Everything went according to plan Monday for Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Teddy Riley. The two R&B legends returned to Instagram Live for a friendly battle of songs drawing more than 500,000 viewers. This comes after severe technical difficulties Saturday that caused them to postpone the battle.
The singer-producers played their classics from the 1980s and 90s that they either performed or produced, including “Rock Steady” by The Whispers and Guy’s “I Like” (produced by Riley). Babyface even blessed the audience with a live rendition of “When Can I See You.” Throughout the friendly competition, the legends praised one another.
“You brought New Jack Swing to us all … I’m honored to be in here with you man,” Babyface said referring to the style of music Riley popularized in the 80s and 90s. “You inspired me,” Riley said.
“We keep each other on our toes,” Babyface said. Some would say Babyface won after singing the acoustic of his hit song. Monday’s battle wasn’t about determining a winner, though, but to bring people together to enjoy music as seen by the response on social media. “There is no battle, you know who’s winning? Us. The culture,” singer Toni Braxton tweeted.