The group was originally formed in 1997, and released their debut recording studio LP Get It How U Live! the same year on then-independent label Ca$h Money to local success, selling 400,000 copies primarily in the south. They followed up with 1999’s Guerrilla Warfare, the group's most commercially successful album to date, selling 142,000 copies in its first week and debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Platinum on November 1, 1999 by the RIAA. The group disbanded in 2001 when 3 of the original 4 members left Ca$h Money, leaving Lil Wayne as the only original member signed to the label. Despite this, one more Hot Boys album was released, 2003’s Let 'Em Burn, composed of material originally recorded between 1998 and 2000.