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Hip-hop super producer Hit-Boy has helped create some of the biggest hits of the last decade. His discography includes classic songs with Jay-Z and Kanye West, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, and Rihanna. His crowning achievement however are the series of albums he’s produced for Nas including King’s Disease and Magic.

On today’s episode Justin Richmond talks to Hit-Boy about how he recently introduced a new, but old, piece of equipment into his beat-making process. He also talks about the years-long process of making a beat on Beyonce’s Renaissance, and he explains his creative process with Nas and how they have been able to lock in and create some of the best work of Nas’s career.

You can hear a playlist of some of our favorite Hit-Boy songs HERE.

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