Baby Boy is a 2001 American coming-of-age urban drama film written, produced, and directed by John Singleton. It has been considered a sequel of sorts to Singleton's more famous work Boyz n the Hood. The film follows bicycle mechanic Joseph "Jody" Summers as he lives and learns in his everyday life in the hood of Los Angeles. This film was the debut of R&B singer Tyrese Gibson as an actor in a movie. Gibson's acting debut came on the television show Martin as he portrayed a singer signed under Pam's (Tichina Arnold) label Keep It Real Records. Baby Boy was filmed in 2000 and released in summer 2001.