The Hot Boys Get Closer To Reunion Album
“I already signed the deal,” Juvenile told Vibe late last month, “so for me I’m gonna definitely say it’s a go. I already received the check.”
The New Orleans group officially split back in 2003 amidst rumors of financial mismanagement and infighting, although group members Juvenile, B.G., and Turk left Cash Money Records earlier in 2002. Despite previous issues however, members believe that now is a good time to get back together.
“At one point in time, you couldn’t get me to talk about [the reunion],” Turk said last month. “I wasn’t open for it. But as I got older, I started understanding life in general. Things happen for a reason. People go through things, family go through things. You know they sit down talk it over, be real about it, acknowledge their mistakes, and just move on.”
And while a few members are optimistic about the future of The Hot Boys, others involved with the group are questioning if the reunion will be worth it.
“My thing is, I’m bent on it being a classic,” said Mannie Fresh, Cash Money’s former staple producer. “Like, what can I do to make this great? The Hot Boys got a sound [and] without that sound, what is it worth? I still think these dudes are great rappers and I still think they on their game, but it gotta be something like… I ain’t saying that we gotta take our time because that ain’t never been us, but it’s gotta be right.”
B.G., whose upcoming album, Too Hood To Be Hollywood is slated for release later this year said, “We finishing all the paper work now, and hopefully we will have that out this year. It’s going to be bigger than The Beatles!”
A Hot Boys reunion may prove to be a bit difficult as members are all signed to different record labels. Lil Wayne remains on Cash Money/Universal, Juvenile and B.G. are signed to Atlantic, Mannie Fresh is independent, and Turk is awaiting parole after pleading guilty to shooting a Tennessee SWAT Team deputy back in ’04. However, all group members are currently optimistic.
“…For me and Wayne, it’s a go,” shared Juve. “I don’t know if the business been straightened out, but I know B.G.’s on board and he’s willing to do it. I don’t know where Turk stand on the business side.”
There’s no word yet on exactly when the group pans to reunite.