Known for hits like “Lifted” and “Baby I’m Back” (featuring Akon), Ronnie Ray Bryant, better known as Baby Bash, is back on the music scene after a two-year hiatus with his new hip-hop, R&B and pop album, Cyclone, which “depending on what mood you’re in…has a song for you.”
The 32-year-old artist, who considers himself more of a songwriter than a singer, has stood out for contributing to super hits like “Obsession” and “Suga Suga,” by Frankie J, and “Doing Too Much,” from Paula Deanda. He’s also featured on the new Carlos Santana album, The Ultimate Santana, singing “This Boy’s Fire” with Jennifer López.
Born in California to a Mexican mother and father from the United States, Baby Bash faced some difficult times at a young age, including his parents’ drug addictions. The artist spoke to us exclusively about the obstacles he’s dealt with, how they’ve affected his life and his hopes for the new album.
Listen to “Cyclone” (Feat. T-Pain)
Your last CD, “Super Saucy”, came out in 2005. What have you been up to since then?
I was writing for Paula Deanda’s CD, I was involved in her project. And I’ve been in the studio, [recording] for this album. I wanted to make a solid album.
What’s your favorite song on the album?
My favorite song is “As Days Go By” with Paula Deanda, because it sends a positive message, a message of hope for everybody out there in the military service. This song will bring out the tears of those people who have loved ones in the military. I’m not against the war, not for the war. It’s not about the war, it’s a song of hope. It’s a love letter from a guy out there to his chica.
Where do you want this album to take you?
People know my music more than they know Baby Bash. But I think this album explores more of my character and my personality. I want people to hear, know and love my music. This will allow people to know Baby Bash.
Of all your collaborations, which are you most proud of?
I’ve worked with artists like Frankie J, T-Pain, Akon and Paula Deanda, but my biggest pride is doing a song with Carlos Santana and JLo. It’s kind of unbelievable for me.
Your parents were both addicted to drugs when you were a kid. How did that impact your life?
I can always think back to when I was a little kid, hungry, with my dad going to jail. I’ve seen both of my parents handcuffed in police cars. These situations helped me learn the truth about drugs and how they can ruin your life, and I will never do that. I was raised by my grandparents, Margie and Johnny Juárez, who took me in and took care of me. Today, my biggest regret is that my grandfather died before seeing me succeed. He saw me struggling, he saw me coming up. He was such a hard-working man. He had a rough life. I know he’s watching me now from above and smiling, but I wish I could hug hum while I’m succeeding.
What’s your relationship like with your parents today?
Everything is good…They went to rehab and came out. My father is trying to do good. I try to take care of them. I am very proud of my mom. She’s now a counselor for other patients in rehab. My success might keep them clean.