Two of the finest Hip-Hop record producers – Buddah Bless & Hit-Boy – have expressed their frustration over ‘too much hate/gatekeeping’ in the recorded music industry. Buddah Bless took to Instagram in support of Hit-Boy’s recent statements over production credits and the longevity of big producers such as themselves.
Speaking to DJ Akademiks on the Off The Record podcast, the producer behind Nas’ King’s Disease III and Divine’s leading singles from his latest LP Gunehgar, Hit-Boy referred to the Pulitzer-winning Compton-bred emcee Kendrick Lamar and Roddy Ricch and spoke at length about how he produced their career-defining hits and he “don’t be having more songs” anymore.
“The music shit is f**** weird man. I love Keef and I love Roddy Ricch but I’m just saying… when the first beat I ever played them n****, the first song we ever did within ten minutes of knowing each other and won a Grammy; How the f*** have we not locked in on more music? I don’t get it. I don’t get it and may be it’s not for me to get.” Hit-Boy – who has produced ‘N**** in Paris’ for Jay-Z & Kanye West, ‘Racks In the Middle’ for Nipsey Hussle & Roddy Ricch and ‘Goldie’ for A$ap Rocky – said during the interview.
Referring to ‘Backseat Freestyle’ – his production on Kendrick Lamar’s third LP ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ – Hit-boy said that he “don’t understand how n**** don’t be having more songs but its not up to me”. Notably, the single was released almost a decade ago on October 15th 2012 and remains as one of Lamar’s signature records to perform live. Watch the clip below.
Buddah Bless, the American record producer behind some of the biggest hits in modern hip-hop such as Travis Scott & Young Thug’s ‘Out West’, Pop Smoke’s ‘Snitching’ featuring Quavo and Future, Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Million Dollar Play’ and Migos’ ‘Need it’ and ‘Bad Bitches Only’, has extended his support to Hit-Boy’s statement and delved deeper into the problems plaguing record producers in the music business.
“Too much hate/gate keeping. Engineers and A&R names end up in the production credits a lot more cuz they can get a piece of it. It’s effecting the music. First album n**** can’t wait to go get the big producers,” Buddah Bless said. “S*** actually works then blow up. Then get a bigger album budget to go wit the new online producers that don’t cost that much and they can sign” the iconic record producer continued.
Buddah further said that he was “left off certain albums” because of “politics” in the Hip-Hop music industry. Read his full statement on Instagram below.