Producer/rapper Hit-Boy has been one of G.O.O.D. Music’s most noteworthy success stories, having been the man behind some of the crew’s biggest hits, including “Clique” and “Cold” from 2012’s Cruel Summer compilation, and of course, Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Grammy-winning smash “N__as In Paris.”
But in an interview with Miss Info TV, the hitmaker made it clear that he is not affiliated with Kanye’s imprint any longer. He has reportedly inked a deal with Hip-Hop Since 1978 founder Gee Robertson’s new Interscope/Geffen subsidiary, Blueprint.
“I got nothing but respect for Kanye, [but] I’m no longer a part of G.O.O.D. Music anymore,” said Hit-Boy. “HS87 is where my heart is; that’s what I’m reppin.” Hits Since 87 (HS87) is Hit-Boy’s own imprint.
Hit-Boy didn’t work on Kanye’s recently-released album Yeezus, which sparked some speculation amongst fans regarding his standing at the label. He is now the second major artist to walk away from G.O.O.D. Music this year. Rapper Kid Cudi announced his departure back in March.
The label’s next major release is Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, which is due on August 27. Veteran hip-hop stars Q-Tip and Common are expected to release projects on G.O.O.D. Music in the coming months, as well.