son, for this battle, Riley had two mics, a keyboard, a DJ, a drummer, a hype man and 80 other motherfuckers in the room. On top of that, he had a livestream of the event going to teddyrileylive.com. All the while, nobody seemed to realize that EVERYTHING WAS ECHOING! Man, every word that he spoke and every record that he played echoed grotesquely. So, all of his classic songs were getting ruined by his own fucking setup.
The sad part is, even without the audio difficulties, Babyface was serving him, fam. I mean, let’s just look at what they played, bruh. Riley hit ’em with Doug E. Fresh‘s “The Show” and Babyface responded with a live version of The Deele‘s “Two Occasions.” Next, Riley played Guy‘s “Groove Me” and Babyface came back with Bobby Brown‘s “Don’t Be Cruel.” Now, I personally love “Groove Me” more, but I also understand that the general public will choose Bobby Brown over Guy. So, being objective, that’s two rounds for Babyface. Finally, Riley played Hi-Five‘s “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” and Babyface finished him with “Every Little Step.” With all of that being said, that’s basically three rounds to none for Babyface, son.
Now, keep in mind, during this entire exchange, Riley’s audio was echoing. Meaning, the audience couldn’t get into a groove with any of his shit, man. Anyway, after all of the shenanigans, both parties ended the Live and vowed to reschedule. As of right now, the battle is slated to happen again tonight. All I know is, Riley needs to just sit his ass somewhere with a pair of headphones and get to work. Leave all of the other bullshit at the door, fam. The way I see it, his catalog deserves MUCH better, bruh.
In the end, I’m just disappointed with how all of this went down, son. Coming into this, I felt like a lot of these youngins didn’t understand how classic Teddy Riley’s discography is. Ultimately, he didn’t do himself any favors with that shit-show, man. By and by, less is more, fam. Less is fucking more. In any case, we’ll see if he can get this shit right, bruh. Either way, Babyface was ready for the action, brethren. That is all. LC out.