Working With Polow Da Don
Hit-Boy: “I met Polow on Myspace maybe a few months before I met Chase. Polow sent me a message and it was crazy because I had just heard Fergie’s ‘London Bridge’ and I wanted to know who did it. I Googled it and found out it was him and then added him on Myspace. I didn’t think anything of it.
“I left the crib for a couple of hours and when I got back, I had a message in my inbox from Polow Da Don saying he really liked the beats that I had on my page and that he wanted to link up.
"The next day we go to Record Plant studios out in Los Angeles and I played him maybe like 60 beats. He sat there and listened to all of them and said, ‘Yo, I wanna sign you.’ Right there on the spot. This was like August 2006 and I didn’t actually sign with him until January of 2007.
“That’s when I introduced Chase and Polow and then Chase ended up signing a deal as well. We signed separate deals, but we were an entity of Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. In the summer of 2007, we moved out to Atlanta because that’s where Polow was based.
“Me and Polow never really worked closely. But I was able to hear a lot of his music and it definitely influenced me from him having the style that he had. I definitely got to study on my own, but I wouldn’t say that he sat there and showed me how to do certain things. But just being around him, I learned a lot.
“When I moved down to Atlanta, we had a studio so we would have different artists and writers that would come through. We were also going back out to L.A. to do sessions. We were producing Pussycat Dolls stuff and we went through that whole pop phase. Just being signed to Polow and having those relationships and having my publishing deal over at Universal helped make that happen. My publishers would link me up with different writers.
“At the time, Rich Boy was doing his thing and so was Keri Hilson. We were working on various projects out there. We got to really just experience a lot and we’ve been rising through the ranks since then. I definitely appreciate what Polow did for us and helping me get my career started, but now I’m moving on to new endeavors.”
Chase N. Cashe: “Polow actually reached out to me through Myspace as well. He wanted to buy one of my beats. He asked me how much I charged and after that I didn’t hear from him again until he reached out to Hit-Boy.
“Hit-Boy sent him some of the beats we did together and Polow heard him and was like, ‘Okay they’re dope. I’m coming out to L.A. and working on Rich Boy’s album. I wanna meet y’all.’ He came out, we met up with him, and Hit-Boy played him beats. He was feeling them and he told us straight out, ‘I want to sign y’all.’
“So we did the deal and that led to us moving to Atlanta and working there for two years. We did songs for Pussycat Dolls, Rich Boy, G-Unit, and Flo Rida. We got the chance to work with the legendary Berry Gordy at like 17 years old.
"We just had a whole lot of work from 2007 to 2009. After that phase, everybody moved back to L.A. That’s when me and Hit-Boy decided to branch out and do the Surf Club full time.”