Earlier this year, Hit-Boy provoked a reaction from fans after he gave a speech at the release party for his latest record with NasKing’s Disease II.

In an interview on the New Rory & Mal podcast, the producer and rapper revealed that he received an email from Jay-Z after footage of his speech surfaced online, and many perceived his comments as a diss directed at Kanye West.

“I woke up at six in the morning, n***a blitzed from the night before. First thing I see is an email from Jay-Z,” he told the podcast hosts. “That’s the first thing I see. I was like, ‘fuck’ before I even opened it. First sentence in the fucking email was, ‘I saw your speech.’ I’m like, ‘Damn.’ He was like, ‘You don’t even gotta do all that, man. This shit hard, I fuck with the album. You talented, stay humble’ type shit.”

When he did get the courage to open the email properly, he hit back Hov and indicated that he agreed with him. “I hit him back like, ‘That’s 1,000.’ I was like the crazy shit is I know if this shit get out Hov gon’ see this and shake his head.”

For context, earlier this year Hit-Boy gave a speech at the King’s Disease II release party, and he seemingly dissed rappers who released albums produced by countless individuals. Particularly, he took issue with overcrowded credits on tracks, and obviously ‘Ye works with a LOT of songwriters and producers on his music.

“It’s not a hundred n***as producing the beat,” he said. “It’s not a hundred n***as writing the rhymes, n***a. It’s two n***as in the studio. I hear this shit right now, homie. It’s going down. King’s Disease II. Stream that shit, buy that shit.” Hit-Boy has previously worked with Kanye, producing “N***as in Paris,” among other tracks. 

“There be n***as in the studio. It’s just me and bro, bro,” he said in his speech. “Do y’all hear this shit? It’s just me and this n***a in the studio. He’s barred up, I’m making beats. No hooplah. We not on fuckin’ Twitter botherin’ y’all. We not on IG Live putting a weird-ass stream up, n***a. We doin’ this shit for real though, n***a! Stop playin’!” Some fans thought the comments were directed at Kanye, who was gearing up to release Donda around that time.

In other news, Hit-Boy recently teamed up with another frequent collaborator of his on What You Expect, a collaborative EP with Big Sean.