"Rodney Toole" (born June 25, 1985) better known by his stage
name "Hot Rod" or "Young Hot Rod". He is an
American rapper and singer, who is signed to G-Note Records, which
is a subsidiary label of 50 Cent's G-Unit Records.
Raised in Sacramento, California, he attended Natomas High School.
Hot Rod would send his homemade demo CD to 50 Cent's G-Unit office's
in hope the record label would sign him. After 50 Cent heard the CD
he thought that Hot Rod's easy flow reminded him of his own. It was
December 2005 when 50 Cent called to offer him a deal.
Hot Rod started in hip-hop as a teenager in the late ‘90s, making
beats. “When my pops made me his assistant music engineer at
the church. That's when I realized my passion for music,” he
reflects, “I've always had it in my blood so there was no stopping
me from that point on”.
Hot Rod's music style has varied over his career, his first single "Be
Easy" which featured Mary J. Blige, was of the Hip hop/Rap genre,
but it later changed when touring over in Europe. He said this about
his new style of music, "I've enhanced my style to something more
worldwide. I have records that are 130bpm, great dance records”.
Since joining G-Unit Records, Hot Rod has stayed touring and performing
in over 20 countries. “My musical ear has expanded. Now the music
I make is incredible and I can't wait to unleash it to the world," also
he said, “the music I'm currently making is something that you
wouldn't expect from a G-Unit artist and it’s helping me stand
on my own two feet, Its definitely a good way to brand myself as an
artist with my own sound.”
Hot Rod released his first single in August 2006, called "Be
Easy" off what was supposed to be his debut album called "The
Fast Lane". The song featured R&B singer Mary J. Blige and
was released under the labels G-Unit / Interscope. The single failed
to gain any major chart success and therefore he was dropped from the
label Interscope in late 2006.
2010 - Present: My Life
On December 16, 2010 after four years of waiting Hot Rod released
a second single, and first single called "Dance With Me" off
his upcoming album called "My Life". This was the first
single ever to be released under the newly formed under G-Note / G-Unit
Records label. In an interview with vibe magazine Hot Rod revealed
that his album, which is called "My Life", is slated for
a summer 2011 release date. He also stated that he had been working
with producers such as David Guetta, Akon and Pharrell. Hot
Rod has been recording music for his debut album, which was previously
called "Fast Lane", since he had signed with G-Unit in 2006.
Hot Rod tweeted that he was working with Snoop Dogg on his album.
Hot Rod released the second single off of his upcoming album called, "Hot
Girl" after it was premiered on Hot97 by Dj Kastone.