SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) – After a weekend of hype and hilarious memes that nearly broke IG — hashtag babyfacevsteddyriley if you’ve been on another planet – the legendary Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Teddy Riley did a major reset Monday, a much-anticipated rematch of their Instagram Live faceoff.

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H E R E W E G O – @babyface vs @teddyriley1 #verzuz

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After a few minutes of digital housekeeping, the battle began, reconfirming for half a million fans and followers that these two are the original ‘R & B, New Jack City, whip-appeal, done produced everybody and some you never knew’ masters.

And everybody showed up — from Hallie Berry, to Issa Rae and Toni Braxton, as they played their hits and classics from the 1980s and ’90s – hearts were just overflowing.

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What a moment. #verzuz

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Babyface delivered a live rendition of “When Can I See You.”

The set was peppered with mutual praise.

“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.

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“You inspired me,” Riley told Babyface.

Last weekend, more than 400,000 followers tuned in on to hear the pair duke it out in another of a series of Instagram Live beat battles, after contests with greats Timbaland vs. Swizz Beatz, and T-Pain vs. Lil Jon.

Saturday night, Babyface’s setup was simple, lockdown style, but Riley was set up for a concert, a recipe for disaster, especially during a COVID-19 quarantine that demands that ‘less is better.’

On a more serious note, the battle had already been postponed from its April 12 date, after Babyface was diagnosed with COVID-19. The Grammy-winning singer-producer, 61, last week said he and his family — who also tested positive –were recovering.

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The Rematch: Monday 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST

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CBSSF.com writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer Bay Sunday, Black Renaissance and host of Black Renaissance. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.

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