TBT: 2003, When Beyoncé Sang About Her “Baby Boy”

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 2003, Beyoncé and Sean Paul’s single “Baby Boy” entered the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, where it would continue to reign for a total of five weeks.

We know you still worship Queen Bey, but did you know these throwback tidbits about her early aughts hit?

1. It uses a lyrical interpolation from the hip hop group O.G.C.

The lyrics, “We steppin’ in hotter this year,” used can be found at the end of the group’s song, “No Fear”. Take a listen above!

2. The song is considered to be a sequel to Beyoncé’s first song with her then-boyfriend, Jay-Z.

The “prequel” song was “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” and it can be heard above.

3. “Baby Boy” charted before its physical release in the U.S.

The song debuted at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, when “Crazy In Love” was still in the number one spot.

4. Beyoncé breaks it down to an Arabic instrumental in the music video.

The music was designed exclusively for the music video.

5. Singer-songwriter Jennifer Armour filed a lawsuit claiming that Beyoncé had stolen her song.

In the lawsuit, Armour claimed that Beyoncé used the musical hook from her song “Got a Little Bit of Love for You”. You can listen to a clip of her song here. The suit was dismissed.

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 2003 hit, “Baby Boy”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!


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