This week’s 10 essential tracks feature puts the spotlight on the hitmaker himself, Hit-Boy.

When overhearing the phrases, “Ball so hard motherfuckas wanna fine me,” or “That shit cray,” one almost instinctively thinks of Jay Z and Kanye West‘s ferociously successful single “Niggas In Paris” from their collaborative album Watch The Throne. And while it’s valid to remember the rap masterminds who vehemently slay the track with their deafening tones and flows, it is just as important to remember one of the song’s key producers, Chauncey Hollis, Jr., better known as Hit-Boy.The Fontana, California native has been a permanent fixture in the industry since 2010 and has worked with some of the biggest artists on some of the biggest projects over the course of the last several years.

He got his start in the industry in 2007 with the collective brand Surf Club, comprised of fellow producer’s and artists, Chase N.Cashe, BCarr, and Chili Chill. Soon the group would gain enough recognition to catch the eyes of legendary producer Polow Da Don, who messaged Hit-Boy on Myspace with a very simple call to action, “Let’s get this paper.”

After that initial contact, Hit-Boy linked up Polow Da Don’s Zone 4 record label, a division of Interscope Records, and began doing what he does best: making hits. From that point up until now, Hit-Boy has been unstoppable and has worked with everyone from Mary J. Blige and Selena Gomez to Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Beyoncé and a whole lot more. Not to mention that his artist discography is nearly as impressive as his production credits, as he has developed a remarkable brand over the years with his solo music and record label Hits Since 87 imprint.

Check out our 10 Essential Hit-Boy Productions and follow the steep rise of the astoundingly talented artist and producer.

Source: Jay Z

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