2 Chainz' 'Used 2' Video Is a Love Letter to Hot Boys, Starring Hot Boys

Tity Boi reunites Mannie Fresh, Juvenile, Turk, and Lil Wayne for 'B.O.A.T.S. II' visual

Jordan Sargent WRITTEN BY
Jordan Sargent

Drake did it first, but 2 Chainz did it better. The "it" here refers to ripping off Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" and paying tribute to the legendary rap group Hot Boys — that Cash Money quartet of Juvie, Turk, B.G., and a teenage Lil Wayne. With the video for his new single "Used 2" — from his excellent new album B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time — Chainz does in reality what Drizzy only did in abstract: he reunites the Hot Boys in their hometown of New Orleans, in the process removing his contemporary's self-mythologizing from current '90s nostalgia.

Whereas Drake — supposedly a member of the newfangled version of the Hot Boys — mugged and preened for the camera in a Hot Boys costume in the video for "No New Friends," 2 Chainz cedes the floor to the people he's borrowing from: Juvie, Mannie, and Turk, most notably, but also to New Orleans locals dancing to the "Triggerman" beat that is the backbone of both the city's bounce music and "Used 2" itself. 2 Chainz here manages to pay homage to a moment while also creating something individual.

Of course, maybe we shouldn't be surprised that someone with a history of subverting expectation managed to do it again.

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