Atlanta-based rap group Shop Boyz ruled the music world with their 2007 hit single ‘Party Like a Rock Star.’ Taken off their first and only album, the track reached Number 2 on Billboard Hot 100, won the group a BET Hip Hop Award for Best Track in 2007, and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. ‘Party Like a Rockstar’ turned cousins Demetrius “Meany” Hardin and Richard “Fat” Stephens, along with their best friend Rasheed “Sheed” Hightower into household names.
But the popularity of the song wasn’t enough to make ‘Rockstar Mentality’ a top-selling album. Despite debuting at Number 11 on Billboard 200, to date, the album has sold less than 200,000 copies. Their follow up single, ‘They Like Me,’ performed poorly as well, only peaking at Number 98 on the charts. And their 2008 single ‘Up Thru There’ charted in the lower regions of R&B charts. By the end of 2008, Shop Boyz were officially a one-hit wonder. Dropped by Universal, the group resorted to releasing mixed tapes to much less fanfare.
After a collaboration album with C-Murder in 2010, the group released a mixtape titled ‘Gift and a Curse’ in 2015. And that was it for Shop Boyz. It’s as if the one-hit wonder god just had it in for them or something. They had a catchy song, with the silliest lyrics, that got stuck in everyone’s head. It was popular, charting in the top 10, was the top downloaded ringtone of 2007, but the album still sold less than a couple hundred thousand copies. The group is still active, but at the rate things are going, it’s safe to say the group will probably never achieve mainstream success again.
Miami Based, Internationally Known