Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” almost belonged to Meek Mill. The song’s producer, Jahlil Beats, made the revelation on Thursday with DJ Booth. Before he ultimately gave the track to Lloyd Banks, the record was going to be given to Meek.
That beat was actually for Meek Mill as well. At the time, he had so much of that type of music, so I sent it to Lloyd Banks. He put the record out and never really did nothing with it. Nowadays, it’s like rappers put your record out and if it pops off, then they do the business side. So he put it out and I was like, ‘Aight, cool.’ I really fucked with the record.
Banks’ version never really popped off, but once Bobby got his hand on the Jahlil-produced beat, the rest was history. Once the Brooklyn emcee’s infamous hat flip became the next viral sensation, people immediately began tagging the Roc Nation producer, but he didn’t know who Bobby was prior.
I didn’t know who he was at all. I saw people tagging me in it, in the video where he’s throwing the hat up and all that. And then my cousin sent me a tweet from Kevin Durant where he’s talking about it. That was when I knew it was big.
Afterwards, Jahlil got connected with Bobby and handled the business side of the beat, before working on a next batch of music.
We got about five records that we had worked on before [Shmurda] got locked up. His success was very short. He got locked up like a month after that record really blew up.
“Hot N*gga” was the GS9 front man’s debut single, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also spawned the favorable Shmoney Dance.