Founded by brothers Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams, Cash Money Records began as a local operation that eventually grew to be a regional powerhouse, with acts like UNLV, Kilo G, Ms. Tee and the B.G.'z helping solidify the label as one of the most respected imprints in the south.
But it would be the addition of Juvenile to the label's roster that would position Cash Money for widespread success. Releasing his Cash Money debut, Solja Rags, in 1997, the album included a track titled "Spittin Game," which featured Juvenile rhyming alongside label-mates B.G., Lil Wayne, and Turk under the moniker the Hot Boys.
The newly christened super-group released their debut album, Get It How U Live!! in 1997, positioning the Hot Boys as one of the hottest indie rap groups in the nation. The success of Get It How U Live!! and Solja Rags, along with releases like B.G.'s Chopper City and It's All On U volumes, would earn Cash Money an unprecedented $30 million dollar distribution deal with Universal Records.
The Hot Boys would return in 1999, with their sophomore album, Guerrilla Warfare, but the album would be the the group's last release as a unit, as Juvenile, Turk and B.G.'s departures from Cash Money would cut the group's run short. Cash Money would release the Hot Boys long-awaited third LP, Let 'Em Burn, in 2003, but the honeymoon was already over and the album came and went with a fraction of the fanfare of their previous work, all but putting the nail in the coffin of the Hot Boys dynasty.
With recent talk of some of the members eyeing a reunion, we've decided to take a trip down memory lane and pick the 20 best songs from the Hot Boys' extensive catalog.
"Hide Out or Ride Out"Juvenile Featuring Lil Wayne and Turk
Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Turk go for broke on the Solja Rags free-for-all, "Hide Out or Ride Out," which sees the three Hot Boys members going bonkers with the bars on this hook-less banger. Weezy aims for the head on the song's first verse with lines like "I strike a load you get served I ain't to be joked quick/Fake Buster get smoked with, you provoke it" and sends idle threats, rhyming "Jet off the scene with the Uptown Fighters/Red Dot Sighters, all week Night Flighters/I'ma get 'cha when ya least expect it Cock the Glock check it, a Vase can't protect it."
Juvenile unleashes a viscous verse of his own, spitting, "On my body there's a side of me, it only come out at night/Them Demons got me on a flight, duct-taping and taking life/Or even worse, it could be three o'clock, on a Sunday by church/Yo brains I'ma have to burst, you shouldn't have fucked with me first," and boasting about him and Turk going on "a merger on a murder."
"Hide Out or Ride Out" also sees Juvenile sending shots at rap group Partners-N-Crime, who was embroiled in a heated rivalry with Cash Money during the mid '90s, giving the track added meaning within the history of New Orleans rap.
"Neighborhood Superstars"Hot Boys
The Hot Boys turn in a addictive composition in the form of "Neighborhood Superstars," a choice selection from Get It How U Live!! that sees the crew lamping over a silky production cooked up by Mannie Fresh. Juvenile takes the initiative on the opening verse, flowing, "Ask them motherfuckers how the CMB play it/Tanqueray and Alize it, take the llello and weigh it/735's I drive fits ta match, when I past/Bitches ask, "Who the fuck was that?," while Lil Wayne does his bidding on the hook, drawling "All kinds of cars, neighborhood superstar/Feared by many and loved by broads." "Neighborhood Superstars" also features the Big Tymers, who come equipped with catchy flows of their own, giving this early Hot Boys classic added flair.
"It's a dirty world but it still spins/Ya can't do nothin' about it but try to live in it/You can't live too large or live too small/It's a fix, but 2-2-6 gone still ball," raps Lil Wayne on "Dirty World," a song from the Hot Boys' debut album, Get It How U Live!! Turk comes correct with an impressive 16, rhyming "Niggas be wantin' to kill ya, when ya on top they tryin to still ya/Surrounded by playa haters, how you gonna make a million?/Own boys be tryin' to take ya spot, you think it's cool but it's not/Niggas be tryin to plot on what ya got," while Juvenile and B.G. close-out the track with efficient verses of their own. Mannie Fresh serves up a bluesy soundbed with "Dirty World," which the Hot Boys utilize for a thoughtful composition that ranks high within their catalog of jams.
