Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’re cruising back to 2000 for a look at Missy Elliott‘s ‘Hot Boyz.’ Found on her 1999-released sophomore effort, ‘Da Real World,’ the Lil Mo-featured album cut of ‘Boyz’ was already a fan favorite before it was officially released in November of that year. Thanks to a remix featuring fellow rappers Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip, and a cinematic-style visual the rapstress was quickly becoming known for, the tune blasted to #1 peak on rap charts and #5 peak on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week the following year).
Becoming her first top 5 single as a leading act, the song – some 18 years later – remains a leader among her wealth of hits and still gets crowds moving. Your reminder awaits inside: