Few producers are able to claim the rap sheet that Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis has in such a short amount of time. After finding success with Chase N. Cashe as a founding member of the production collective, The Surf Club, Hit-Boy has struck out on his own and has become a household name behind the boards.
Anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Niggas In Paris (Jay Z and Kanye West),” “Bow Down (Beyoncé),” and “Goldie (A$AP Rocky),” have came from the musical mind of Hit-Boy. Far from a one-dimensional beatsmith, Hit has crafted lyrical aerobics such as “Somewhere In America (Jay-Z),” “Backseat Freestyle (Kendrick Lamar),” “Clique (G.O.O.D. Music),” and “1 Train (A$AP Rocky & more).”
Once more, the Fontana, California native branched out to mainstream artists and have crafted jams for M.I.A., Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. In short, it’s hard to put one of music’s most in-demand producers in a box. Further proving that point is the acclaimed producer’s expansion into rapping. After his debut project, HitSTORY, he unveiled his HS87 collective of Audio Push and K. Roosevelt for their group album, All I Ever Dreamed Of.
In this sit down with STASHED, Hit-Boy opens up about expanding his production resume as well as touring with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and T.I. on the America’s Most Wanted tour. Furthermore, Hit explains some of the untold stories behind some of his sessions with Kanye West and Jay-Z as well as the untold story behind the making of “Backseat Freestyle” and how Ciara almost prevented the beat from getting to Kendrick Lamar.
Watch part one of the newest episode of the STASHED original series, Lines & Notes with Hit-Boy.
Photo Credit: Paul Worgul.