Hit-Boy

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Hit-Boy
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Background information
Birth name Chauncey Hollis Jr.
Born (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Fontana, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Record producer, rapper
Years active 2003–present
Labels Hits Since '87, Interscope (current)
Very GOOD Beats (former)
Associated acts Audio Push, Kanye West, Surf Club

Chauncey Hollis (born May 21, 1987) better known by his stage name Hit-Boy is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Fontana, California. In May 2011, Hollis had signed a deal with Kanye West's GOOD Music production wing, known as Very G.O.O.D. Beats and left the label after his contract expired in June 2013. In December 2012, it was revealed he had signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, and subsequently founded his own record label imprint, Hits Since '87.[1] He is perhaps best known for his production catalog, which includes "Drop the World" by Lil Wayne and Eminem, “Niggas in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West and the GOOD Music single "Clique", all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Career[edit]

Hollis got his start on Myspace when he received a message from Polow Da Don stating simply “Let’s get this paper.”[2] He has produced for big-name artists such as Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and several others. The California native is one of the founding members of the collective brand Surf Club (along with fellow beat makers Chase N.Cashe, BCarr, and Chili Chill). Surf Club has become a team to host a number of artists as well as songwriters and other producers. Surf Club originated in southern California. They got their start in the industry in 2007, after linking with Polow Da Don's Zone 4 (record label), an imprint of Interscope Records. He began his work with Kanye West when he produced his GOOD Friday track, “Christmas in Harlem”,[3] Big Sean, Pusha T, Musiq Soulchild and Cyhi Da Prynce. On May 2, 2011[4] he signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music Label, produced the single "Niggas in Paris", on the collaborative “Watch the Throne” album created by Kanye West and Jay-Z, and produced the singles "Goldie" and "1 Train" for ASAP Rocky.

On June 7, 2012, Hollis released his first official song in which he raps, the promotional single "Jay-Z Interview", which was produced by Bink!. Later in July 2012, Hollis was featured rapping on CyHi The Prynce's mixtape Ivy League Club, on the song "Entourage". Hollis then released the self-produced track "Old School Caddy", which features fellow GOOD Music member Kid Cudi. These two tracks appeared on his first full-length project, a mixtape titled HITstory, which was released for free download on his official website. On December 23, 2012, Hollis secured a recording contract with Interscope Records, under the record label Blueprint Group, along with the L.E.P. Bogus Boys. Soon after, he tweeted: "2012 has been great to me and my fam. Feeling more blessed than ever. Excited to see what God has planned for 2013. TU."[5] On January 23, 2013, it was announced that his record label Hits Since '87, is now an imprint of Interscope Records.[6]

On June 29, 2013 he announced that he is no longer signed to GOOD Music, but still in good terms with everybody in the label.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hit-Boy is the nephew of Rodney Benford, from the R&B group Troop.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
R&B/HH
US Rap
We The Plug (with HS87)
  • Released: May 27, 2014
  • Label: Hits Since '87, Interscope Records
  • Format: Digital download
27 15
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
A Hit-Boy Christmas
  • Released: December 24, 2010
  • Label: HS87
  • Format: Digital download
Love Notes
  • Released: February 14, 2011
  • Label: HS87
  • Format: Digital download
HITstory
  • Released: August 7, 2012
  • Label: GOOD Music, HS87
  • Format: Digital download
All I've Ever Dreamed Of
(with HS87)

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Entourage" 2012 Cyhi the Prynce Ivy League Club
"All Good"[8] D-Why Don't Flatter Yourself
"The Long Way"[9] Audio Push N/A
"Them Niggas"[10] Inland Empire
"The Right One" Wale Folarin
"Do Me Now"[11] 2013 K. Roosevelt RoseGold
"Scream & Shout" (Hit-Boy Remix)[12] will.i.am, Britney Spears, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, Diddy #willpower
"Joy"[13] Ryan McDermott Ryan vs. the Sandman: The Tale of the Sleepwalkers
"Feel It"[14] Deezo, Problem Ten10Eighty7
"Funeral Season"[15] Statik Selektah, Styles P, Bun B Extended Play
"What Ya Used To"[16] Rockie Fresh Self Made Vol. 3
"Circle" Casey Veggies, Rockie Fresh Fresh Veggies
"Money ($ * / ...)" (uncredited) 2014 Mariah Carey, Fabolous Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

The BET Hip Hop Awards were established in 2006 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014 Himself Producer of the Year Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hit-Boy Confirms Signing with Kanye West". Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Jeremy. "How Hit-Boy Went From Myspace to Kanye West's Speed-Dial". Bullettmedia.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Hit-Boy talks signing to G.O.O.D Music". 
  4. ^ "Producer Hit-Boy Joins Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music Label". Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Donaldson, Erich (2012-12-21). "Hit-Boy and L.E.P. Bogus Boys Sign to Interscope". Complex. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  6. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-01-23). "Hit-Boy Announces Signing To Interscope Records | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  7. ^ Frydenlund, Zach. "Hit-Boy's 25 Favorite Albums". article. complex.com. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  8. ^ "D-Why - All Good (Feat. Hit-Boy)". Rap Dose. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  9. ^ "New Music: Audio Push x Hit-Boy “The Long Way”". Rap Radar. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  10. ^ "New Music: Audio Push x Hit-Boy “Them Niggas”". Rap Radar. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  11. ^ "K. Roosevelt f. Hit-Boy - Do Me Now | New Hip Hop Music & All The New Rap Songs 2011". HipHop DX. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  12. ^ "will.i.am f. Diddy, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Hit-Boy & Waka Flocka Flame "Scream & Shout Remix". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan. "Ryan McDermott featuring Hit-Boy – Joy". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Paine, Jake (May 17, 2013). "Statik Selektah "Extended Play" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist". HipHop DX. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Self Made, Vol. 3 by MMG". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 

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