Earlier this year, Hit-Boy launched his own Interscope imprint, Hits Since 87; last week, he officially announced his split with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
Hit-Boy – who produced Jay-Z and Kanye's 'N***** in Paris'; 'Clique,' the collaborative single by Kanye, Jay and Big Sean; and 'Somewhere In America,' a new song from Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' – says there's no bad blood between him and Kanye. He's just ready to do his own thing.
His first label statement was the 'Hit-Boy Presents HS87: All I've Ever Dreamed Of' compilation back in March. Now his first move following his independence from G.O.O.D. is this Damian Marcano-directed video for his new song 'New Chains,' a remix of 'New Slaves,' a song from Kanye's recent 'Yeezus' album.
On the mic, Hit-Boy sounds furious. “I'll just keep these beats for myself,” he declares. Then he says he was held back by his (unnamed) superiors because they feared he would surpass them. That's just the first verse.
In our exclusive interview with Hit-Boy, he said this about his 'New Slaves' remix: "I was a big fan of the emotion in that song, but I wanted to put a more youthful perspective on it. I don't know how people are going to take it, but I wanted to put my perspective on it. I'm a young guy, really just learning about life, and spending my money. That's what Kanye's talking about in his version, but I'm talking about the youthful part of that."
Read the full interview here.