On the latest episode of THE TRUTH, Elliott Wilson caught up with California’s producer / rapper Hit-Boy to discuss his recent work with JAY Z, Mariah Carey and more.
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. 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).
Hollis got his start on Myspace when he received a message from Polow Da Don stating simply “Let’s get this paper.” 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”, Big Sean, Pusha T, Musiq Soulchild and Cyhi Da Prynce. On May 2, 2011 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.” On January 23, 2013, it was announced that his record label Hits Since ’87, is now an imprint of Interscope Records.
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.