New Boyz

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New Boyz
Legacy (left) and Ben J
Legacy (left) and Ben J
Background information
OriginHesperia, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active2008–2014
LabelsAsylum, Warner Bros. Shorty Records
Past members
  • Dominic "Legacy" Thomas
  • Earl "Ben J" Benjamin

New Boyz is a hip-hop duo[1] that consisted of rappers Earl "Ben J" Benjamin and Dominic "Legacy" Thomas. They debuted in the spring of 2009 with their viral hit "You're a Jerk" taken from their 2009 debut studio album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic. 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 Early 2010. 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 No. 28 on the Hot 100.


2005–2008: Early life and formation[edit]

Benjamin and Thomas met as freshmen at Hesperia High School.[2] The two were originally rivals, but became friends over a common interest in music.[3] 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.[4] However, Benjamin decided to focus more on music after he discovered that he had a passion for 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."[5] After Thomas transferred to a new school on May 2008, 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[4] and created a MySpace page to promote their self-published single "Colorz".[3]

2009–2012: Skinny Jeanz and a Mic and Too Cool to Care[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 No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.[6] The New Boyz' debut album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic was released in September 2009.[3] Released by Shotty and Asylum Records, the album peaked at No. 56 on the Billboard 200 and No. 8 on the Top Rap Albums charts.[7] "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 No. 22 on the Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot Rap Tracks.[6]

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.[6] New Boyz released their second studio album, Too Cool to Care, on May 17, 2011. On the album, the duo planned 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."[8] The group planned 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.[9] After being officially released, it re-entered the chart at number 75 and reached a peak of number 38.[10]

2013–2014: Hiatus and reunion[edit]

On February 28, 2013 Legacy announced via Twitter that the group had been working on their third album for Warner Music Bros. Records. However, on November 9, 2013, after many speculations that the group has gone their separate ways, member Earl "Ben J" Benjamin officially stated they have decided to split up in order to pursue solo careers. He stated in an interview: "We've shared our talents with the world as a duo and had a very successful career in doing so, our songs stayed on the charts and our videos always received millions and millions of organic views on YouTube and Vevo. But after selling out shows and touring all over the world, we've decided that we'd like to share our talents with our fans individually. Together or apart; we've made our mark in American music history and our imprint will never be forgotten. I wish my brother (Legacy) the best in all that he does, and can’t wait till we're both at the Grammy's getting nominated for our solo efforts; and so begins a New chapter, in a New book; with this New Boy."[11] The group reunited in the 2014 film "School Dance".

2021–2022: Reunion[edit]

On January 18, 2022 the duo released the sequel to the their 2009 hit song You're a Jerk; after teasing the groups return back in December of 2021.[12]

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.[13]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications


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


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


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Rap
US Pop
"You're a Jerk" 2009 24 13 4
  • RIAA: Platinum
Skinny Jeanz and a Mic
"Tie Me Down"
(featuring Ray J)
22 42 5 23
  • RIAA: Platinum
"Break My Bank"
(featuring Iyaz)
2010 68 63 10 Too Cool to Care
(featuring The Cataracs and Dev)
2011 26 12 17 89 52 30 55
  • RIAA: Platinum
"Better with the Lights Off"
(featuring Chris Brown)
38 13 23 90
  • RIAA: Platinum
"FM$" 2012 108 33 Foolie Tape
"You're A Jerk 2" 2022
"—" 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
"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
"Are You Feeling Me?"
(Keisha Liu featuring New Boyz)
2009 non-album single
"Dancin' Around the Truth"
(The Stunners featuring New Boyz)
The Stunners
"I Like It Like That"
(Hot Chelle Rae featuring New Boyz)
2011 28 15 59
  • RIAA: Platinum[17]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[22]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[23]
(Colette Carr featuring New Boyz)
(Big Time Rush featuring New Boyz)
non-album single
"I'm on a Roll"
(Stefano featuring New Boyz and Rock Mafia)
2012 non-album single
"—" 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
  • Hot Chelle Rae - I Like It Like That ft. New Boyz
  • FM$
  • Stefano - I'm on a Roll ft. Rock Mafia, New Boyz
  • Tydis - Make Me Say Feat New Boyz



Year Title Role Notes
2012 We the Party As H-One & Stunner Support role
2014 School Dance Themselves Support role


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