Grammy-winning producer Hit-Boy has become one of the most sought-after sound engineers in the music business. Hit-Boy's extensive list of production credits spans across genres and includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the game.
Hit-Boy, born Chauncey Hollis Jr., rose to fame with his early work as part of the production collective The Surf Club.
His breakthrough came with the production of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N***as in Paris," a chart-topping single from the duo's collaborative album Watch the Throne. The success of "N***as in Paris" catapulted Hit-Boy into the limelight and he has since produced a slate of hits.
Here are his most successful projects.
1. "N***as in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West
A game-changer in every sense, "N***as in Paris" is a testament to Hit-Boy's ability to create powerhouse instrumentals. The track became a cultural phenomenon and set the stage for the producer’s successful career.
The infectious tune also won Best Rap Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Hit-Boy’s first major musical accolade.
2. "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott
“Sicko Mode” is arguably one of Travis Scott’s biggest commercial successes and Hit-Boy was one of the producers behind the hit song. The track defies traditional hip-hop structures and seamlessly transitions between different sonic landscapes.
The track's innovative production played a pivotal role in its success, as the song quickly reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since been diamond-certified by the RIAA after selling more than 10 million units.
3. "Clique" by Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean
Hit-Boy reunited with Kanye and Jay-Z for “Clique,” which also featured Big Sean. The song’s simplified production provided the perfect backdrop for the rappers to deliver memorable verses.
"Clique" also became a cultural anthem, reaching the 12th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. “Trophies” by Drake
Hit-Boy continued cranking out hits throughout the 2010s, and his production on Drake’s “Trophies” was further proof of his musical abilities.
Released on Drake’s third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, "Trophies" is a sonic triumph. Marked by triumphant horns and dynamic percussion, the track stands out as a highlight in both artists' catalogs.
5. "Racks in the Middle" by Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch
A poignant collaboration with the late Nipsey Hussle, "Racks in the Middle" is a testament to Hit-Boy's ability to craft emotionally charged beats. The track, which earned a Grammy Award, serves as a tribute to Nipsey's legacy and showcases the timeless impact of Hit-Boy's skills.
6. "XO" by Beyoncé
A few years after Hit-Boy worked with Jay-Z and Kanye West, he was tapped by Beyoncé to help produce a track for her fifth studio album, Beyoncé. Hit-Boy co-produced “XO” alongside HazeBanga.
The song went on to enjoy moderate success and peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beyoncé album went on to be nominated for Album of The Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, proving the undeniable success of Hit-Boy’s collaboration with the powerhouse singer.
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