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Ronnie Ray Bryant (born 1975), better known by his stage name Baby Bash (formerly Baby Beesh), is an American rapper. From 1995 to 1998, he performed under the stage name Baby Beesh, as part of the vallejo,California group Potna Duece, after which he changed the last part of the name to Bash. His first album was Tha Smokin' Nephew in 2003, which included the singles "Suga Suga" and "Shorty Doowop". In 2005, Super Saucy was released, its lead single being "Im Back", a collaboration with singer Akon. Cyclone followed in 2007, with its title single featuring T-Pain and its follow-up, "What Is It" featuring Sean Kingston, landing on the Billboard charts as well.

He has frequently contributed to other performers' works, including a spot in the song "Obsession (No Es Amor)" by 3rd Wish released in Europe and later a U.S release with a copy / re- recording of the European version, performed by Frankie J in 2005 and "Doing Too Much" by Paula DeAnda in 2006.

Early life

Ronnie Ray Bryant was born to a Mexicanmarker mother and Anglo father who became a heroin addict. Bryant's uncle and grandparents exposed him to many different types of musical genres. Initially, Bryant wanted to a professional basketball player. He planned to play basketball for the junior college he attended in California during the mid-'90s. After tearing his ankle several times and not having it repaired with surgery, he permanently ended the possibility of ever playing basketball at even a semi-professional level.

Career

Baby Bash's career began as part of the group Potna Duece in Vallejo, Californiamarker. He went to Houstonmarker in 2000, where he met fellow rapper South Park Mexican. Prior to his success as a solo artist he, under the name "Baby Beesh", was part of rap groups Potna Deuce and Latino Velvet. Bash's debut album entitled Savage Dreams was released on the independent label Dope House Records in 2001. The acclaim he received soon caught the attention of Universal Records, who signed him later that year. In 2003, Baby Bash released his first album on a major label, Tha Smokin' Nephew, and Super Saucy in 2005. He recently was featured in Paula DeAnda's first single "Doin' Too Much" from her debut album Paula DeAnda. He has collaborated with numerous other artists during his career, such as West Coast rappers B-Legit, C-Bo, Coolio- Da'unda'dogg, E-40 and Mac Dre, R&B singers like Akon, Avant, Natalie, Mario, and Nate Dogg, and other Latino rappers such as Fat Joe, Nino Brown, Doll-E Girl, Frost, and Pitbull. He continues to write lyrics for singers such as Paula DeAnda, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and Frankie J.

His third studio album, Cyclone (initially titled Ronnie Rey All Day), was released in late October 2007. So far, Baby Bash has released three singles off the album: "Mamacita" featuring Marcos Hernandez, "Na Na (The Yummy Song)", and "Cyclone" featuring Mickaël & T-Pain. The month of the album release, Baby Bash became Myspace's #1 Latin artist, and the single Cyclone had over 750,000 digital and ringtone sales prior to the album's release.

Baby Bash is presently working on a new film entitled Primos starring Chingo Bling and Danny Trejo. The comedy involves three cousins working in a bakery with dreams of making money, and is slated for a 2008 release.His major-label debut Tha Smokin' Nephew was well-received by Allmusic, but his 2007 album Cyclone was given mixed reviews, for example being panned by Rolling Stone magazine.

On December 31, 2007, Baby Bash performed at the halftime show of the Brut Sun Bowl [57440] game between South Florida and Oregon.

Baby Bash has also worked with Australian artist Kate Alexa, who on March 3, 2008 released the song "Teardrops," which is a cover of Womack & Womack's song with Baby Bash rapping throughout the song. He also performed the song in Australia, where it was well received, reaching #26 on the ARIA Chart.

Discography

Albums

As Baby Beesh

  • 2001: Savage Dreams
  • 2002: On tha Cool
  • 2003: The Ultimate Cartel


As Baby Bash

Year Album Chart positions Certifications2009: TBA
US
200 R&B Rap
2003 Tha Smokin' Nephew
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
48 22 * RIAA: Gold
2004 Menage a Trois
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Label: Empire Musicworks
  • Format: CD, digital download
32 *
2005 Super Saucy
  • Released: March 15, 2005
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
11 7 3
2007 Cyclone
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
30 11 5
"*" indicates that chart did not exist; "—" indicates that release did not chart.


Singles

Year Song Chart positions Certifications Album
US CAN
Hot 100 R&B Rap Rhythmic
2003 "Shorty Doowop" (featuring Perla Cruz & Russell Lee) 115 108 17 Tha Smokin' Nephew
"Suga Suga" (featuring Frankie J) 7 54 10 2 RIAA: Gold
2005 "Baby I'm Back" (featuring Akon) 11 52 9 3 RIAA: Gold Super Saucy
"Who Wit' Me?"
2007 "Na Na (The Yummy Song)" (featuring Casely) 25 Cyclone
"Cyclone" (featuring Mickaël & T-Pain) 7 70 6 3 41 RIAA: 2× Platinum
2008 "What Is It" (featuring Sean Kingston) 57 18 34
2009 "That's How I Go" (feat. Mario and Lil Jon) 107 90 17 26 TBA
"Outta Control" (feat. Pitbull) 14


Other charted songs

Year Song Chart positions Album
US
Rap Rhythmic
2003 "Sexy Eyes (Da Da Da Da)" (feat. Russell Lee) 37 Tha Smokin' Nephew
2005 "That's My Lady (Money)" (feat. Nate Dogg) 37 Super Saucy
2006 "Mamacita" (feat. Marcos Hernandez) 26 Cyclone
2007 "Don't Stop" (feat. Keith Sweat) 22 25


As featured performer

Year Song Chart positions Album
US AUS
Hot 100 R&B Latin
2005 "Obsession " (Frankie J featuring Baby Bash) 3 69 2 The One
2006 "Energy" (Natalie featuring Baby Bash) 66 Natalie
2006 "Doing Too Much" (Paula DeAnda featuring Baby Bash) 41 25 Paula DeAnda
2007 "Gallery (Remix)" (Mario Vazquez featuring Baby Bash) 35
2008 "You've Got a Friend" (Far East Movement featuring Baby Bash & Lil Rob) Animal
"Teardrops" (Kate Alexa featuring Baby Bash) 26 TBA
"This Boy's Fire" (Santana featuring Jennifer Lopez & Baby Bash) Ultimate Santana


Baby Bash also made a silent cameo in Paula DeAnda's video for "Easy".

Baby Bash was also featured in Pascal Obispo's song "Nouveau Voyage (C'est la Vie)". He raps one verse and sings backup vocals in the chorus.

References

  1. Birchmeier, Jason. "Get" overview. Allmusic
  2. Jeffries, David. "Super Saucy" overview. Allmusic: 2005.
  3. Latin Music Interview - "Baby Bash: Latin Hip Hop's Quiet Storm"
  4. Britney Spears Single Is Released; Plus Eve, 50 Cent, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West & More, In For The Record. MTV News: August 30, 2007.
  5. Jeffries, David. "Tha Smokin' Nephew" overview. Allmusic
  6. Baby Bash album chart history at Billboard.com
  7. http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=16691
  8. "Easy" music video by Paula DeAnda and Bow Wow. Baby Bash can be seen around 2:50 in the video. Hosted on MTV.com: View on Overdrive (Windows XP or Mac OS X in the United States) or standard MTV player for older systems or outside the USA

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