Though generally categorized as a mix of pop and hip hop, "The Boys" also incorporates elements of other genres, such as dancehall and folk music in its production.
It was written by Minaj, Anjulie Persaud, Jonas Jeberg and Jean Baptiste, and produced by the latter two.
The song was released on September 13, 2012, through Cash Money, Young Money and Universal Republic as the lead single from the reissue of Minaj's second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up (2012).
A large part of her appeal and her career has been her innuendos.
In her collaboration with Usher on “Lil’ Freak,” she says: Excuse me little mama / But you could say I’m on duty / I’m lookin for a cutie /A real big ol’ ghetto booty /I really like your kitty cat / and if you let me touch her / I know you’re not a bluffer / I’ll take you to go see usher / I keep a couple hoes / like Santa I keep a Vixen / Got that Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, / Dixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen.
[Verse 1: Nicki Minaj] Punch line queen, no boxer though Might pull up in a Porsche, no boxster though Tell a hater, "Yo, don't you got cocks to blow?
" Tell them Kangaroo Nick, I'll box a ho They said I got five and a possible Don't go against Nicki, impossible I done came through with my wrist on popsicle Man these hoes couldn't ball with a testicle, nigga [Verse 2: Cassie] Your lipstick stain smells like a cheap hotel Diamond watches and a gold chain Can't make my frown turn around [Hook: Cassie & Nicki Minaj] The Boys always spending all their money on love The Boys always spending all their money on love They wanna touch it, taste it, see it, feel it, bone it, own it Dollar, dollar, paper chase it get that money [Bridge: Cassie] You get high, fuck a bunch of girls And then cry on top of the world I hope you have the time of your life I hope I don't lose it tonight [Verse 3: Nicki Minaj] Bald head pussy got lots of juice Lopsided on the curb so I block the coupes Watch the deuce Man I'm stingy with my kitty cat daddy "Did you ever really love me Steebie?
News, "I'm actually going to drop my new single like next week." On September 10, 2012, Minaj revealed through Twitter that the song's title was "The Boys" and that a "real pretty" female would be collaborating with her on it, along with a music video being planned for the track.
"The Boys" takes origins from a demo originally recorded solely by Cassie called "Money on Love," intended to be the singer's second single from her second studio album, following "King of Hearts." For unknown reasons, the album was delayed and the song was subsequently played for Minaj during sessions for The Re-Up.
It was Minaj's last single to be released by Universal Republic before the label went defunct and its artists roster moved to the revived Republic Records.
Initially a track recorded by Cassie for her second studio album under the title "Money on Love," it was subsequently played for Minaj during sessions for The Re-Up, who decided to keep Cassie's vocals but wrote her own verses with certain production portions also being re-worked.
Its lyrical content is described as a "fun but pithy kiss-off to men who try to buy love with money and jewels." The song received acclaim from music critics, who complimented Minaj's rapping style, its structure and Cassie's inclusion.