BLOG: Remember Lost Boyz?

Full disclosure, I’m from Jamaica, Queens, so I might be biased in my appreciation of Lost Boyz…the actual group, not the street crew, although it’s all the same. In case you don’t know, the rap group itself consisted of Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou, but many of you probably couldn’t point the latter two out in a lineup. Whether you thought they were a glorified street gang or not, Mr. Cheeks and company managed to make gritty anthems that appealed to the corner boys, the cool kids and even honor students like myself. There was a time when you couldn’t escape that “chick named Renee” on the radio. Plus, Freaky Tah, if he were still around, could teach DJ Khaled a thing or too about the art of adlibbing.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mr. Cheeks was the only one who spit, and he wasn’t crazy nice so I won’t make any claims about him lyrically, but he did have a knack for storytelling. Suffice to say, having their 1996 debut Legal Drug Money in your CD stash was imperative. Being confined to my Queens habitat, though, I was never exactly sure how big the Lost Boyz were outside of New York, or even Guy R. Brewer Blvd for that matter. I just checked and Legal Drug Money is only certified gold, having sold about 832,000 copies. But back when I was in junior high and high school, joints like “Lifestyles of the Rich & Shameless,” “Jeeps, Lex, Coups, Bimas & Benz” ( I had no idea what a Bima was before that song came out) and “Music Makes Me High” were crucial to many a basement party. Just try and stop a Queens heads from doing that damn hand dance dressed in Timbs and a bubble coat and see what happened.

After Tah was murdered in 1999, the remaining Lost Boyz split and Cheeks attempted what I guess you can call a solo career (“Lights, Camera, Action” anyone?) Then in 2004, Spigg Nice was sentenced to 37 years in prison for bank robbery, which is news to me. And the rest is history. Lost Boyz might not have been huge, but for a short time in the ’90s they were big on my block. —clovito

  • Rob The Music Ed

    Where’s B.Dot?!?

    • Brian “B.Dot” Miller

      B.Dot here. Legal Drug Money is a classic album…this is not up for debate

      • Rob The Music Ed

        If you took “Channel Zero” off the track listing I may be able to support that statement!

        • Brian “B.Dot” Miller

          E-Beef! dont start no ish, Bobby, that song is dope! Maybe not as hot as the other tracks, but still caliente nonetheless

        • chad bro chill

          we got lost when we lost one of the lost boys

  • jbird

    mr. cheeks is the shizzle. that John P. Kelly cd is it. go grab that. lights, camera, action one of the least fav joints on there. the rest of the cd blows that song out the water. go cop it. this cd is timeless. all the memories i got with this cd are unforgetable.
    GO COP THIS ALBUM!!! JOHN P KELLY

  • Pierzy

    Well, “Beasts From The East” and “Music Makes Me High (Remix)” are certified classics and the first includes one of the sickest verses in history from Canibus. Also, “Renee” was all over the radio that summer too.

  • Lester Diamond

    Legal Drug Money was one of my favorite albums back in the day. LB fam was one of the best groups to come out of the 90′s.

  • clovito

    curse whoever stole my lost boyz CD from my dorm room

  • louie mo

    maybe it’s just me but i still play their cds(yeah nigga i said cds……… fuck a ipod!!!!!!!!!!)…… legal drug money gets play at the crib all day long…….

  • Curtis75Black

    They had a tight debut and it was heard outside of Queens, NY. Besides Flavor Flav,Freeky Tah was the illest with the adlibs with his grimy voice and I never heard a rapper mention Blunts more than Redman but I’m quite sure Mr. Cheeks can give him a run for his money for the song “Renee”. PEEPS THOSE LYRICS – shit is hilarious when you listen. Classic.

  • that nigga

    I cant lie. I really respected the Lost Boyz and I gotta dig In the crates and pull that TAPE CASSETTE out. No lie.

  • Matt Herbz

    Yeah, I remember this shit. It was a banger in its day. Dude had a unique voice and that counts for something in hip hop. Shame what happened to the rest of the crew.

    –Matt Herbz–

  • capcobra

    nobody rep south jamaica like the lost boyz…i’m from linden boulie…springfield to van wyck…3rd generation 7 crowns…and the lost boyz embodied all the good bad n ugly of the hood…g.unit.organized konfusion.onyx etc..all brung certain elements n qualities but the lost boyz was THE movement….all the way from the streets to the radio to bet n mtv they held it down…they shit was hood.club.pop and entertaining all in one….the dreads.the handshake.the dance.the goons.the voices.the music…come on man…my dudes had street cred plus hit songs and a stageshow from baisley park…lmao…but the lost boyz will never be forgotten…they will always be legendary…AND LASTLY R.I.P MY NIGGA FREAKY TAH..

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jackpot

    B. Dot is on the train reading this right now. True story. You know what was my joint? “The Yearn” (Pete Rock Remix).

    • og bobby j

      The Cheeba…the Liquor….the Condoms…hit the ass…..

      • PH

        THAT WAS MY SONG!!!!

