In keeping with their “Lost Boyz For Life” vow, the Lost Boyz are back! The remaining members of the Platinum selling rap group, Mr. Cheeks, Pretty Lou, and Spigg Nice have re-united to work on their fifth studio album titled "Family Business". The project is slated for a 2011 release, and will feature extended Lost Boyz family members, Dramatic Da Dj, and rapper Black Smoke.
In addition to touring and working diligently in the studio with grammy award winning producers to put forth a solid project, the Lost Boyz recently inked an endorsement deal with Forever K Michael Designer Eyewear. Forever K Michael's "From Day, til Dark" campaign featuring the Lost Boyz launched nationally in high-end retail and online in August 2010. In support of the sleek and sexy designer eyewear line, the Lost Boyz will also participate in special Forever K Michael events in retail stores around the country.
The original dreadlocked South Jamaica, Queens rap quartet consisted of Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, Pretty Lou, and Spigg Nice busted on the scene in 1995 with their highly acclaimed debut cd, Legal Drug Money. The classic album featured five Billboard Hot 100 hits: “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Shameless”, “Renee”, “Music Makes Me High”, “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz, & Benz”, and “Get Up”. The five singles topped the R&B and Rap charts as well. Legal Drug Money was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1996 and later certified Platinum.
The Lost Boyz certified Gold sophomore album, Love, Peace & Nappiness, released in 1997 and featured R&B /Rap chart topper and Hot 100 hit single, “Me & My Crazy World”. Deemed underground favorites, the Lost Boyz enjoyed success, toured the world, blessed stages overseas, and participated in countless projects. The group contributed its “Renee” single to the Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood soundtrack, were featured in the hip hop documentary, Rhyme and Reason, Statistic, and appeared in Sprite’s “Obey Your Thirst” television commercial.
At the height of the group’s success, Freaky Tah was tragically murdered in March 1999. The remaining group members forged through the pain of losing their LB family member, and finished their third album, LB IV Life. The album featuring Freaky Tah was dedicated to the LB fallen soldier and released six months after his death. Shortly after the release of LB IV Life, the group took a long hiatus, and Spigg Nice became incarcerated.
In late 2001, Mr. Cheeks resurfaced as a solo artist. His debut solo album, John P. Kelly, featured the hit single “Lights, Camera, Action!” and collaborations with Stephen Marley (son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley) on the ballad “Till We Meet Again” (recorded in Freaky Tah’s memory) and the reggae- flavored “Mama Say”. The Lost Boyz chief rapper released three solo albums and appeared on various projects including Lil Kim’s hit single, “The Jump Off”.
“Lost Boyz Forever”, a compilation album of previously unreleased tracks, as well as past hits feature the original members as well as rare, unreleased vocals from Freaky Tah himself was released in 2005. With both Platinum and Gold success, seven albums (collectively), and a cult following under their belts, the “Feel Good & Party Anthem Hip Hop” kings are back! Although, Spigg Nice remains incarcerated, he will lend his vocals and creativity to the pending project.
The demand from loyal Lost Boyz fans and supporters for new Lost Boyz music is at an all time high!
“It’s LB fam no matter what. We’re still here, still trendsetting, still holding things down and making hot music. We represent that lost society of cats that didn’t think that they could do it. Now, we’re coming back to the ring. ” – Mr. Cheeks