Yung Berg in Chicago, 2007.
|Birth name||Christian Ward |
|Also known as||Iceberg, Hitmaka|
|Born||September 9, 1985|
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, director, Rapper, record producer, singer, songwriter|
Christian Ward (born September 9, 1985), better known as his stage name Hitmaka, is an American actor, director, record producer, songwriter, rapper and singer. Ward had been previously signed to DMX's Bloodline Records as Iceberg but then signed to Epic Records. His debut single was "Sexy Lady", which features R&B singer Junior released in April 2007. His debut album Look What You Made Me was released in 2008.
2001–2005: Career beginnings
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.
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. He also recorded a song with Lil Wayne and Brisco titled “Bitch Please” in November 2007
In December of 2007, 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. Look What You Made Me would chart at #20 on the Billboard 200 and at #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart.
In December 2008, Berg began casting "exceptionally stand out beautiful dark skin/brown skin women to showcase beauty of all races" for a potential dating reality show that he would host. However, as evidenced by the trailer for his new TV Show, titled Back In Business, it will not be a dating show. But the reality show was never released as planned.
In 2009, Berg formed The Dream Team production group with his older brother K-Young and producer Rob Holladay. In 2012 Yung Berg also co-wrote & co-produced for Nicki Minaj's album The Pinkprint on the tracks "Want Some More", "Buy a Heart" & "Shanghai".
In 2014 Yung Berg would appear in the first season of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. The show loosely follows events in his and fellow castmate, Hazel E's personal lives. On November 9, 2014 it was announced by VH1 that they had fired Yung Berg from Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood due to arrest for allegedly assaulting his fellow castmate and girlfriend Masika Kalysha Tucker.
Yung Berg is considered a delinquent parent by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which has published information on Yung Berg's failure to pay child support. As of this date Yung Berg's amount owed in past-due child support is $104,962 for one child.
On August 23, 2008, it was reported and confirmed[by whom?] that Yung Berg had been ambushed by Detroit, Michigan, rapper Trick-Trick and his entourage in his club and had his signature "Transformers chain" taken. But on August 26, 2008, Trick-Trick denied having anything to do with the altercation, and claimed to have saved Yung Berg from the altercation. On December 16, 2011, Berg explained the altercation by stating he didn't want to go to Trick-Trick's club since a member of his entourage had a problem with him, but somehow ended up there. "I was like 30 deep, I went in the club & I went to the back because I had the number one record at the time", he said, stating that he wanted a free bottle. "The co-owner come back & he said, My partner Trick-Trick said ain’t no love for you on those bottles. I was like, your partner? Hold on. So now we’re in Trick-Trick's club, I come to find out, the same club that I didn’t wanna go to & perform. Now, I’m in the club. I’m like 5’6, 150 pounds. I come out there and the whole club security surrounds me. They whooped my ass through the club, the security. My entourage was all around us and they were getting their asses whooped too!"
On October 5, 2010, United Kingdom rapper Rowdy T announced that he had taken Yung Berg's "Batman chain" and called Yung Berg a snitch for reporting it to police. But during an interview Yung Berg announced that he had done no such thing and the chain wasn't anything important to him.
On March 20, 2011, during an interview Yung Berg announced that he was done with wearing flashy jewelry stating,
On some real shit back in the day when I was buying those big ass chains and shit, I felt like that was a part of me being Yung Berg. But me growing up & being Christian, being Mr. Ward, and who I really I am, I toned down. I'm not going to be with the big gaudy chains because people would look and they would say 'Well, this nigga still ain't learn his lesson.' I learned my lesson. I'm going to have jewelry but it's going to be more upscale & common. It's not going to be catching just the nigga eye.
On March 25, 2008 Yung Berg released his single entitled "Do That There", which was a direct diss towards fellow rapper, Bow Wow. However, during an interview, Berg stated that the two had settled their differences.
On July 10, 2008 Yung Berg made a controversial issue with rapper Flo Rida when speaking about his upcoming album Look What You Made Me when he stated "my album got pushed back like Flo Rida's hairline", though he later apologized for his remark stating he was just playing. Flo Rida's Poe Boy Entertainment label mate & longtime friend Brisco took offense to the remark stating "You talking too much, Imma beat yo lil red ass". On March 7, 2008 Yung Berg insulted Miami rapper Brisco on a video podcast.
On February 21, 2012 during an interview, singer Teairra Marí stated that she did not like Yung Berg & would get Yung Berg ambushed again due to comments made by Yung Berg about her during one of his interviews. On May 10, 2012 during a recent interview Yung Berg spoke about the situation stating "On the Teairra situation, first & foremost, I did the interview with The Breakfast Club in 2011, & I left that in 2011," he said in an interview. "After I did the interview, I called Ray J & I said, 'Yo, this is what I talked about in my interview,' because I spoke candidly about our relationship and I felt my loyalty is to Ray, it's not nowhere near to Teairra. I don't even know her like that, and at the end of the day, why are we gonna go back and forth about how you tried to holla at me...you know what you did...I've got bigger things to worry about than being trivial over some pussy, especially when there's so much pussy out there. I've been called worse by better people than her".
In 2014 during the first season of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, it was revealed that Yung Berg & Marí had resolved their former issues towards each other. Later in the season, he produced her song "Deserve".
- Look What You Made Me (2008)
- Big Tuh (2020)
|2019||Miami Redemption||Tony Green|
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