New Boyz

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New Boyz
New boyz.jpg
Legacy (left) and Ben J (right)
Background information
Origin Hesperia, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, Jerkin'
Years active 2008–2013
Labels Shotty, Asylum, Warner Bros.
Associated acts YG
Website www.thenewboyz.com
Past members Legacy
Ben J

The New Boyz were an American hip hop/rap group and a jerkin' crew duo[1] consisting of rappers Earl "Ben J" Benjamin (born October 13, 1991) and Dominic "Legacy" Thomas (born October 12, 1991)[2] from Hesperia, California. They debuted in summer 2009 with their viral hit, "You're a Jerk", taken from their debut studio album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic, released in September 2009. The song peaked in the top thirty of the Billboard Hot 100, and it was the first song to bring the jerkin' style to the national forefront. A second single, "Tie Me Down" featuring Ray J, was also successful and peaked in the top thirty. In May 2011, their second studio album, Too Cool to Care, was released. It includes the top 40 hits "Backseat", featuring The Cataracs and Dev, and "Better with the Lights Off" featuring Chris Brown. The New Boyz have also been featured on Hot Chelle Rae's song "I Like It Like That", which peaked at #28 on the Hot 100.

Biography[edit]

Benjamin and Thomas met as freshmen at Hesperia High School.[3] The two were originally rivals, but became friends over a common interest in music.[4] Thomas began rapping at the age of eight after watching a music video by Bow Wow, but Benjamin did not have plans to pursue a musical career, instead, he intended to play football at San Diego State University.[5] However, Benjamin decided to focus more on music after he discovered that Thomas was achieving success in rapping. With their October birthdays only a day apart, they pooled their gift money to buy recording equipment. Thomas then taught himself how to make beats for the group's songs with a computer program called Fruity Loops, saying "I had to teach myself. We didn’t want to pay for beats."[6] After Thomas transferred to a new school, they decided to form a group. With Benjamin being "Ben J" and Thomas being "Legacy", they began performing together as the Swagger Boyz on July 4, 2008[5] and created a MySpace page to promote their self-published single "Colorz".[4]

2009: Skinny Jeanz and a Mic[edit]

In the summer of 2009, the New Boyz' single "You're a Jerk", based on the local dance style of jerkin', became a national hit. "You're a Jerk" peaked on #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.[7] The New Boyz' debut album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic was released in September 2009.[4] Released by Shotty and Asylum Records, the album peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rap Albums charts.[8] "Tie Me Down", featuring Ray J, was the second single from the New Boyz' debut album; that song contained Auto-Tune. "Tie Me Down" peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot Rap Tracks.[7]

2010-2011: Too Cool to Care[edit]

In July 2010, New Boyz collaborated with Virgin Islands singer Iyaz on the song "Break My Bank", which peaked at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] New Boyz will release their second studio album, Too Cool to Care, on May 17, 2011. On the album, the duo plans to focus less on the "jerkin'" aspect of the music, instead emphasizing more diverse influences. Legacy stated that on the previous album, listeners "were more focused on these dudes wearing skinny jeans, 'they are making jerk stuff,' so that's why we made sure on this second album, we let it be known that we can go in."[9] The group plans to experiment with other genres besides hip-hop, including rock. On February 15, 2011, New Boyz released their second single off the album "Backseat", which the song features The Cataracs and Dev. On May 7, 2011 Too Cool to Care was released it sold 30,000 copies in the first week. The third single off the album was "Better with the Lights Off" which featured Chris Brown, The single debuted at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a promotional single.[10] After being officially released, it re-entered the chart at number 75 and reached a peak of number 38.[11]

2013-present: Third Studio Album / Break up[edit]

On February 28, 2013 Legacy announced via Twitter that the group, had been working on their third album for Warner Music Bros. Records.[12] However shortly after Legacy revealed that the New Boyz had broken up to work on their solo careers.[13]

Legal issues[edit]

On July 9, 2012 it was announced that New Boyz was being sued in a legal dispute due to copy rights of their name against Christian Rock Band The Newsboys, after confusion of the groups names.[14]

Discography[edit]

Legacy (Discography)[edit]

Legacy's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Your New Favorite Rapper
  • Released: December 10, 2010
  • Hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar
Dolo
  • Released: June 21, 2013

