|Birth name||Ronnie Ray Bryant|
October 18, 1975 |
|Origin||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Latin hip hop, pop rap, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, rapper, songwriter, actor, performer|
1995–present (singing)2002–present (acting)
|Labels||Dope House, Universal, RCA, J, Arista, Bashtown Music Group|
|Associated acts||South Park Mexican, Akon, Pitbull, Sean Kingston, Frankie J, Bobby Valentino, , Young Jeezy, DJ Rex, T-Pain, Lloyd, E-40, Far East Movement, Jay Tee, Mac Dre|
Ronnie Ray Bryant (born October 18, 1975), better known by his stage name Baby Bash (formerly Baby Beesh), is a Mexican-American rapper. From 1995 to 1998, he performed under the stage name Baby Beesh, as part of dope house records after which he changed the last part of the name to Bash. His first album was On Tha Cool; followed by Tha Smokin' Nephew, which included the singles "Suga Suga" and "Shorty Doowop". In 2005, Super Saucy was released, its lead single being "Baby I'm 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.
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, Jennifer Hudson and Frankie J.
Early life and career beginnings
Ronnie Rey Bryant was born to a Mexican-American mother and English-American father. Bryant was raised by his grandmother, and Bryant's father and uncles exposed him to many different types of musical genres. Initially, Bryant wanted to be 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.
2001–2002: Savage Dreams and On the Cool
Baby Bash's career began as part of the group Potna Duece in Vallejo, California. He went to Houston in 1998, 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 album features guest performances by SPM, Frost, Jay Tee, Mr. Kee, Don Cisco and Merciless. On tha Cool is the second studio album by American rapper Baby Beesh, released June 11, 2002 on Dope House Records. It was produced by Happy P and Johnny Z. The album features guest performances by SPM, Jay Tee, Russell Lee, Don Cisco, Mr. Shadow and DJ Kane.
2003–2005: Tha Smokin' Nephew, Menage a Trois and Super Saucy
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. It debuted at number 48 on the Billboard 200. Five months after its release, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. As of March 2005, the album has sold 531,000 copies in the United States. Menage a Trois is an independent label album (fifth album overall) by Baby Bash.
In 2005, Bash released Super Saucy. Super Saucy is the first official studio album (sixth album overall) by Baby Bash released in March 2005. It spawned the hit single, "Baby I'm Back" (featuring Akon) which reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also his last release on Universal Records before signing with Arista Records. The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 with 48,000 copies sold in the first week released, becoming Baby Bash's highest charting album to date. He was
2006–2011: Cyclone and Bashtown
He recently was featured in Paula DeAnda's first single "Doin' Too Much" from her debut album Paula DeAnda. 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 completed a 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 2010 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.
Bashtown is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Baby Bash. Released on March 22, 2011, it is the first of his albums to be released on Upstairs Records. Bashtown features production from Jim Jonsin, Printz Board, Happy P, Mickaël, J. Lacy, & C-Ballin and features vocal guests E-40, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, & Lloyd among others. According to Baby Bash, the album was entirely recorded in 2010, although many singles and the album were released in 2011. In December 2010, Baby Bash was offered a job as on-air personality for Wild 94.9, a Rhythmic Contemporary commercial radio station in San Francisco, California. In the same month, it was announced that Bash was endorsing a new energy drink for women named after his 2011 album's single, "Go Girl." Part of the sales proceeds from the energy drink will be donated to various charities for breast cancer and ovarian cancer research for women. His latest album Bashtown was released on March 22, 2011, and features guest appearances by Lloyd and E-40.
2011–present: Unsung and arrest
Baby Bash was arrested with Paul Wall the night of September 10, 2011 in El Paso, Texas for possession of marijuana. Both rappers were released the same night on $300 bail.
Baby Bash is currently working on his upcoming eighth studio album called Unsung, which is scheduled to be released on December 17, 2013. "Unsung" features production from DJ Rex, Happy P, Mickaël, J. Lacy, & C-Ballin
- Savage Dreams (2001)
- On tha Cool (2002)
- Tha Smokin' Nephew (2003)
- Menage a Trois (2004)
- Super Saucy (2005)
- Cyclone (2007)
- Bashtown (2011)
- Unsung (2013)
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