The Photographer Who Shot the Hot Boys on the Cusp of Stardom

Richard Ross travelled from New York to New Orleans in 1998 to photograph Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile, and Turk, just as Cash Money exploded. We speak with him about the experience, almost 20 years on.


"Bling Bling" Was Just the Best Thing Ever

The song isn't just Lil Wayne's breakout moment; it's also a foundational part of rap itself.


Turk Reflects on Lil Wayne and the Hot Boys

In an interview with A Year of Lil Wayne, the Hot Boy reflects on their classic albums and the need for a Cash Money reunion.


Come On, This Lil Wayne Line Is Good and What Else Is There to Say?

Let's wrap up 'Tha Block Is Hot' with "Come On."


Nothing Was Hotter Than the Hot Boys' 'Guerrilla Warfare'

In the video for "We on Fire," B.G. actually caught on fire.


It's July 4 and It's Time for "Tha Block Is Hot"

You got that mayo? Well, cook something!


Let's Enjoy Some Rhymes with the Version of the Hot Boys We Never Enjoy

'Let 'Em Burn' does not get much attention, for understandable reasons. But that doesn't mean Wayne's rapping isn't fun to listen to.


A Year of Lil Wayne: What Was It Like to Discover Wayne in the 90s?

Imagine a time before the word "bling" even existed, when you couldn't just look an unknown rapper up online.


A Year of Lil Wayne: High. Beamin'.

"When somebody puts they high beams on behind you, they blinding you. When we put our ice on, we be blinding you like high beams.”


A Year of Lil Wayne: Mannie Fresh Should Soundtrack a Movie

Also Turk shared some memories of the songwriting process of "Kisha" and B.G.'s "Help."


A Year of Lil Wayne: Hot Boys and Three 6 Done Cliqued Up, Whoadie

In 1999, Cash Money and Hypnotize Minds connected for a posse cut that will still make you turn the club upside down.


A Year of Lil Wayne: The Hot Boys' "Dirty World"

Two decades ago, The Hot Boys were talking about many of the same issues we face today.