Chauncey Hollis, Jr. (born May 21, 1987), better known by his stage name Hit-Boy, is an American record producer, rapper, and songwriter 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 "Niggas in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Drop the World" by Lil Wayne and Eminem, and the GOOD Music single "Clique", all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
|Birth name||Chauncey Hollis, Jr.|
|Born||May 21, 1987|
|Origin||Fontana, California, United States|
Hollis got his start on Myspace when he received a message from Polow Da Don stating simply "Let’s get this paper, pimp," which was telling Hollis that money was his goal. 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, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez 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 on good terms with everybody in the label.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|We the Plug
|Courtesy of Half-A-Mil (with Dom Kennedy)||
|A Hit-Boy Christmas||
|All I've Ever Dreamed Of
|"Entourage"||2012||Cyhi the Prynce||Ivy League Club|
|"All Good"||D-Why||Don't Flatter Yourself|
|"The Long Way"||Audio Push||N/A|
|"Them Niggas"||Inland Empire|
|"The Right One"||Wale||Folarin|
|"Do Me Now"||2013||K. Roosevelt||RoseGold|
|"Scream & Shout" (Hit-Boy Remix)||will.i.am, Britney Spears, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, Diddy||#willpower|
|"Joy"||Ryan McDermott||Ryan vs. the Sandman: The Tale of the Sleepwalkers|
|"Feel It"||Deezo, Problem||Ten10Eighty7|
|"Funeral Season"||Statik Selektah, Styles P, Bun B||Extended Play|
|"What Ya Used To"||Rockie Fresh||Self Made Vol. 3|
|"Circle"||Casey Veggies, Rockie Fresh||Fresh Veggies|
|"Money ($ * / ...)"||2014||Mariah Carey, Fabolous||Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse|
|"Boomerang"||2015||Sevyn Streeter||Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1|
|"I Mean It"||PJ||Walking Around Pools|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Himself (Grindin My Whole Life)||Producer of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||"Niggas in Paris"||Best Rap Song||Won|
|2014||Good Kid, M.A.A.D City||Album of the Year||Nominated|
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