24. Hot Boys "Get It How U Live!!" (1997)
Producer: Mannie Fresh
Album: Get It How U Live!!
Label: Cash Money
A 2008 Time Magazine profile of Wayne once embarrassingly dismissed the Hot boys as "'N*Sync with shivs." Sure, this puts a tidy bookend on the Wayne narrative-from shameless lowbrow pop star to respectable pop superstar-but it's a complete falsification. In reality, the Hot Boys project was more often a lyrical training ground for the roster, forgoing the poppier elements of other Cash Money releases in favor of straight spitting.
Usually it seemed like Wayne and Turk were apprenticing under or playing support to the more weathered Juvenile and B.G., but occasionally they stepped into the limelight. The title track from their debut is one such case, with Wayne rocking the lead-off verse and offering some very specific hustler mathematics.