Beyoncé

Baby Boy

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"Baby Boy" is one of the hottest tracks on Beyoncé's debut solo record. Featuring dancehall megastar Sean Paul, it bounces in a sweaty funk and has one of her steamiest vocals. This U.K. single includes the album mix of "Baby Boy" plus a Junior Vasquez remix that removes any traces of dancehall and sends the song straight to the dance floor. Squelchy synths, pounding 4/4 beats, and somewhat corny house clichés strip most of the sex and steam out of the song and replace it with nine minutes of blah. The disc also has a remix of "Krazy in Luv" by Adam 12 that ditches the amazing Chi-Lites sample upon which the original is built and adds some circular guitar loops and claustrophobic synths. It is a decent remix, gloomy and somewhat menacing, but comes nowhere close to the Technicolor brilliance of the original. Stick to the originals.

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