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Freestyle 101: H.I.T.T.M.A.N.

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Posted November 11, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Hittman »


His name stands for “His Interesting Talent To Motivate All Nations.” Hip hop heads know H.I.T.T.M.A.N. from Dr. Dre’s multi-platinum album Chronic 2001, where he practically stole the show alongside legends like Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Eminem and Xzibit. He’s the guy who bursts out of the screen at the end of the “Difference Between Me and You” video with Dre and Em. He was poised to be the next big thing when…well…nothing happened. He parted ways with Dre and Aftermath, he never made it to the Up In Smoke tour, and he just kinda vanished without a trace. Until now…

H.I.T.T.M.A.N.’s long-awaited self-titled debut album was just released and he’s hitting the road to take his music to the people. And with bangers like “West Coast Sh*t,” “Last Dayz,” and “La La La,” he shouldn’t have too much problem making new fans. It was a pleasure to have him stop by Engine Room Studios in Hollywood to rhyme about videogames over a Bruce Yi beat. The man knows his games and publishers, and spit a rapid fire, off the dome freestyle about ‘em just for you. In his interview, H.I.T.T.M.A.N. talks about the early days of the Los Anegeles rap scenes and how he met Dr. Dre. Turns out Dre was looking for a short, stocky Eazy-E type character that he could launch like he did Snoop Dogg with his previous landmark album, The Chronic, and N.W.A. before that.

Freestyle 101 goes up at 9 a.m. PST (that’s noon over on the east) every Tuesday. And if you dig H.I.T.T.M.A.N. then check webisodes with other Dre affiliates RBX and Devin the Dude, plus Cali legends Ice-T, Tha Alkaholiks, Ras Kass and Planet Asia. Next up is nerdcore kingpin YTCracker, followed by Large professor, People Under The Stairs, Sen Dog, Cappadonna, Teflon and more. Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on Facebook and MySpace and rant in our Forums too!

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