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It’s a lot different from the first project. We’ve grown as artists. Our main focus is to show the world what we’re really capable of lyrically and on a creative level.
New Boyz open up to Soundcheck about their ambitious sophomore record, ‘Too Cool To Care,' and their powerful message to the haters. Plus, the teen rappers let loose on Eminem, Kanye, and the real story behind the "jerk." Check out our live set with New Boyz - and go pick up a copy of ‘Too Cool To Care’ online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Playing The Clown:
Legacy: “We met in tenth grade and we had the same class. I was the class clown; he was the class clown! We’d always get in trouble and get sent to detention together. That’s how we became cool because we kept getting Saturday schooled together!”
On Working With The Cataracs:
Ben J: “They’re just some chill people. They’re like the new future of music. Dev is hot!”
On Why They’re Too Cool To Care:
Legacy: “When we first put out our first record there was a lot of negative criticism. We had the skinny jeans and we were dancing. [The haters] take stuff too seriously. We’re too cool for that. We’re too cool to care what people think.”
On Rumors They’ve Gone Pop:
Legacy: “A lot of people are saying that because we made a pop track we went mainstream. We were being creative. We wanted to try something new out! I feel like people take stuff too seriously in this industry. Do what you want to do. Make what you want to make. If you’re creative, let it be known.”
On Their "Jerking" Legacy:
Legacy: “We didn’t invent the jerk. We were just kids in L.A. at the time and we just happened to make a song about it that blew up.”
Legacy: “Kanye West definitely inspired me the most when I first started listening to rap. When I [first began] writing stuff, I listened to Eminem and tried to flow in that kind of way.”
• New Boyz is: Earl “Ben J” Benjamin and Dominic “Legacy” Thomas.
• They made “jerking’” famous. The New Boyz created ‘You’re A Jerk,’ a video phenomenon that racked up over 60 million views on YouTube and other video platforms.
• The critics love ‘em! The L.A. Times praised New Boyz’ “catchiness and charisma,” and The New York Times called their debut “one of the year’s most charming rap debuts, and certainly the least expected.”
• They want their follow-up disc to show that they’re more capable than just "jerking." Explains Legacy: “The first album was more jerking oriented. This album is focused on expressing ourselves to the girls!”
• ‘Too Cool To Care’ is in stores now! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
New Boyz recently invited fans to the set of their new video, 'Backseat,' and the response was overwhelming. Explains Legacy: “It was cool! There were people from all around the country. There were two old people, like 65 years old, and they wanted to be in the video!”
“I remember Pharrell used to rap in tight jeans with Ice Creams…” With that opening line, the New Boyz kick off the lead track from their debut album, ‘Skinny Jeanz And A Mic.’ ‘Cricketz’ is classic New Boyz with a lyrical shout-out designed to silence their harshest critics.
You’re A Jerk
The hit single from ‘Skinny Jeanz And A Mic’ became a viral phenomenon (with over 60 millions hits on YouTube and other video platforms). Today it’s given a fresh take alongside New Boyz’ signature moves. Raps Legacy: “Do me a favor / Call me "jerk" one more time…”
Better With The Lights Off
The second single from ‘Too Cool To Care’ showcases polished beats and vocals courtesy of Chris Brown (not present at today’s Soundcheck set). Today's downtown L.A. set marks the first time the Boyz have performed the song live.
Tie Me Down
Closing with the second single from ‘Skinny Jeans And A Mic,’ the 19 year-old New Boyz proclaim their freedom and youth: “I think we should wait for it / I mean later we can try things out / But not right now.”