Yung Berg in Chicago, 2008.
|Birth name||Christian Ward|
|Also known as||Iceberg, Hitmaka|
September 9, 1986 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Labels||Yung Boss/Epic/Koch (2007-2009), Young Fly|
|Associated acts||The Dream Team, K-Young, Ray J, Twista, Bryant McKinnie|
Yung Berg (born Christian Ward; September 9, 1986 in Chicago, Illinois), also known by Hitmaka, is an American rapper, producer and songwriter from Chicago. He is of African American and Puerto Rican descent. His first single was "Sexy Lady", which features R&B singer Junior released in April 2007. Yung Berg had been previously signed to DMX's Bloodline Records as Iceberg. He is featured on the Exit Wounds soundtrack. His debut album Look What You Made Me was released in 2008.
In 2001, he was signed to DMX's Bloodline Records. He made his debut on the Exit Wounds soundtrack on the song "Dog 4 Life" as Iceberg. However, his parents sent him to a military boarding school in Montana in 2001. He moved to Los Angeles after finishing school in 2003. In 2005, Yung Berg worked as a hypeman and recording assistant for Disturbing tha Peace member and Chicago rapper Shawnna. Later that year, he founded his Yung Boss imprint and production team Yung Bosses.
2007-08: Almost Famous EP & Look What You Made Me
Berg's debut single "Sexy Lady, which featured R&B singer Junior, became a hit on Los Angeles urban radio, and he signed with Epic Records among many labels that approached him. Berg's six-track EP Almost Famous: The Sexy Lady EP was released in July 2007. Also in 2007 he made a cameo in the music video of singer Kat DeLuna's debut single "Whine Up." "Sexy Lady" peaked at #18 on the Billboard 100. In 2008, Berg released another single "Sexy Can I", a collaboration with singer Ray J, then his debut album Look What You Made Me. The second single was "Do That There", featuring Dude 'n' Nem, followed by "The Business", featuring Casha, which peaked at #33 on the Hot 100. In September 2009, Yung Berg released his song "Baby I'm Back" featuring Jhené Aiko.
Since 2009 Berg aka HIT MAKA has focused on writing, producing and arranging songs for a variety of well-known and up-and-coming artists. Under the name HIT MAKA, Berg has written and produced a string of chart topping records including Tamar Braxton's hit single, "The One." He also defunct his old label Yung Boss Records & started his new label Yung Fly Movement or YFM with upcoming singer Mia Rey & upcoming Chicago rapper Jordan Hollywood.
Co-writing and producing
In 2009 Berg's producer Rob Holladay, along with singer K-Young, formed the production group The Dream Team. Yung Berg announced in an interview on Playboy Radio July 1, 2010 that the Last Train to Paris album by Diddy would feature songs they co-wrote and produced.
- Studio albums
- 2008: Look What You Made Me
- last.fm: Yung Berg
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