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“Paris” by Watch the Throne was one of the biggest hits of 2011. “Cray” and “Ball So Hard” were regrettably some of the most overused phrases in pop culture within the past year. Nevertheless, the mastermind behind that beat was California native Hit-Boy. Since then, his career as a producer has taken off to say the least. Various placements on rap projects and a producer deal to G.O.O.D. Music are a few of the achievements from this past year. Let’s not even mention the circles of hip-hop royalty that he runs in. The first beat I ever heard from Hit-Boy was on Kanye’s “Christmas in Harlem” from the G.O.O.D. Fridays series. I respected him ever since then.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Hit-Boy released a video for his debut song as a rapper called “Jay-Z Interview” in June. The blogosphere went crazy. This video, featuring footage from the Watch the Throne tour, studio sessions with various rappers, and Hit’s life in general surprised everyone. Nobody at the time knew that Hit-Boy was a rapper. Everyone thought he was just an up and coming producer. Two months later he brings us his free album, HITstory. HITstory shows Hit-Boy reflecting on his childhood, struggles with women, becoming successful, and life through his point of view. The album has features from Kid Cudi, Big Sean, John Legend, Chip tha Ripper, Bun B & Stacy Barthe. Production on this album is done mostly by Hit-Boy and B!nk produced “Jay-Z Interview.” Some stand-out tracks on this album are:
HITstory isn’t perfect but it’s a solid debut album for Hit-Boy. He definitely made me a fan with this one. For more information on Hit-Boy, follow him on Twitter.