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One of the silver linings of the self-quarantine era spurred on by the pandemic was the masterful creation of the Verzuz challenge by iconic producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. The Instagram Live battle, Verzuz, has been a phenomenal international success and has already featured the record-breaking pairings of Babyface vs. Teddy Riley and Jill Scott…

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Bad blood still simmers beneath the surface of singer Monica and Brandy’s glamorous exteriors some 22 years after their memorable “The Boy Is Mine” duet. But in light of the heavyweight Instagram Live Verzuz battles between the likes of Babyface and Teddy Riley, RZA and DJ Premier, and now between Jill Scott and Erykah Badu,…

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One of the moments that punctuated the remarkable Instagram battle between Babyface and Teddy Riley was a never-before-heard story about the late, legendary Michael Jackson. More than a half-million music fans listened to the treasure trove of R&B classics from both Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, 62, and Edward Theodore “Teddy” Riley, 52, on Monday, April 20,…

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The much-ballyhooed heavyweight music battle between Teddy Riley and Babyface on Saturday, April 18, 2020, was a colossal and historic blunder. Riley tried to conduct an elaborate, multimedia show but ran into laughable technical issues and repeated circuit overloads. Nearly a half-million people reportedly arrived at the virtual club only to be turned away because…

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