Baby Boy
by Beyoncé (featuring Sean Paul)

Album: Dangerously in Love (2003)
Charted: 2 1
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Songfacts®:

  • This song featuring the Jamaican dancehall-reggae singer Sean Paul was #1 in the US for 10 weeks. It also topped the singles chart in China, Mexico and Israel. The song finds Beyoncé smitten with her lover, who she calls her "Baby Boy." He stays on her mind and in her fantasies.
  • Dangerously in Love was Beyoncé's first solo album, and the beginning of her mononym era. She got a lot of help on the album, using a variety of writers and producers on the tracks.

    "Baby Boy" has five co-writers: Beyoncé, Robert Waller, Sean Paul, Jay-Z and Scott Storch. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were playing coy about their personal relationship at the time, but Jigga got writing credit on five tracks from the album, including two where he rapped: "Crazy In Love" and "That's How You Like It."

    Scott Storch was a rising star in the production ranks, having helmed the Christina Aguilera song "Fighter" and many of the other tracks on her Stripped album. Storch would later flame out financially and creatively in spectacular fashion, blowing his millions on a devastating cocaine habit.
  • At the beginning of 2008 Beyoncé won a copyright infringement case against Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jennifer Armour, who claimed that the R&B singer had stolen lyrics and hooks from her song "Got a Little Bit of Love For You" for "Baby Boy." Armour maintained that she had mailed "I Got A Little Bit Of Love For You" to Beyoncé's manager-father Matthew Knowles and her record company in early 2003. However the court found "Baby Boy" had been written before her song had been sent.
  • The smoldering video was directed by Jake Nava, who was in charge of several Beyoncé clips, including "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Crazy In Love." In the "Baby Boy" video, we see Beyoncé in a variety of sets and outfits, including the chain-mail bikini she wears on the album cover.
  • Beyoncé performed some of this song at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2013 (Ravens 34, 49ers 31). When she was done with song, her Destiny's Child cohorts Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped out of the floor to join the star.

Comments: 2

  • Chi Girl from NigeriaHow could this stupid song have won a grammy? It just shows how annoying awards could be.
  • Larry from Wayne, PaThis song was number one when my baby girl was born.
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