Hit-Boy: HITstory

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Mixtape: HITstory
Artist: Hit-Boy
Released: August 7, 2012

It is often the case that producers get lost behind the limelight, as artists take the fore-front shine to a heavy hitting track among listeners, however, Hit-Boy is a name y’all should know and who’s sound should recognize by now! The man behind A$AP Rocky’s recent fan favorite “Goldie” and 2011’s Grammy nominated and heavy hitting track-“Niggas In Paris”, is back regenerating buzz- this time all to his own!

Hit-Boy debuts on the mic with his recent 11-track, self-produced release, HITstory. The producer- now turned rapper, acquires features by known names: KiD CuDI, Big Sean, Chip Tha Ripper, John Legend, Bun B, and Stacy Barthe.

The project begins with the equally titled track-a well executed narrative on the making of who exactly Hit-Boy is and how his uprising came about- “…keep working, Hit you gonna get to this stardom, next thing I know its ‘Christmas In Harlem’. Right after that, I’m workin’ in a palace, overseas suites, wonderin’ like Alice. Goddamn, I was just at home, now I’m number 3 on the Throne.”

The project’s featuring tracks – “Option” (feat. Big Sean), “Old School Caddy” (feat. KiD CuDI), and “WyW” (feat. John Legend) all fall within worthy acclaim. But it is the Chip Tha Ripper and Bun B assisted “Busta Ass Niggas” feature that takes the spotlight. All three rappers go in on the track and serve it it’s rightful justice. Chip the Ripper comes off with raw lyricism, Hit-Boy adds witty self-success boastful rhymes- “…life was all so hard. Till’ I made a song called ‘Ball so hard…’ She don’t wanna let me swipe, I use my Kanye Card…”– while Bun B adds that Southern trill factor in the mix adding the final ingredient towards perfection.

Amongst all the upbeat bangers lies, “She belongs To the City”, a violin string, and piano key-filled melodic rap that seemingly might be a metaphor of hip hop. All while, “East Vs. West” consists of an uplifting yet melancholy, drum and saxophone filled , Jazz-like instrumental in which Hit lyrically illustrates a timeline of the disastrous byproduct of the 90’s coastal hip hop wars.

But by far the most prolific track off HITstory is “Fan”– which is a heavy bass hit with a slow tempo hook with equivalent production and hit potential as his Watch The Throne heavy hitter.

HITstory sets Hit-Boy on to be a double threat in the game, as well as proves himself as an honorable addition to the G.O.O.D. Music label. It’s also fulfilling to say that we have yet another reason to be boastful of the recent talent flourishing out the West Coast- makes the left coast real proud that we are being represented well with good quality music, among the masses. Hit-Boy is most definitely making “HITstory”! Make sure you cop the project here.

-Stace Fresh

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