Dem Boyz (Lil' Mo song)

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"Dem Boyz"
Single by Lil' Mo
from the album Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour
Released May 24, 2005[1]
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, digital download
Recorded Time Machine Studios
(Accokeek, Maryland)
Genre R&B, funk, soul
Length 3:26
Label Cash Money, Universal, Roun'table
Writer(s) C. Stone, C. Thompson, J. Banks, E. Marion, H. Thigpen
Producer(s) Chucky Thompson
Lil' Mo singles chronology
"Hot Girls"
"Dem Boyz"
"Sumtimes I"

"Dem Boyz" is the second and final charting single by American recording artist Lil' Mo from her unreleased album, Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour (2005). The song features production by Chucky Thompson and a 1978 sample of Bar-Kays' "Holy Ghost (Reborn)."[2] The inspiration for the song originally came from Lil' Mo's fascination with the R&B sound at the time "going back to its roots," and her consistency in "providing real music."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song met generally favorable reviews. Bret McCabe of Baltimore City Paper heavily praised the track for its production, citing the sound as a "discombobulating disco backbeat" and later referred to the song as a "pelvic pulse" and "booty-quake cake."[4] McCabe also added that the production's "bob and shimmy kick-drum, rollicking whistle, and saucy horn blasts" set a party theme in similar fashion of Beyoncé's 2003 record, "Crazy In Love."[4] Jermy Leeuwis of Music Remedy also praised the track, citing it as a "bona fide" hit.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the single was directed by David Palmer and primarily took place in Lil' Mo's hometown Baltimore, Maryland.[6][7] The video is also noted for featuring cameo appearances by the likes of Birdman, Tray Chaney and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson from the former HBO series, The Wire.[7]

Track listings and formats[edit]

iTunes download[1]
  1. "Dem Boyz (Radio Version)" [Clean] — 3:26
12"/CD single[8][9]
  1. "Dem Boyz" (Radio Version) — 3:26
  2. "Dem Boyz" (Instrumental) — 3:26
  3. "Dem Boyz" (Acapella) — 3:23
  4. "Dem Boyz" (TV Track) — 3:25


Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 86


  1. ^ a b "Dem Boyz - Single by Lil' Mo". iTunes. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lil' Mo's Dem Boyz sample of Bar-Kays's Holy Ghost". WhoSampled. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Music, IGN (August 17, 2005). "Lil Mo Loves Dem Boyz". IGN. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b McCabe, Bret (July 6, 2005). "Lil' Mo / Dem Boyz". Record Review. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Leeuwis, Jermy (July 29, 2005). "Lil Mo - Dem Boyz". Music Remedy. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lil' Mo - "Dem boyz"". Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Lil' Mo - Dem Boyz". VEVO. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lil' Mo - Dem Boyz (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lil' Mo - Dem Boyz (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs." Billboard. July 16, 2005: 73. Print.