This is Hit-Boy. He produced the most over-performed song of 2011 in Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s mega-hit, “N*ggas In Paris”. He’s a rapper now too though, and to prove it here’s a video for his new song, “Jay-Z Interview”. In it we see the very talented young producer sharing camera time and studio space with every hot spitter under the sun, which in my eyes only helps highlight how many better rappers there are out there other than the subject of the video.

Whatever though, people are going to immediately try and draw a connection to the producer-turned-rapper story that Kanye and Hit-Boy now share. Difference of course being that West was responsible for producing numerous track’s on Jay-Z’s Blueprint album before breaking through as a rapper, and conversely Hit-Boy is riding the short wave of success that comes off producing just a single massive record on an album that Kayne largely oversaw production on anyway in WTT. Look, I get it. Being friends with famous rappers means you get to humble brag about it in your new video, but beyond that, why all the extra hype? Are we really supposed to believe this is 2012’s “Through The Wire”?

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