Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Big Sean and longtime collaborator, Grammy®-winning super-producer Hit-Boy have announced their new EP collaboration WHAT YOU EXPECT, arriving this Friday, October 29 via Def Jam Recordings. Included on the project is “What A Life,” the scorching new single and video unleashed by the duo last week.
Sean and Hit’s long list of collaborative efforts goes back to the 2012 G.O.O.D. Music banger “Clique,” and beyond. Last year, the two joined forces for three songs on Detroit 2, Sean’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Detroit 2 is eligible for Best Rap Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. “Deep Reverence” featuring Nipsey Hussle, garnered a Grammy® nomination for Best Rap Performance in 2020.
Hit-Boy has emerged as one of the music industry’s most successful and sought-after producers over the past decade, with a discography reading like who’s who in popular music and four Grammys® under his belt for Best Rap Song in 2011 (Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 4x-platinum “N*ggas In Paris”); Best Pop Vocal Album in 2018 (Ariana Grande’s global #1 Sweetener); Best Rap Performance in 2019 (“Racks In the Middle” collabo with Nipsey Hussle and Roddy Ricch); and Best Rap Album in 2021 (King’s Disease by Nas, released in 2020).
Hit-Boy won new acclaim this year for his work as executive producer on the Nas sequel, King’s Disease II (August 2021), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #3 on the 200 Albums chart. Hit-Boy was also executive producer of Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album. Its buzz and success was unprecedented, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack Albums chart, and rising to #12 on the 200 Albums chart.