"Get It How U Live"Hot Boys
The Hot Boys introduce to the life of a true-to-life guerilla on the title-track from their debut album, Get It How U Live!!, with the four MCs laying the murder game down flat over a spooky soundbed, provided by Mannie Fresh. Lil Wayne lays it out thick with lines like "So you say you ready to hustle, scuffle over a dollar/Rumble over a bundle/Ready to bust over 2 dollars/Ready to die for 5, ready to ride on 9/Better be bout your change, lettin hang at all times," while Mannie Fresh handles the hook-work, rhyming "Get how you live nigga, do you dig nigga?/You ain't gone take my life, I'll split yo wig nigga." B.G. also rises to the occasion and gives a bleak view into life in the Nola, spitting "Nigga it's rough, comin' up, in the U.P.T./N.O.P.D investigatin' murders constantly/You got coke don't let no one know where you lay yo' head at/'Cause they comin' to getcha' and that's where you be dead at" and ends "Get It How U Live!" on a high note.
"Ride or Die"B.G. Featuring Lil Wayne & Juvenile
B.G. links up with Lil Wayne and Juvenile on the It's All On U Vol. 2 cut, "Ride or Die," which features the three New Orleans spitters coming volleying bars over the Mannie Fresh produced track. Flipping Lil Kim's "Crush On You" beat, Mannie Fresh adds acoustic guitars to the mix, resulting in a infectious soundscape that sets itself apart from the original. B.G. reps his UTP stomping grounds, drawling "Uptown is my home, thats where I do my dirt/I either hurt or get hurt, it's me or you on that shirt / Can't let no nigga fix me, can't let no nigga get me/I'mma draw and hit first, I can't let no nigga split me," and delivers his verse with finesse. Lil Wayne tacks on an extended verse of his own before Juvenile drops wisdom learned in his youth with lines like "Never miss, I be drivin niggas wit cleverness/Momma used to say this, 'Use your mind and stay rich'/Pops used to say "boy dont let them niggas see your weakness'/If a fool get outta line with you, knock him off his feet quick." "Ride or Die" may have been liberated prior to Cash Money's rise to power on a national scale, but remains required listening for any die-hard Hot Boys fan.
"Bling Bling"B.G. Featuring Turk, Lil Wayne & Big Tymers
After making their arrival on the national scene via Juvenile's 400 Degreez album, Cash Money rolled out Chopper City in the Ghetto, a project from their original franchise player, B.G., which featured what would become the definitive cut in their catalog of singles. After Mannie Fresh warms up the track with a verse, Turk turns in a stuntastic verse of his own, rhyming "A lil' nigga seventeen playin' with six figures/Got so much ice you can skate on a nigga/When you see Cash Money you know we stay flossin'/Catch ya girl down bad ya know we straight tossin', before Baby, Lil Wayne, and Juvenile drop lavish flows of their own. B.G. plays final boss on this outing, rapping "I be fuckin niggas bitches all in they home/Niggas be like, 'Look at that Benz on all that chrome'/Diamonds worn by everybody thats in my click/Man I got the price of a mansion 'round my neck and wrist," and listing off his numerous prized possessions. "Bling Bling" would go on to become one of the most cited rap songs from the late '90s and is the true definition of a game-changer.
"Respect My Mind"Hot Boys
"Head buster, set ripper / Neighborhood superstar, corner splitter / While we dispose of nigga broad, hit her / Hot Boys soldier, Expedition flipper," Lil Wayne muses on "Respect My Mind," one of the more explosive numbers on the group's breakout album, Guerrilla Warfare. Turk drops a few worthy couplets of his own, spitting "What's happening, woadie, do you think you ready for us/Disrespect our mind, fuckin' over you is a must/Come through your cut nigga, it's over, don't spook now/'Cause when you was talkin' 'bout us it was all good, ha" Rapping "Respect my mind or get your brains knocked out/Respect my mind or have them boys in your house/Respect my mind, look, we be ridin' on chrome/Respect my mind cause we get our shine on," the Hot Boys make it known that they are not to be trifled with and any disrespect will be dealt with swiftly on this fan-favorite.
