Birdman's been in the music business since 1991, so you have to figure at this point the Cash Money co-founder has seen it all. That's why it's great to see the veteran music mogul still get excited about hip-hop's youngest guns.
Last week, Baby invited me and a handful of other journalists to a New York City recording studio to listen to new Rich Gang tracks. If you've been under a rock for the past few months, the newest iteration of Birdman's RG collective revolves around Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and, of course, Bird himself.
During our intimate listening session, Baby claimed to have over 800 RG songs recorded and played about 15 for us. All of the tracks were great, honestly, but there's one track in particular that will surely throw rap fans into a tizzy.
"We the new Hot Boys... Birdman told me we remind him of the Hot Boys," Rich Homie Quan sings on the hook of a song, which I assume will be titled "Hot Boys" when it's officially released.
For those who don't know, Hot Boys was a group comprised of Birdman's hottest solo artists in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Juvenile, B.G., Turk and (a much less-famous) Lil Wayne banded together to wave the Cash Money flag and earn the label platinum plaques. For fans of slick, syrupy southern rap, Hot Boys were hip-hop's explicit answer to 'NSYNC, or the Backstreet Boys (minus the Burger King endorsement).
They are beloved, so when Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug officially draw the comparison, the rap portion of the Internet will explode with debate -- I am sure of it. There are some who will agree, and in true Internet fashion, many will protest with digital anger.
There are some who truly believe Migos are better than the Beatles and others who treat the notion as musical sacrilege. This is how the Internet works in 2014.
Maybe RHQ and Thugger Thugger aren't the new Hot Boys, but tell that to Birdman, who bounced in and out of the studio's control room, while the latest Rich Gang tracks blared through the speakers. Baby never made the Hot Boys comparison himself, but during the entire night he looked as excited as a mogul who put together his very first supergroup.