Lil Wayne will launch his own hometown music festival, Lil WeezyAna Fest, this August in New Orleans, and while the lineup hasn’t been announced yet, one act has been revealed: The reunited Hot Boys, the Cash Money group that put Tha Carter III rapper on the map. As part of the August 28th performance at New Orleans’ Champions Square, Lil Wayne will reteam with Juvenile, Turk and Mannie Fresh, who produced all three of the group’s studio albums, AllHipHop reports.
However, the Hot Boys reformation won’t be a full reunion: B.G., the fourth member of the group, is currently serving a 14-year federal prison sentence stemming from a 2009 arrest for gun possession and witness tampering. The Hot Boys recorded three albums together – 1997’s Get It How U Live!, 1999’s Guerilla Warfare and 2003’s Let ‘Em Burn – before Lil Wayne’s solo career hit big with Tha Carter series. Juvenile enjoyed his own success as well with the 1999 track “Back That Thang Up.”
While there hasn’t been a full-fledged Hot Boys reunion since B.G., Juvenile and Turk all left Cash Money in 2003, the members continued to appear on each others’ tracks throughout the years: B.G. popped up on Turk’s 2003 cut “Putcharaggsup,” Wayne and Juvenile appeared on B.G.’s 2009 track “Ya Heard Me,” among other occasion get-togethers.
Tickets for the Lil WeezyAna fest go on sale July 11th at 10 a.m. Central time at Ticketmaster. The announcement of Wayne’s own music festival comes just days after the rapper dropped his surprise mixtape FWA, or the Free Weezy Album, as a Tidal exclusive. Lil Wayne aligned himself with Jay Z’s streaming service after engaging in a war of words and lawsuits with Cash Money Records and its CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams, Lil Wayne’s mentor and the man who helped bring the Hot Boys to prominence.