The Hot Boys burst on the scene as a full unit in 1997 with Get It How U Live!!, but wouldn't become the juggernaut that took over the rap game until their 1999 release, Guerilla Warfare. While the album was full of new material, one-holdover was the single, "We On Fire," which originally appeared on Get It How U Live!! sans B.G., but was reworked with additional bars from the Baby Gangsta for the popular version we know today. The song features each Hot Boy asking another a rhetorical question that applies to their own rep as self-proclaimed "untamed guerrillas," like "What kinda nigga that'll kick in the door/Bust your head, duck tape your ho and make her lay on the floor?" among other inquiries. "We On Fire" would peak within the Top 5 of the Hot Rap Singles chart and serve as a rallying cry for the group during their rise to the heights of the music industry.
The Hot Boys speak their mind on the Guerilla Warfare track, "I Feel," a bouncy affair that sees all four Cash Money Millionaires floating over the Mannie Fresh produced track. The Baby Gangsta sets it out, rapping, "I feel like niggas can't fuck with me/I feel like someone wanna be B.G./I feel Lil' Wayne will burn yo block so quick/I feel Turk will be quiet and take yo shit," before Juvenile comes in on the hook, barking "Nigga fuck you, I feel just like you," amid adlibs by B.G.
Turk builds off of B.G. and Juve's energy, rhyming "I feel like hitting the block with four niggas/I feel like the whole CMB made niggas/I feel like hitting the ho after this ''cert/I feel like niggas can't fuck with Juve, the B.G. and Turk," before the two remaining Hot Boys round out the song with verses of their own. "I Feel" is an unforgettable number from Guerrilla Warfare that is still worthy of a few spin all these years later.
"I Need a Hot Girl"Hot Boys
"You need a hot one I got one, I take and bend/Shake it down, break it down, with me and a friend," Mannie Fresh proclaims on "I Need A Hot Girl," the raunchy hit single from the Hot Boys' sophomore album, Guerrilla Warfare. B.G. professes his desire for a freak in the sheets, drawling "That's what I need, a hot girl is a jazzy bitch / I'd take her any day for a classy bitch/On the down low for her nigga she a nasty bitch/I tell her touch it, she gonna reach down and grab the dick." But the track hits a crescendo when Lil Wayne and Turk team up for a back and forth routine that sees the two hitting on all cylinders, rapping "I like 'em hot, the ones that don't tell me to stop/Eat dick swallow the cum, and they know how to pop/I need a project bitch, a hoodrat bitch/One that don't give a fuck and say she took that dick," before each add on additional bars and close out the song on a high note. "I Need a Hot Girl" played a big part in making Guerrilla Warfare the platinum-selling album that it would go on to be and can still shake up a dance-floor at the drop of a dime.
"Kisha"Lil Wayne Featuring Hot Boys
The Hot Boys flex their storytelling skills and introduce us to a scandalous woman named Kisha on this song from Lil Wayne's Tha Block Is Hot album. Rhyming "Got a early call from Kisha, Kisha wanted me to meet her/She said she thought it was time to make the relationship get deeper/Said cool then I'm gon' beep ya, what would be a good time to reach ya/She said what about ten, but I thought eleven would be sweeter," Lil Wayne gives an account of his encounter with Kisha until Turk comes in with a few memories of his own run-in with the fictional character. While all four Hot Boys turn in solid verses, Juvenile takes top honors, rhyming "Ooohh Oooh, there she go, on the way to the corner store/Lil Turk let me know, we done fucked the same bitch before" and commenting on Kisha's sexual prowess with bars like "She was a fool with it/She said she had a good teacher she went to school with it/'Cause she knew what to do with it/I didn't want the bitch to have my car all smellin'/So I took her in the alley with some K Y Jelly." "Kisha" sees Wayne, Turk, B.G., and Juve spinning a tale of the freakiest jump-off in the Ninth Ward and makes for a classic tune.
"A Million and One Things"Juvenile Featuring Hot Boys
Juvenile phones in his Hot Boy brethren for "A Million and One Things," a cautionary tale from Tha G Code, the follow-up to his 1998 blockbuster album, 400 Degreez. Produced by Mannie Fresh, the track sees Lil Wayne throwing down the gauntlet first and giving encouragement to those at the bottom of society, rapping "This one here's on tha up, dog, for all my people with bad luck, dog/Strugglin', tryin' ta make a buck, dog" before handing the mic off to Juve, who shares a few sage words of his own. Rhyming "They got a million and one things that you could be doin'/Than hangin' around this motherfucker talkin' to your children/Get off your ass, lil' daddy, and go and get it/It's starin' at ya right in your face, you ain't wit it" on the hook, Juve then lays down a 16 before Turk and B.G. drop thoughtful bars that also resonate for those in the struggle. "A Million and One Things" is unsung in comparison to more noted Hot Boys tunes, but is a quality offering that shows that there is an ample amount of substance in addition to the flashy style that made them a hit with rap fans across the nation.
