Hard Boyz was a rap group from Atlanta, Georgia. The crew was composed of three members, K.T., Big D and Royal C, formally signed to Ichiban and Big Beat Records.
Though a lot of MCs were based in Atlanta in the '80s and '90s, not many of them were gangsta rappers. A rare example of an Atlanta group embracing straight-up gangsta rap in the early '90s were the Hard Boyz. Heavily influenced by agitators like N.W.A, Ice-T, and the Geto Boys, the Hard Boyz rap in the first person about thug life in the ghetto.
None of the material is distinctive or adds anything new to gangsta rap - except for the references to Atlanta (which the rappers call A-Town), there isn't much to distinguish the Hard Boyz from similar artists who have provided graphic, bloody, first-person narratives about the inner city's harsh realities. Be that as it may, the Hard Boyz come up with some catchy beats and memorable rhymes here and there. "Death Row," for example, is a poignant commentary on the high mortality rate among young blacks in parts of Atlanta, but the disturbing scenarios it describes could just as easily apply to the South Bronx or New Orleans.
Originally signed to Ichiban Records, the Hard Boys released their debut album on March 5, 1992 entitled A-Town Hard Heads. After a four year hiatus, the renamed Hard Boyz returned in 1996 with their second album, Trapped In The Game, and Royal C's solo album, Roll Out The Red Carpet. The group disbanded after releasing a third album enitled, Potential Murder Suspects.