Today In Hip-Hop: Lost Boyz Releases ‘Legal Drug Money’

On this day, June 3, in hip-hop history…

Lost Boyz


1996: The Lost Boyz—a group of four MCs from  from South Jamaica, Queens, NYC that consisted of Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou—hit the ground running with their debut album Legal Drug Money. “Renee,” “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless,”“Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”“Get Up,” “Music Makes Me High” were the hit singles that made their debut so classic. “Renee” was undoubtedly their best record on the album, which was also featured on the soundtrack of Shawn and Marlon Wayans’ 1996 comedy film Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. 

Legal Drug Money sold pretty well. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. It was certified Gold by the RIAA just two months after it was released. The Lost Boyz had the ability to represent Queens and South Jamaica to the fullest, showcasing amazing storytelling ability.

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