Hit-Boy Questions Why Kendrick Lamar & Roddy Ricch Haven't Collaborated With Him Recently

Hit-Boy hopes he could lock in with Kendrick Lamar and Roddy Ricch again.

BYAron A.
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Hit-Boy's catalog is unf*ckwittable. There hasn't been a year in the last decade where he hasn't had a smash hit on the airwaves. Whether it's records like Ye and Jay-Z's "N***as in Paris" or Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," Hit-Boy's been inescapable.

Unfortunately, it appears that some of the artists who Hit-Boy worked with on some of their biggest hits haven't reached out lately. During a recent appearance on Akademiks' Off The Record, Hit-Boy opened up about the lack of collaborations he had with Kendrick Lamar and Roddy Ricch, despite producing huge records in their catalog

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Hit-Boy attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

He explained that he helped Roddy Ricch win his first Grammy award. From there, he explained that he hoped it would open the doors for more collaborations.

"The music shit is weird,” Hit-Boy said about working with Roddy Ricch. “The first beat I ever played n***as, the first song we ever did within 10 minutes of knowing each other, won a Grammy. How the fuck have we not locked in on more music. I don’t get it. Maybe it’s not for me to get.”

The song that he's referencing is Nipsey Hussle's "Racks In The Middle." According to Hit-Boy, Roddy Ricch recorded the song with the intention to make his grand debut. However, Hit-Boy revealed that a conversation with Nipsey Hussle changed the song's trajectory. Hit-Boy explained that there's an additional verse from Roddy Ricch that he'd like to release in the future.

As far as Kendrick, Hit-Boy expressed his confusion that they haven't locked in again since "Backseat Freestyle." Though they worked together on 2021's "Back In Traffic," he explained that he hasn't produced anything for Kendrick recently.

"I don’t be understanding how n***as don’t be having more songs, but it’s not up to me,” Hit-Boy said. “It’s like n***as around n***as, whatever the fuck it is.”

Though he said it's all love and respect between himself and Kendrick, he feels that they could make some "life-changing shit" together.

“It’s like n***as around n***as, whatever the fuck it is," he said. "Kendrick know what the fuck he doing. If it’s meant for n***as to lock in it’s gonna happen but I do definitely one million fucking percent feel like it’s no way we ain’t gonna make some life-changing shit if we really do tap in.”

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.