"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”.