"#1 Stunna"Big Tymers Featuring Juvenile, Lil Wayne, & Turk
When the Cash Money was tapped to provide a song in support of the Original Kings of Comedy soundtrack, Baby used the opportunity to boost the visibility of his duo, the Big Tymers, but reeled in his CMB franchise players to help pull the mission off. The ending result was "#1 Stunna," a track that is billed as a Big Tymers cut, but is very much powered by the Hot Boys, who held their label boss down with catchy adlibs and bars that serve as the catalyst for the big hit that it proved to be among fans. From Turk and Lil Wayne picking up where they left off on "I Need a Hot Girl" with their back-and-forth routine on the song's hook to well placed lines, like Juvenile spitting "Baby, let me get the keys to the Rover Truck/Man, let me get this beef shit over, bruh," "#1 Stunna" is an unforgettable memory in the minds of rap fans who were around for the Cash Money takeover that occurred during the late '90s and early aughts.
"Baller Blockin'"Cash Money Millionaires Featuring E-40
New Orleans connects with The Bay on "Baller Blockin," the lead-single from Cash Money's 2000 film of the same name. Turk sets the tone, rapping "Everyday all day all we do is get our grind on/From sun up to sun down get our grind on/Tryna bust it wide open that's just for my clank/Fin' to get at these bitches so we can be the jank," and jumps straight into manning the hook, barking "Why you blockin us baller blockin us, you niggas can keep tryin ain't no stoppin us." Baby and E-40 provide highlights as well, with the latter spitting "Call tha police on a young busta playa tryna money mack on a million/You best respect tha game or get yo cap pilled in/Whoopin ass and takin names about my pay/Straight up out tha year 2000 Y2K," in his enthralling guest verse.
Juvenile rounds out the cut, rhyming "I know I need to stop but I'm soulja so fuck it/Besides I'm responsible for supplying the public/My daddy got shot so I'm holding it down/Outline, out of bounds putting four in a clown" and pointing to the death of his father as the catalyst for his leap into the street life. From the song to the riveting accompanying music video, "Baller Blockin'" is a time capsule that depicts a time when the original reincarnation was unstoppable and at the top of their game.
"Project Chick"Cash Money Millionaires
"This is for Deshawn, Eshlawn, Lil mama, and her friends/Lisa, Teresa, Maria, Tia, Leah and Kim/I love y'all broads/No disrespect to my dogs, but I love y'all broads/Yeah, I love y'all broads," Mannie Fresh professes on "Project Bitch," a song from Cash Money's Baller Blockin' soundtrack. Released as the second single in support of the project, "Project Bitch" features a stellar performance from Lil Wayne, who flows "This is for the ones who pop with it/An be putting they mouth on it/An they suck everything out of it/Then they catch it an swallow it," while making way for Juvenile, who delivers the hook. Speaking of Juve, he also unleashes a vivid verse of his own, rhyming "My momma sinning by my grandma, my grandma flipped out/And said we ain't gone have no evil in this house/So I rolled out, scored me an ounce and sold out/But I fucked up when I started living up in these hoes house," and reminiscing on one of his former hot girls. "Project Bitch" would be a marginal hit, peaking at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and continued Cash Money's dominant run as power players in the rap game.
"Shine"Lil Wayne Featuring Hot Boys
The Hot Boys band together for some hearty stunting on Lil Wayne's Lights Out single, "Shine." "Yellow Viper, yellow Hummer, Yellow Benz/Yellow PT Cruiser, yellow 'Lac on rims/Drop yellow 'Vette and a platinum Rolls Royce/That's seven different cars, everyday I got a choice," Juvenile raps, while Lil Wayne slaughters with couplets like "And the name be fire Wayne, ice and change/You can catch me in an aqua range, squatting things/With them 22-inch chopper blades/Diamond face, diamond brace/More colors than the game Simon Says." B.G. and Turk also show up to the party with favorable showings, making shine one of the more indelible moments in the Hot Boys' history.