  • Og Bobby J

    “is you down, to go pound for pound, toe to toe, blow for blow, round for round?”

    Legal drug money makes my top 10 list….yea i said it. Growing up in queens, this shit was essential. Top to bottom that shit was iller.

    Jamacia ave…springfield…stand the fuck up

  • PH

    excellent post…that was my joint!!!

    even your grandmama did that hand dance!

    Mr. Cheeks did have skilz though it was the voice and flow and he was a great storyteller at a time when there wasn’t many, even Tah could go in for a couple bars (may have been the best ad libber EVAH)

  • yaboiTwists

    ya that ish wz on hit…i remeber bangin that one hook by cheeks..’ i c ya style..ya probly aint never hit a blunt b4..’ my god cheeks’ delivery wz on point bakk then..too bad all good things had 2 come to an end..even tragically for theez cats n tah..RIP..but i aint frontin on these tracks bigg homies..good post…one!!!

  • amar

    no.

    • E

      “no” ain’t no country I ever heard of! They speak English in “no”?!

      • amar

        yes.

  • Big Pinch

    All I have to say is Me & my crazy world was my joint at the time. Was goin through the same shit Cheeks was talkin bout. Always good to have music to help u get by

  • DLopez

    Damn clovito, you brought back memories from elementary school. Music makes me high! Dope post.

  • VEE

    HELL YEA I REMEBER THE LOST BOYS…DAMN WHAT HAPPENED TO MR. CHEEKS? LAST I SAW HIM HE WAS UP WITH KIM…DURING THE PROCESS OF HER TURNING INTO A BARBIE!!!

  • CORLIONE39

    I JUS COPPD THIZZ LAST MUNTH AGAIN I PLAYD THA SHIT OUT OF IT BACC N THA DAY N IM FRUM THA WEST COAST!!! BUT AFTER TAH PASSD ON THEY LOST THAT SPARK THEY HAD

  • Arcey

    All their singles were bangin’ – I liked that joint with the Dogg Pound, remix to “Music Makes Me High”… “Masta I.C. (remix)”
    with Mic Geronimo, “Me & My Crazy World” & like Jackpot said “The Yearn” even tho IMO Pete Rock killed it

    R.I.P. Freaky Tah (almost 10 years, damn)- he was the soul of this group

  • mr.martin

    this is the most half ass tribute to a group ive seen in a while. “i thinK” and “which is news to me” doesnt sound like somebody in the know or that did their research. Plus you lived on guy brew. Might want to get a fan or someone in the loop next time

    • clovito

      it’s not a “tribute,” just a quick reminisce, not that serious, so chill out and write one better. i didn’t say i lived on guy r. brewer. and oh forgive me for not knowing the whereabouts of the great spigg nice. *rolls eyes

      one!

      • Rob the Music Ed

        Clove don’t you hate these cats who swear they can do their job better than you!?!

        When XXL does a “tribute” to Quo we’ll let you write it Mr. Martin, might be right up ya alley!

        Now run along and go Wiki that!

  • miles archer

    Yeah, out in Baltimore we banged the shit outta that album. I remember 92Q playing “Renee”, “Lex, Coupes…” and “Music Makes Me High” constantly.
    I actually bought Love, Peace, and Nappiness just to hear that Canibus verse after it got the Hip Hop qoutable in The Source(damn, times have changed).
    That’s the first time I heard about Spiggs Nice doing 37 years.
    R.I.P. Tah

  • miles archer

    Yeah, out in Baltimore we banged the shit outta that album. I remember 92Q playing “Renee”, “Lex, Coupes…” and “Music Makes Me High” constantly.
    I actually bought Love, Peace, and Nappiness just to hear that Canibus verse after it got the Hip Hop qoutable in The Source(damn, times have changed).
    That’s the first time I heard about Spiggs Nice doing 37 years.
    R.I.P. Tah

    Myspace.com/fastlifearchitects

  • dirty

    yeah that shit banged for like a whole year. it wasnt just hot in queens i stayed in delaware and that shit was everywhere here.and that problems joint was the hottest.

  • Doughpinionated

    Legal Drug Money is one of the greatest group
    albumz of ALL time. LB came out of a classic era,where many of the artists are still relavant today, Jay-Z, Nas. Even classics from the Fugees, Pac came out in this time period.

  • JamPo

    That shit was big in tha A too……..”Keep It Real” was that glass…..those niggas turned niggas on alotta NY swagger…..they prolly the most beloved NY artists in the south…..

  • dolo

    TO omit Easy MO Bee from this article is a travesty . He deserves credit for these beats . not to mention the biggie ish .. Easy Mo bee gets no credit for east coast sound during this era… He was flippin ish .

  • http://xxlmag.com B.A.G.

    Lost Boyz were the shit way out here in California! LB Fam 4 Life was a dope album as well. R.I.P Tah

  • wax

    concerning your statement of not knowing if anyone else knew of ‘em back then, I was rocking that cassette in a small country town of 3000 people in central texas. I used to cop my hip hop tapes at wal mart – they had like one small little tiny section where you could get ‘em

  • The Don

    Ok can some one please tell me what pretty lou did

  • youngguru

    I was just listing to “Legal Drug Money”early this week classic. damn that’s the 1st time I heard about Spigg Nice…damn hold ya head

    r.i.p freaky tah.

