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[MUSIC] In my mind, there was never any other option. I don't know that I ever imagined myself being anything else. It was do or die. I did have a high school teacher that told me to maybe look into doing something else. And that was really the question. You make sure you go to college. Don't go chasing rainbows. [MUSIC] It's the question of being a real musician. If there's any science to it I think it is the fact of listening to, of growing up and listening to everything. Not letting people put you in a box and keep you there. Writing a good song, that's relative, cuz what i might say is a good song, you might say sucks. You know you have a good song when you play it and you see people's reaction, and then you see them bobbing their head with it. Are they singing along. So that's when you know you got something good. R&B's widespread at this point, whether you're going to R. Kelly or whether you're going to To a music soul child, to a Brandy. R&B is kinda the anchor that we write from. And anybody that even does Pop music, I think it still anchors from R&B. I mean, when I wrote End of the Road, that was one song that I thought, I wish I could do this one. But from the moment that Boyz II Men started singing it, then I thought, well nah. This is not my song. That's the thing, the wonderful thing about music. It's the one thing that can take you back to a time and a moment. You can see, feel, touch and almost smell that day And there are very few things that can do that. Just music and good food. No question. When I was growing up, I was very shy. My one outlet was music. What would my life be without music. Cuz I was in [INAUDIBLE] Sixth grade I started writing my own songs. I was kind of starting to write my own soundtrack. But I didn't really figure out what R&B was until one year I went to the Essence Music Festival. And I witnessed Frankie Beverley and people all dressed in white and hearing him and that band play on stage and the way the people reacted the way he was touching everyone's soul. That place was packed and they were selling records like he sold $100 million. That moment, when I really started to understand what R&B was. It's a family. [MUSIC] Hi, this is Baby face, and this year I'm going to be at the Essence festival. Come and see the show. Buy tickets now.

Babyface: The Making of a Legacy

In the latest installment of our "No. 1 Festival for R&B" video series, Babyface—who will perform at ESSENCE Fest, June 30-July 3 in New Orleans—reflects on his illustrious career as a singer, songwriter and producer.