Last Saturday (January 15), the rapper legally known as Ye released a new single titled ‘Eazy’ with The Game. The song credits list Hit-Boy as a producer alongside contributors Mike Dean and Big Duke.
In an Instagram comment following its release, Hit-Boy (real name Chauncey Hollis Jr.) confirmed that he and West have begun working together again, apparently concluding a spat they had in 2020.
Hit-Boy and Ye back 👀 pic.twitter.com/KqONW9Mjnk
— Spotify (@Spotify) January 15, 2022
Since then, Hit-Boy has also posted pictures of himself with West on Instagram, along with a tweet by a user that says “if Ye & Hit-Boy moving like it’s 2012, we definitely in for some HEAT” – a reference to Hit-Boy’s work then with Ye on the GOOD Music compilation ‘Cruel Summer’, among other releases.
“I haven’t been a fan of Kanye on a personal/ human level since he told me face to face he stopped picking my beats because I worked with Beyoncé,” he wrote. “This is after I produced n*ggas in paris , clique, and a myriad of other songs / projects for him and his label GOOD Music in the 2 years I was signed with them.”
West then responded in a tweet that while he didn’t have a problem with Hit-Boy’s work with Beyoncé, he claimed to be unaware that the producer had been signed to his label GOOD Music during this period, which lasted from 2012 to 2013.
HI GUYS … TRUST ME WE WILL NOT STOP … HITBOY FIRST TO STAND UP … I DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIM PRODUCING FOR BEYONCÉ … I HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE FACT HE WAS SIGNED TO ME AND I DIDN’T KNOW BUT I KNEW JAY AND BEYONCÉ AND HIT-BOY … JUST FOR CLARITY
— ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020
In December, Hit-Boy clarified West’s claim in a podcast with DJ Akademiks. He said that he signed a “management contract” with GOOD Music where West was “getting 20% of what I was doing regardless” and “he never ever said anything” that showed his displeasure of the arrangement.
On top of ‘Eazy’, Hit-Boy recently worked with Nas on his 15th studio album ‘Magic’, which was issued last month.
Meanwhile, West’s track ‘Eazy’ has already attracted criticism from PETA for its “disturbing” cover art.