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|Genres||Hip hop, southern hip hop|
|Years active||1996–2001 |
|Labels||Cash Money, Universal|
|Associated acts||Big Tymers, Cash Money Millionaires|
The Hot Boys (often styled as Hot Boy$) is an American hip hop group active from 1996 to 2001 then reformed in 2007 and currently on hiatus. The group consists of rappers formerly and currently on the New Orleans-founded record label, Cash Money Records. The members are Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G. and Turk.
The members of the group were rappers, Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile, Bulletproof and Turk. Bulletproof left the group soon after the formation to pursue a solo career, though he was still featured on many of the group's earliest songs. The Hot Boys made their first official appearance together on B.G.'s third studio album, It's All on U, Vol. 1. They soon released their debut album entitled, Get It How U Live!, which sold over 300,000 copies primarily in New Orleans. The album charted nationally as well at 37 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
In 1998, Cash Money Records agreed to a $30 million pressing and distribution contract with Universal Records. This led to releases such as 400 Degreez by Juvenile, which was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA. The Hot Boys made numerous appearances on many of the albums' tracks such as, "Back That Azz Up" featuring Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh, and "Ha", where the Hot Boys were featured in the music video. The album also contained a remix of "Ha" featuring the Hot Boys. The Hot Boys appeared on both Lil Wayne and B.G.'s albums in 1999, Tha Block Is Hot, by Lil Wayne, and, Chopper City In The Ghetto, by B.G.. Both albums were certified Platinum. The group also released singles such as, "Bling Bling" and "Cash Money Is An Army" by B.G., "Tha Block Is Hot" and "Respect Us" by Lil Wayne, and "U Understand" and "I Got That Fire" by Juvenile.
On July 27, 1999, The Hot Boys released their second studio album entitled, Guerrilla Warfare, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. It featured two charting singles, "We On Fire" and "I Need A Hot Girl". "I Need a Hot Girl" peaked at No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Guerrilla Warfare went platinum just within a few months[vague]. The album also had contributions from the Big Tymers, Baby and Mannie Fresh. Just like the group's previous album, Mannie Fresh produced every track.
By 2003 Turk, B.G., and Juvenile had all departed from Cash Money Records for various reasons leaving Lil Wayne the group's only member still with the label. Cash Money still manage to release the group's final album together Let 'Em Burn composed of songs the group recorded between 1998 and 2000. The Hot Boys went on to have solo recording careers with varying degrees of success. Lil Wayne became the most prolific Hot Boy with all of his albums going at least gold and amassing a large fan base which grew with the development of his boutique label Young Money Entertainment. Turk was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in 2006 and was released in October 2012. B.G. and Juvenile initially showed resentment to Cash Money Records but over time settled their disputes and disagreements with the label and it's representatives.
The first time that the Hot Boys met after breaking up in 2001 was when Lil Wayne brought out Juvenile and B.G. at one of his shows on the I Am Music Tour in New Orleans in 2009. Lil Wayne tried to spearhead a Hot Boys reunion beginning in 2008 and the other group members were reportedly on board. However, by 2012 only two songs featuring Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and B.G. materialized: "Ya Heard Me" from B.G.'s 2009 album Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood and the exclusive "If I Ain't a Hot Boy". Talks of a reunion were also quelled when B.G. was arrested for weapons possession in 2009 and subsequently sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for gun possession and witness tampering in 2012. In December 2012, Turk released a song called "Zip It" featuring Lil Wayne on his SoundCloud account. A few weeks later, a remix was released with Juvenile on the last verse. In February 2013, a version with all four members of the group was released, with B.G. recording his verse over the phone from prison.
- The Hot Boys have sold over 2 million albums in the US to date.
Studio albums 
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|US R&B |
|Get It How U Live!||—||37|| |
|Guerrilla Warfare|| ||5||1|
|Let 'Em Burn|| ||14||3|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart. |
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|US R&B |
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US R&B |
|US Rap |
|"Neighborhood Superstar" |
(featuring Big Tymers)
|1997||—||—||—||Get It How U Live!|
|"We on Fire"||1999||—||49||Guerrilla Warfare|
|"I Need a Hot Girl" |
(featuring Big Tymers)
|"Rock Ice" |
(featuring Big Tymers)
|—||—||—||Blue Streak: The Album|
|"My Section"||2003||—||—||—||Let 'Em Burn|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
- 2000: Baller Blockin'
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