Hit-Boy and The Alchemist are known as prolific producers but the beat maestros each picked up the mic for their latest collaboration.
On Friday (March 10), the 2022 HipHopDX Producer of the Year and ALC teamed up for “Slipping Into Darkness,” which finds the duo rapping over each other’s hard-hitting production.
The THIRDEYERAZ-directed clip showcases Hit-Boy and Alchemist cooking up beats on the spot inside a lavish clothing boutique store.
The clip also happens to be the full version of a teaser shared earlier this week that saw Hit-Boy light the producer world on fire by jabbing several of his production peers who make a living behind the boards such as Metro Boomin, Southside, Hitmaka, Mustard and more.
“I don’t really know dude, he seem like a cool cat/ But I never once heard Metro Boomin do boom bap/ I never heard a Southside beat without an 808 in it/ HB in drunk-driver mode, I swerve in every lane with it,” he raps.
“I fuck with Mustard, he can make that ratchet shit with his eyes closed/ But now I’m starting to wonder can that n-gga chop soul?”
Metro Boomin subliminally responded to the King’s Disease producer as he quoted Kendrick Lamar‘s “Rich Spirit” lyrics in a tweet: “Stop playin’ with me ‘fore I turn you to a song.”
Taking shots at Hitmaka, Hit-Boy continues: “I just seen Yung Berg spoke on the wave, I should do him like Trick Trick and snatch Hit out his name/ I had decoded the game, I had the coldest of days/ I’m like Bieber on his cruise, how you got no credits without co-producers?”
In a comment on HipHopDX‘s Instagram post, Hitmaka fired back by writing: “All I said was he ain’t making radio/mainstream shit and he dissed us on a beat that won’t never touch mainstream or radio. Solidified my statement.”
The video for “Slipping Into Darkness” features a FaceTime conversation between Hit-Boy and The Game, where the Compton dignitary champions his DRILLMATIC executive producer as the best the genre has to offer.
“You’re better than these n-ggas, bro,” Game says in the clip.
Hit-Boy embraces the compliment but explains why it’s tough to compare producers these days with so much collaborating behind the boards going on.
“It’s really no way to tell who the best producer is no more because its four or five n-ggas on every beat. I’m like I’m one of the only n-ggas that could make a beat by myself,” Hit proclaims.