SOURCE: Atlantic Records

July 01, 2005 13:27 ET

"BOYZ N DA HOOD" Debuts With #5 Entry on Billboard 200; Also Ranks as #1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album in the Country

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 1, 2005 -- "BOYZ N DA HOOD," the debut album from Bad Boy/Block Entertainment recording artists Boyz N Da Hood, has made an explosive premiere on the Billboard 200 -- entering the chart at an impressive #5 with-a-bullet, and ranking as this week's highest debut. With more than 101,000 units sold in its first week, "BOYZ N DA HOOD" is also the #1 album on both Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Rap Albums" charts. The collection -- which features the hit single "Dem Boyz" -- is the first release from the new joint venture between Bad Boy Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

"Dem Boyz" continues to blow up at Urban radio, coming in this week at #15 with-a-bullet, while also ranking among the format's top 5 Most Increased Plays. The single has also bulleted into the top 20 on Billboard's "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" listing and is climbing the charts at CHR/Rhythmic outlets nationwide.

The video clip for "Dem Boyz" is the #2 Most Played video this week on BET. Boyz N Da Hood recently gave an exclusive performance on the BET Awards pre-show and have hosted the "Rap City Top 10 Countdown" and performed on "106 & Park."

At MTV, "Dem Boyz" is the week's #15 most-played video. Over at MTV2, "Dem Boyz" is featured on the "Hip Hop Show," and MTV Jams has the clip in Sizzlin' rotation.

Boyz N Da Hood are also featured on Grand Hustle/Atlantic's upcoming soundtrack to the film "Hustle & Flow" (due in stores on July 12th).

Comprised of Duke, Big Gee, Jeezy, and Jody Breeze, Boyz N Da Hood is a collaboration of four of the grimiest, truest rappers to ever come from the ATL. Inspired by the legendary gangsta supergroup NWA, their debut album displays the quartet's undeniable chemistry, with each member offering his own unique style and streetwise perspective. The 16-track set explicitly conveys the harsh realities of their Dirty South 'hood on such electrifying tracks as "Gangstas," featuring Eazy E, "Felonies," and "Don't Put Your Hands On Me."

Executive produced by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Russell "Block" Spencer, and featuring production by Jazze Pha (T.I., Nelly, Twista), Frank Nitti, DJ Toomp (Ludacris, T.I., Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz), and Erik Sermon, "BOYZ N DA HOOD" packs the summer's hardest-hitting hip-hop punch.

Also look out for the "Dem Boyz Got Rims" national promotion, where one lucky fan will win a set of Sean John rims. Go to for more details.

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