Who Is Hit-Boy? Who Is Chase N. Cashe?
Hit-Boy: “I’m 24. I was born in L.A. but I grew up out in the Inland Empire in the Fontana area. All I use to produce is Fruity Loops. It’s so visual to me, that’s why I love it so much. I’ve done work for Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem.”
Chase N. Cashe: “I’m 23 years old. I was born and raised in New Orleans. I’m an artist, producer, songwriter, and I’m a marketer. I’m a creative brand overall. My whole thing is me being Chase N. Cashe, I want to make it a James Bond thing where I can hand off to someone else and they could follow the same footsteps. No matter who plays Bond, it’s still the same shit. That’s what I want my brand to be. I want to capture everything I grew up being influenced by.
“I’m a Katrina kid. I graduated high school in 2005 and then the hurricane happened. I moved to California in 2006 when I was 17, and I started running around Hollywood. I was promoting myself and doing music. I used to do a lot of ghosting [Ed.—Ghost producing]. I’ve lived in New York, L.A., Atlanta, New Orleans you name it, wherever my music took me.
“Katrina changed my life and the life of everyone around me. For me it was a pivotal point because it put me at a crossroads like, ‘What are you going to do with your life?’ What else was there to do with your life besides take a risk?
I couldn’t go to school because the schools were fucked up. It wasn’t like I was going to go to college right away and my parents had no job and I didn’t have a job. I was like 17 years old and the only jobs I’d ever had were working at Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker. It was just a crossroads.
“I lost family members in Katrina. We lost our house because a tree had fallen on it. Then I lost my grandmother. I literally sat in the house everyday and watched my grandmother pass. So it was just like I was at a crossroads and my life told me to take a risk. So I just saved up enough money and moved out to California.”