Published Tue, March 7, 2023 at 11:15 AM EST
Multi-platinum producer, Hit-Boy, recently pulled up to Too $hort's "Don't Stop Rappin'" on Rock The Bells Radio channel 43. The duo touched on a range of topics that we broke down below — including highlights like how he got his start, hit records, and more.
Man, I stay in the stu, man. That's just what it boil down to. They just really be questioning, nigga like, "Bro, why you always in the studio?" But I just got a real love for this shit, man. I just always feel like I got another level to reach. I'm around great artists too, so it's like I see how. You know what I mean? I'm around Nas a lot, you know what I mean? It's like, "Damn, I really do got a long way to go." He just did Madison Square Garden for the first time last week. Sold that motherfucker out, performed 20 songs I produced. I'm like... You know what I mean? That was a level up. I done seen my performed in stadiums, arenas, but 20 joints back-to-back-to-back that was different, that just let me know like, "Okay, yeah, this shit's for real."
No, for sure. I mean, it was crazy. Because it used to be two of us, it was Hit-Boys at first, and whatever happened between me and dude, and he just went off on his own. And shit, I really wasn't even planning on going by Hit-Boy. I just had... we had the page Hit-Boys on MySpace, and I took the S off just on some like, "Nigga, fuck that nigga." You know what I mean? And people started addressing me like, "Oh, Hit-Boy." I'm like, "Fuck, I'm about to run with it."
My uncle was in a group called Troop, so I got to see the lifestyle, the whole shit. Was in love with it as a kid, little four or five years old. So I was just downloading all this DNA from this great shit that I was watching, being around somebody who was in the music but also was a fan of gangster rap, a fan of real R&B shit.
Having that opportunity to use social media, man. I end up meeting the homie Polow da Don and he just really showed me what this production shit was about, really just took me under his wing. I moved to Atlanta at 19 to fuck with him. And I had never lived in another place before, I took the leap, like I really want to do this. He got a perfect opportunity with a free studio. I could work out with professionals coming through. And that was like my college years, you know what I mean? Even though I didn't go to college, but I was just locked in.
Tune in to Rock The Bells radio to hear the entire interview with Hit-Boy.