Babyface and Teddy Riley's Beat Battle was a Preventable Disaster
Plagued by technical difficulties, the r&b vets called their bout early, making for one of Twitter's most memorable nights to date.
But with no apparent soundcheck or troubleshooting contingency in place, technical difficulties got the best of the battle. Plagued by warbled and double-backed audio, the match was called within an hour of its shaky start, with Riley's setup getting unmanageably glitchy. And just like that, the month-in-the-making duel collapsed on itself. It did, however, make for some supremely-entertaining Twitter banter, digging into the generational and technological frustrations of the modern r&b architects.
So instead of the highlights from a much-anticipated night of grown-folks-only r&b classics, all we have are the tweets. And, my god, are they glorious.
Comb through the reactions to Teddy Riley and Babyface's abbreviated beat battle below. Here's hoping the next round goes a little smoother (or, at the very least, has some technical support on hand.)
\u201cThis is the expression your Dad makes the first time he uses Facetime....\u201d— Dr. Jason Johnson (@Dr. Jason Johnson) 1587261633
\u201cThe hype man doesn\u2019t know how to fix audio? AND he doesn\u2019t have a mask on either? Teddy! What is going on!?\u201d— Toni Braxton (@Toni Braxton) 1587260815
\u201cYeah, y\u2019all out of pocket...\u201d— Double L must Rock The Bells (@Double L must Rock The Bells) 1587268466
\u201cWHO GOT THUGGER'S NUMBER? PUT HIM ON THE PHONE W/ TEDDY IMMEDIATELY.\u201d— Dee Phunk (@Dee Phunk) 1587259916
\u201cBabyface had time to beat COVID, do his skincare regimen, and learn how to work IG. What was Teddy doing? Coordinating fedoras.\u201d— Reggae Banana (@Reggae Banana) 1587264365
None— Dorothy H \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udded (@Dorothy H \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udded) 1587260657