Host Andrew Barber and Hitmaka chat about the hip-hop producer-rapper-executive’s unlikely journey from the Chicago hip-hop scene to the tops of the charts to the offices of Atlantic Records and beyond.
Hitmaka’s career seems more like a fictional novel or movie than real life. Starting his journey as a rap-obsessed teen in Chicago, the artist born Christian Ward found himself rubbing elbows with the likes of future Grammy winners Kanye West, No I.D. and Lupe Fiasco before he could legally drive. He even snagged beats from Kanye and No I.D. for his demo tape, which triggered a bidding war between DMX and Jay-Z.