Hip Hop Awards 2022: See Hitmaka's Musical Journey to 'Producer of the Year'
Veteran record producer Hitmaka was crowned “Producer of the Year” at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards hosted by legendary rapper Fat Joe, beating out several equally talented musicians, including ATL Jacob, Baby Keem, Hit-Boy, Kanye West, Metro Boomin, and Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams.
In honor of this year’s show, we’re looking at some of the records that we feel earned him the name of hitmaker and this year’s title of “Producer of the Year.”
2 Chainz — “Rule The World“ feat. Ariana Grande
Hitmaka produced the 2019 single “Rule the World 2” from 2 Chainz featuring Ariana Grande from the rapper’s fifth studio album Rap or Go to the League along with Cardiak and Paul Cabbin. The track samples "Why Don't We Fall in Love" by r&b princess Ameri and marks the performer's second collaboration, following the remix of Grande’s "7 Rings", from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next.
PnB Rock - I Like Girls feat. Lil Skies
Hitmaka served as producer with Christopher Dotson, Ayo and Keyz. on the 2019 uptempo, bass-heavy record “I Like Girls” from the late PnB Rock’s second studio album TrapStar Turnt PopStar. It peaked at no. 7 on US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.
Big Sean – "Bounce Back"
Big Sean collaborated with several prominent producers for 2016 smash hit “Bounce Back,” including co-writer Hitmaka, fellow Hip Hop Awards nominee Metro Boomin, Johnson , and Smash David. The song went certified six-times platinum by RIAA.
Meek Mill - Dangerous feat. Jeremih & PnB Rock
Hitmaka is best known for samples of industry’s most classic records into today's biggest rap and r&b songs. Meek Mill’s 2018 song “Dangerous” which features. Jeremih and the late PnB Rock is a good example as the song samples one of Jodeci’s biggest tracks, “Come and Talk to Me.” it was released as the second single from the Legends of the Summer and his album Championships
Rubi Rose - Hit Yo Dance feat. Yella Beezy & NLE Choppa
Rubi Rose released “Hit Yo Dance” in 2019 Hitmaka, Romano, and OG Parker. The track feature verses from Yella Beezy and NLE Choppa. It also samples Birdman’s 2002 hit “What Happened to That Boy” feature Clipse.