Hit-Boy says he didn’t plan on taking aim at Hitmaka on “Slipping Into Darkness,” but decided to take the shot after Hitmaka questioned his relevancy.
The Grammy-winning producer revealed the information during a recent episode of Home Grown Radio, saying he added the diss after Hitmaka’s not-so-flattering comments on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning. Hitmaka suggested he was more successful than Hit-Boy because he received more radio play, despite being in the game for a shorter time.
Hit-Boy fired back just several hours later, when he released the Alchemist-assisted track “Slipping Into Darkness,” in which he name-dropped some other big-time producers, including Mustard, Metro Boomin, Southside, and Hitmaka.
“I fuck with Mustard, he can make that ratchet shit with his eyes closed,” he rapped on the track. “But now I’m starting to wonder, can that n***a chop soul? / I just seen Yung Berg spoke on the wave, I should do him like Trick Trick and snatch Hit out his name.”
Hit-Boy later claimed he had nothing but respect for the Mustard, Metro, and Southside, and “only meant to diss one person.”
“Dude (Hit-Maka) put his neck out, and I was like, ‘Alright, cool. This is perfect timing. I was gonna drop this bomb anyway. You wanna be in the mix? Let’s get it,’” he told Home Grown Radio, confirming he had already recorded the track before adding the diss. “I seen [the comments] in the morning and put the clip out that night.”
He went on to highlight some of his biggest successes.
“I was just letting motherfuckers know how I been rockin … I produced the biggest Griselda release in the history of Griselda, helped Nas win his first Grammy, I got Jay-Z most streamed song, I produced Nipsey’s biggest song. Like, n***as be trying to disrespect.”
Hit-Boy said he knew Hitmaka was always talking trash behind the scenes, but had let it slide. He then told the hosts he doesn’t respect Hitmaka’s work because he doesn’t believe it’s legitimate.
“The conversation is over. He don’t make beats,” he said about Hitmaka. “I’m really hand-crafting new styles, coming with different bounces, new drum patterns … and this man don’t even make the beat and he has the nerve to speak on me.”
You can check out Hitboy’s full interview above.
The producer also spoke about his upcoming album Surf or Drown, which arrives next Friday. The project will deliver 11 tracks and will include appearances by Nas, Dom Kennedy, Currensy, and Alchemist. Hit-Boy also confirmed he and the latter are looking to release a joint EP.
“He already started sending me some ideas,” he said.