  • ripsta

    1,2,3 thousand proplems! that was my shit, i remember i beat this phillipinos ass because he stole my lost boyz cd.

  • Marco V.

    Yo I aint gon front I aint ever heard of them cats bein is How Im on tah west coast and I grew up Surrounded by Death Row and Bone Thugs N harmony, But That shits dope, Ima have to get that shit, good lookin foe Puttin Me Up on that

  • Rae Tha Great

    I been banging that since 06 thats my shit. I don’t have the book to know all the track by name but that album was classic to me. “I’M RIPPING OUT MY BRAIDS, BUT I CAN’T GET TO MY BRAIN.” PEACE

  • UARK

    Don’t know who these cats are, but will definitely check them out. By the way, if you are crate digging, grab Del tha Funky Homosapian’s “Both Sides of the Brain”

  • http://Www.xxxmag.com Bob kimiywi

    I don’ know men but cheek’s the bes’ rapper ever no question nor debate you dig r.i.p tah

  • T.C.

    they have in my opinion iconic status off the strength of renee alone that is one of my favorite songs from back when i was 11

    • Black John Jay

      Lost Boyz..the greatest group ever.

  • ty from linden blvd

    check the user name u already know what it is…..

    speaking of renee,does anybody have the original version of the song?i remember before the album came out officially it leaked on the streets(like a year early)and was a lil different from the retail version.anybody have this shit post it up.

    • Q Double

      This was a much needed post, it brought back a lot of good times. I remember when Love, Peace, and Nappiness dropped the same day as CNN War report (Another classic). Those were the Hot Waxx days (If you don’t know about Hot Waxx and took the bus through The Ave., kill yourself). I got the whole LB and Mr. Cheeks catalog, they made party records point blank. I still bump my LB joints, especially in the summer time. My summer can’t be right without it.

    • E-Mo

      I think the original was on the Don’t be a Menace to So. Central… soundtrack. Not as fire as the remix tho.

  • DXL

    I was living in London at the time and they were big, we loved them and they had some funny dances, funny but cool, their first album actually made 100 best albums as of 1998 which holds true, their second album was cool, it had me and my crazy world and they introduced the world to Canibus.

    Yes LB fam…check it out kid

  • G13 smoker

    shiit dem niggaz was big in europe to
    my dad my uncles & older cousins
    blasted that shit the whole summer in 96
    i was 9 then but evry once in a whule i still bumb to their shit and that remix of troy with mr cheecs and cl smooth was nice to
    so say what you wanna say but them niggaz made a impact on me growing up and shit im from amsterdam

  • sb

    dxl you are right, they had a unique combination of street,party,storytelling and my man’s tah’s voice use to get me hyped..i liked when he used to spit..those dudes had their own style..i met them one day when i was up at universal records real cool down to earth cats…as a matter of fact tah was the first to come up to me and give me a pound….we need a group like the LB right now..

  • Dj Suplex

    I remember them doing a concert in South London with Heltah Skeltah back in 96. I knew one of the promoters and at the time he had to apply for their passports as they had never left the US before that. They had a big following back then R.I.P Freaky Tah

  • dechelle

    I live in NC and from NY and I love Lost Boyz…I still bang the cd to this day. Trust Lost Boyz gits luv in NC. They albums straight up classics.

  • Derek

    Lost Boyz was big in my counrty (ZIMBABWE)so yall kno my fav line “To me your nuttin but a needle in the hay stack, Listen kid Ive been doing this since way back, In the day, ace duce tre, at the best Up to ZIMBABWEEE”,these dudes introduced me to rap music and Legal Drug Money was a must have for all da boys in high school,best yrs eva. Shame bout Tah & Spigg,this group deserve more cred than wot they get and got,one of the coolest groups to eva bless da mic, LB 4 Life…..

    • BATSI

      MOS DEF FEEL THE ZIM LINE

  • Khayan from the bronx

    I LOVE THIS PIECE. IAM 27 AND FROM NYC SO THIS WAS MY TIME. I LOVE THE LOST BOY. LEGAL DRUG MONEY IS A CLASSIC. THE YEARN FT PETE ROCK WAS CRAZY. MUSIC MAKES ME HIGH IS IN MY TOP 10 OF ALL TIME. I CAN REALLY GO ON AND ON. FOR THE LOST BOYS TO DO THERE THING AT THAT TIME IN RAP WAS CRAZY. FOR THEM TO GET THAT MANY SPINS ON HOT 97 WHEN B.I.G WAS ALIVE PAC AND ALL THAT WEST COAST MUSIC. THATS GREATNESS. THANKS FOR THE LOVE FOR THE LB FAM

  • JP

    Thanks.
    I will ROCK-OUT to dat cd da rest of month and this summer too! Better dan alot crap-ola dat been comin out lately!!