"Hit U Up"Lil Wayne Featuring Hot Boys
One of the finer compositions in the Hot Boys' discography of bangers is "Hit U Up," an intense selection from Lil Wayne's Lights Out album that sees all four rappers coming with their A-Game. Turk attacks the track with a vengeance, spitting "I roll with a bunch of untamed guerrillas, head bustas, and sharks/Niggas that's 'bout beefin' -- lettin' them K's spark/Knockin'-it-off-your-shoulder soldiers -- them real niggas/Niggas who did time -- hard-to-kill niggas" and sets the mood in a big way. But the ingredient that truly makes "Hit U Up" pop is the infectious hook, delivered by B.G., with him rapping "We done hit you up, lit you up, twist you up (Ooohh!)/We done chopped you up, popped you up, boxed you up (Ooohh!)," with an exuberance that is undeniable and addictive. Juvenile laments his past transgressions and love for life in the gutter, rhyming "I was wrong for a lot of shit that I'ma take to my grave/Continuously whippin' niggas like a runaway slave/Must was meant for me to be thuggin' -- I stay in some beef/Baby and Slim keep tellin' me, "Juvenile, stay off them streets," before B.G. and Wayne finish off the track with fiery stanzas of their own, wrapping up the proceedings while taking no prisoners.
"4 Minutes"Juvenile Featuring Hot Boys
"You know we don't drop hits, uh-uh/We drop classics nigga, uh-huh/Cash Money, c'mon, get at me nigga," B.G. gloats on the opening of "4 Minutes," a tune from Juvenile's Project English album that features his Hot Boys brethren forming like Voltron. Lil Wayne cooks up a filthy verse, rapping "We be, thuggers, stunners, hustlers/Kidnap mothers, rape with no rubbers/What the, hell? What is that I smell?/No it's not but it's a dead body by the canal" before Turk catches the beat sliding towards home-base with some bars of his own, rhyming "Plenty of diamonds in my Rolex/Two karats on my finger, ten around my fuckin' neck/It's a must everyday that I keep my pockets fat/Got so many haters that's why I stay strapped on my gat." "4 Minutes" is a funky tune that showcases the best of what the Hot Boys have to offer and has the distinction of being one of the last tracks from the group as a full unit before Juvenile's infamous disputes with Baby and Cash Money Records.
The Hot Boys are in full effect on the Let 'Em Burn offering, "Down Here," a hard-hitting number that includes plenty of gun-talk and pledges of allegiance to their brothers in arms. B.G. gets busy off the rip, spitting "Nigga say New Orleans fake, nigga better fear down here/We have mo' muders than the days and a year down here/You got coke -- we'd a make ya disappear down here/You outta line -- we'd a leave ya block clear down here," with Lil Wayne following up with a verse of his own. Juvenile catches a highlight with the standout couplets, "You mothafuckin' right I got a complex/You mothafuckin' right I'm takin' hits, with a contract/Been in nigga everywhere but under the foots/I'm tryna take lil' daddy head outta the roots," while Turk plays the finisher and drops a few rhymes of his own. "Down Here" is a ride to the wild side that is the Magnolia, Hollygrove and UTP streets and wins with a manic beat, courtesy of Mannie Fresh, which plays as a choice backdrop for the rhyming quartet.
"I got popped in 94' them people caught me with some coke/But I pleaded as a user so the judge let me go/Now I'm back on the streets with six months of probation/Can't go out the state so I can't take no vacation," Lil Wayne divulges on "3 Strikes," a high-octane selection from the group's third and final album, Let 'Em Burn. Produced by Mannie, the track sees Wayne, Turk, B.G. and Juve catching wreck and avoiding the law. B.G. looks to the man above for direction and touches on his battle with drug abuse, rhyming "Ask the lord to guide me right keep my mind of bad/Got this monkey ride my back tellin' me do a bag/Got a judge front a nigga tryin to send me away/'Cause I got my second gun charge possesion of a A-K," and Juvenile turns in a solid finale verse of his own to complete the cipher. "3 Strikes" serves as one of the last great moments from the Hot Boys and is a testament to their undeniable chemistry as a collective.