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Hitmaka Recalls $50K Advancement From A Deal With DMX That Led His Dad To Support His Music Dreams At Age 14

As a teen, Hitmaka had a dream of pursuing music. Little did he know that it would become a reality well before he even hit his adult years. Born Christian J. Ward, the heavy-hitting producer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. However, despite the fact that his parents didn’t always believe in his dreams of becoming a musician, one legendary rapper did — ultimately changing the course of his life forever.

Jan 5, 2023

Before Multi-Hyphenate Hitmaka Became A Music Label Executive, He Was Dropped By DMX's Label As A Teen

Hitmaka’s story just might be the epitome of divine timing. In fact, the heavy hitter producer, whose real name is Christian J. Ward, first hit the scene at age 14 when he signed to Bloodline Records — the music label headed by the late legendary DMX. At the time, the aspiring artist — who now holds the title of Vice President of A&R at EMPIRE — was operating under the stage name Iceberg.

Nov 10, 2022