Ben J (Discography)[edit]

Ben J's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Chill Talk
  • Released: January 4, 2011
  • Hosted by DJ Noize

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
R&B

[16]
US
Rap

[17]
Skinny Jeanz and a Mic 56 12 8
Too Cool to Care
  • Released date: May 17, 2011
  • Label: Shotty, Asylum Records
  • Format: CD, music download
41 9 7

Mixtapes[edit]

New Boy'z mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Foolie Tape
  • Released: April 1, 2012

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
US Rap
[20]
US Pop
[21]
AUS CAN NZ UK
"You're a Jerk" 2009 24 13 4 Skinny Jeanz and a Mic
"Tie Me Down"
(featuring Ray J)
22 42 5 23
"Break My Bank"
(featuring Iyaz)
2010 68 63 10 Too Cool to Care
"Backseat"
(featuring The Cataracs and Dev)
2011 26 12 17 89 52 30 55
"Better with the Lights Off"
(featuring Chris Brown)
38 13 23 90
"FM$" 2012 108 33 Foolie Tape
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, with chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
US
[18]
"Colorz" 2008 Skinny Jeanz and a Mic
"Spot Right There"
(featuring Teairra Marí)
2010 Non-Album Single
"Crush On You"
(featuring YG)
2011 Too Cool to Care
"Tough Kids"
(featuring Sabi)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US Pop CAN
"Are You Feeling Me?"
(Keisha Liu featuring New Boyz)
2009 Non-album single
"Make Me Say"
(Tydis featuring New Boyz)
2010 Non-album single
"Dancin' Around the Truth"
(the Stunners featuring New Boyz)
Non-album single
"I Like It Like That"
(Hot Chelle Rae featuring New Boyz)
2011 28 15 59 Whatever
"Sex"
(Colette Carr featuring New Boyz)
Skitszo
"I'm on a Roll"
(Stefano featuring New Boyz and Rock Mafia)
2012 TBA
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Music videos[edit]

  • You're a Jerk
  • Dot Com
  • Tie Me Down featuring Ray J
  • So Dope
  • Cricketz featuring Tyga
  • Break My Bank featuring Iyaz
  • Crush On You featuring YG
  • Backseat featuring The Cataracs and Dev
  • Tough Kids featuring =Sabi
  • Better With the Lights Off featuring Chris Brown
  • Found My Swag featuring The Bangz
  • Dancing Around the Truth (the Stunners)
  • New Kid Swag featuring Brandon Soo-Hoo from Incredible Crew

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 We the Party As H-One & Stunner Support role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 BET Awards 2011 Best Group[25] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video: New Boyz Declare They Don't Jerk No More After Hearing Odd Future Say "If You Jerk, You're A Faggot"!". Worldstarhiphop.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ "21 Under 21: New Boyz". bilboard.com. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Boyz". MySpace. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Thurston, Jason (2009). "New Boyz > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (July 13, 2009). "New Boyz Say They're More Than Just Jerkin' Rappers". MTV News. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Jeff (August 5, 2009). "We’re Jerkin’ (Starring the New Boyz, J-Hawk and Pink Dollaz)". LA Weekly. LA Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "New Boyz: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "New Boyz > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Steven (2010-09-20). "New Boyz Move On From 'Jerkin' With Too Cool To Care". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  10. ^ Grein, Paul (May 11, 2011). "Week Ending May 8, 2011. Songs: Rolling In The Dough | Chart Watch – Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  11. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. August 24, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://iamjade-3.blogspot.com/2013/02/news-new-boyz-split.html
  13. ^ http://www.2kmusic.com/en/webvideo/newboyz/bsWOB2FgmTI/ben-j-of-new-boyz-talks-vlado-new-boyz-breakup-jerkin-scene-and-cougars
  14. ^ http://allhiphop.com/2012/07/09/exclusive-legal-war-breaks-out-between-newsboys-and-new-boyz-over-name/
  15. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  20. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - Rap Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  21. ^ "New Boyz Album & Song Chart History - Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  22. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 22, 2010: "You're a Jerk" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - December 22, 2010: "Tie Me Down" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  24. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum: New Boyz certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Jay-Z Leads BET Awards 2010 Nominations". Rap-Up. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 

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