Two legendary Hip-Hop producers face off in an epic beat battle for the culture.
Last night legendary Hip-Hop producers Boi-1da and Hit-Boy went head-to-head in a beat battle for the ages. The bout went on for an allotted three hours (10 PM EST to 1AM EST), and drew up to 22,000 viewers on their joint Instagram live.
The event resembled a main event in Vegas, attracting star studded viewers such as Drake, Justin Timberlake, Snoh Alegra, Tinashe, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, Jermaine Dupri, Big Sean, Tidal and many more.
Over the course of the showcase, the two musicians went back and forth playing hits from their catalogues. Canadian producer Boi-1da showcased a plethora of Drake hits like Free Smoke, God’s Plan, 0 to 100, and Summer Sixteen.
That sparked a lot of banter from Boi-1da as he told Hit-Boy to “wash his hands” after playing some of his biggest beats, as well as playing the Drake infused tag “no disrespect to Hit-Boy, but I got all the hits boy.”
While Boi1da’s catalogue involved a lot of Toronto collaboration, he also managed to exhibit hits from other artists such as G-Eazy’s No Limit (Feat. Cardi B & A$AP Rocky), ScHoolboy Q’s Yay Yay, and even Eminem’s Not Afraid.
Hit-Boy’s catalogue featured a bit more artist variation with songs from Beyoncé, Meek Mill, Jay Z, Kanye West, Nipsey Hussle, and Kendrick Lamar. Those included Bow Down, 100 Summers, Clique, Racks In The Middle, and Backseat Freestyle, respectively.
The biggest set off from the Californian’s catalogue was the 2011 hit Niggas In Paris, which got multiple run-backs, along with high praise from Drake who said “this might be the greatest rap song ever heard.”
Fans also got a taste of unreleased new music that took the battle to a whole new level. Boi-1da featured a Drake and Roddy Ricch track that may appear on Drake’s new album:
Whereas Hit-Boy took more liberty in showing off unreleased joints from Big Sean’s Detroit 2 album, a future Nas song, and a new Benny The Butcher song:
No matter who came out on top, last night was a night to remember and a win for Hip-Hop.
Featured Image via: Twitter @Hit_boy