Baby Boy

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"Baby Boy"
Song by Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
from the album Dangerously in Love
B-side"Summertime (Remix)"
ReleasedAugust 10, 2003
Recorded2002; South Beach Studios, Miami, Florida[1]
Genre
Length4:04
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Scott Storch
  • Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé singles chronology
"Temptation"
(2003)
"Baby Boy"
(2003)
"Me, Myself and I"
(2003)
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Breathe"
(2003)
"Baby Boy"
(2003)
"I'm Still in Love with You"
(2004)

"Baby Boy" is a Middle Eastern-influenced R&B and dancehall song written by Beyoncé Knowles, Scott Storch, Sean Paul, Robert Waller, and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter for Knowles' first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003).

It was produced by Knowles and Storch and was released to positive reception as the album's second single in August 2003. The song (which features dancehall singer Sean Paul) reached number one in the U.S., becoming Beyoncé's second solo number-one single and Sean Paul's second; it also reached number two in the UK. It was also recognized at the ASCAP awards by the label companies receiving the Publisher of the Year from EMI and Most Performed Songs award in 2003. It was certified Platinum in the US for sales and shipments of over one million copies there.[2] "Baby Boy" finished at number 12 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 of 2003.


The music video was shot in Miami on August 7-8, 2003, and was directed by Jake Nava. Fragments of the music video were recorded in a house with rooms representing different styles: one Japanese and the other Old English.

The music video opens with Sean Paul sitting on a throne toasting and Knowles dancing while leaning against a wall. The next shots show Knowles lying on a bed and Paul surrounded by many women. The singer then goes to the beach, where she meets a man with whom she flirts. The action then moves to a house where a party is going on, where Knowles is dancing with the same man. At the moment of the line "the dance floor becomes the sea", water floods the floor. The next shots show Knowles accompanied by dancers on a wooden platform set up on the beach. The last scene shows the singer dancing on the beach to an instrumental fragment of Arabic music composed especially for the music video. The original version does not have this part.

Official remixes/versions[change | change source]

  • Baby Boy Part 2 (feat. Sean Paul)
  • Baby Boy (Acapella) (feat. Sean Paul)
  • Baby Boy (Instrumental) (feat. Sean Paul)
  • Baby Boy (Junior Vasquez Club Anthem Remix)
  • Baby Boy (Junior Vasquez Club Remix - Edit)
  • Baby Boy (Junior's Padapella Remix)
  • Baby Boy (Junior's Tribapella Remix)
  • Baby Boy (Junior's World Mixshow)
  • Baby Boy (Maurice's Nu Dub Baby!)
  • Baby Boy (Maurice's Nu Soul Remix)
  • Baby Boy (Maurice's Nu Soul Remix - No Rap)
  • Baby Boy (Maurice's Nu Soul Remix - Video Edit)
  • Baby Boy (Jones & Conlin Vibelicious Club Mix)
  • Baby Boy (Jones & Cabrera Vibelicious Curry Spice Remix - Edit)
  • Baby Boy (Jones & Cabrera Vibelicious Curry Spice Remix)
  • Baby Boy (DJ Whoo Kid Steppin In Hotta Remix) (feat. Lloyd Banks)
  • Baby Boy (Sandeep Chatterjee & DJ Wildbill DMC Remix)
  • Baby Boy (Jimbeamjr's Taj Mahal Mix)

References[change | change source]

  1. Knowles, Beyoncé (2003). Dangerously in Love (Compact Disc Liner Notes). Beyoncé Knowles. Columbia Records. p. 2. 5044750 959529.
  2. "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2017-03-14.