There’s a lot to say about an overnight success and his/her sudden rise to fame. But there’s also even more to say about someone who’s truly earned the position he/she is in. Enter Chauncey “Hit Boy” Hollis, a 24 year-old Fontana, CA native who, to the untrained eye, landed in the power circles of our favorite artists unexpectedly. The Surf Club member (Chase N. Cashe is his other partner in crime under the SC umbrella) has already scored tunes with music elites such as Jennifer Lopez (“Forever” co-produced with The Clutch), Nicki Minaj (“I Am Your Leader” ft. Rick Ross & Cam’ron), Lil Wayne (“Drop The World” ft. Eminem co-produced by Chase N. Cashe), Kanye West & Jay-Z (“N*ggas In Paris”). The scary thing about THAT is, he’s JUST getting started.
A resume like that is hard to come by under any standards. And now with a newly signed production deal over at G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam and burgeoning rap career bubbling under our noses, the sky is literally the limit for the “N*ggas In Paris” beatsmith. I spoke briefly with Hollis about working with A$AP Rocky, artists searching for that “NIP” bounce, the much talked about “Jay-Z Interview”, what’s missing from his life right now, “WOW” moments in his career and much more.
LowKey: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since the success of “Niggas In Paris?”
Hit Boy: It’s really true that all it takes is one sometimes to open up the doors for you
LowKey: There’s always a moment where you’re like “Wow, this is my life.” What moment was that for you?
Hit Boy: Too many too describe. Everytime I’m around Ye or Hov and the way they embrace me is a “wow” moment for me. Those are the two top artist in hip-hop in my eyes. Probably close to EVER, so it’s all surreal.
LowKey: Artists tend to jump on the hottest sound of the moment. Were a lot of artists requesting that “N*ggas In Paris” bounce after it REALLY hit?
Hit Boy: Yep. They have def been hitting me for the bounce. But my thing is to always switch it up on them.
LowKey: Describe in one word working with A$AP Rocky.
Hit Boy: Youthful
LowKey: We’ve been hearing a lot about “Jay-Z Interview” via Twitter. Without giving too much away, let us know a little something about that track.
Hit Boy: It’s my introduction to the world as a rapper, letting everyone know what life is like for me nowadays.
LowKey: On Twitter one day you Tweeted something in regards to folks not being fans anymore and critiquing everything that drops. Has Twitter devalued the essence of the “Fan?
Hit Boy: It just frustrates me at times when everything is so quickly criticized and not even given a chance to grow these days. Everyone thinks they know what’s right. Is what it is, though.
LowKey: You’re working with Ciara right? Can you expand on that?
Hit Boy: We’ve been in and cut some ideas. We will see where they end up.
LowKey: Five years from today, where is Hit Boy? Head of a label? Executive producing? Acting?
Hit Boy: Sky is the limit. I’m trying to follow in the footsteps of all the greats and brand myself as one of the top people in the culture. Label head/ artist/ producer and whatever else comes with the territory.
LowKey: What’s missing from Hit Boy’s life at this very moment?
Hit Boy: Rest. Ha!