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Hesperia, Los Angeles CA, United States (2008 – present)

The New Boyz are a hip hop group and jerkin’ crew from Hesperia, California comprised of rappers Earl “Ben J” Benjamin and Dominic “Legacy” Thomas. After meeting as freshmen at Hesperia High School they released their debut single You’re a Jerk, which was based on the local dance style of jerkin’. It became a national hit and paved the way for them to release their debut album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic in September 2009 and release another successful single, Tie Me Down featuring Ray J.

New Boyz are the 18 year old rappers that lead the jerk movement. They made the hit song “You’re a Jerk.” New Boyz started in 2008 as an underground youth phenomenon from the high desert of southern California, but in only a matter of months, they’ve become rising stars on a national level. In this short time period, 18-year-olds Ben J and Legacy have gone from shows in local high school gyms to performing on the red carpet at the BET Awards and booking an impressive lineup of concerts across the country.

This astounding jump comes from the success of their song “You’re a Jerk,” a hypnotic dancefloor-filler that the New York Times called “pretty much perfect.” Though it started as a favorite on MySpace, it has turned into a certified hit. It not only became the most requested track on influential L.A. radio station Power 106, but it’s taken over playlists around the country. During its first week for sale on iTunes, “You’re a Jerk” sold over 53 thousand copies.

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