Bangladesh has stepped into the ring in the ongoing Hit-Boy versus Hitmaka debate, implying he should be crowned the production champion instead.
Hit-Boy — who was crowned HipHopDX‘s Producer of 2022 — took aim at Hitmaka on “Slipping Into Darkness” earlier this month in response to comments he made on Hot 97.
“I’m on the radio; Hit-Boy’s not on the radio,” the artist formerly known as Yung Berg said during an interview with Ebro Darden, who had brought up the similarity between their names. “Nah, I love Hit-Boy. Hit-Boy’s a legendary producer, he’s been doing it way longer than me, he’s a great guy.
“But I’m keeping it a B, though: if you play the soundtrack to your life for the last four or five years on radio, I know it’s gotta be frustrating for him because my name is so similar, my brother. But Hitmaka.”
As their back and forth has continued, Bangladesh threw himself into the mix in a video posted on Instagram on Tuesday (March 28), in which he criticized the pair’s purported reliance on sampling.
“Sampling is cool, but it’s not as impressive as creating your own beats from scratch,” the “A Milli” producer said. “Sampling is cheat codes. I ain’t talking about crate-digging sampling. I’m talking about sampling shit that was just out 10 to five years ago, or even just like obvious samples that was already a hit. Of course it was gonna be a hit again.”
He continued: “I wanna create shit from scratch that becomes a hit. And I get it, sampling is easier on the consumers’ ears. It’s familiar to them, so it’s easier. It’s like the music business, I get it. I didn’t get in it for that; I got into it to change the game. I’d wanna be sampled one day. I can’t be sampled sampling, so it’s not as impressive to me.”
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Bangladesh’s own catalog is nothing to scoff at. The Iowa native has worked on some of rap and R&B’s biggest hits in his 20-plus-year career, including Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,” Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade,” Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy,” Beyoncé’s “Diva” and Nicki Minaj’s “Did It On ‘Em.”
During an recent interview with HipHopDX to promote his new joint album with Jim Jones, Back In My Prime, Hitmaka doubled down on his comments and said he wasn’t wrong about anything he said about Hit-Boy.
“I love it because it’s part of the game, and it’s all competition, but at the end of the day, I don’t think what I said was false,” he told DX. “Maybe the way I presented it and due to us having a history to where it’s not like we’re not collaborators. We never worked together before, but to be honest with you like I said what I said, and I stand on it.
“I just could have presented it in a better way. I could have said, ‘You know what? Hit-Boy is great at what he does, but I’m more of the mainstream guy.’ There was DJ Premier and there was Puff Daddy, they both existed at the same time, and they were both on similar albums. They both can work with Nas, you know what I’m saying?
“When they wanted ‘Hate Me Now,’ he pulled up on Puff for an album cut. And I love DJ Premier, and I love Puff, but it’s just different lanes, bro.”