Bobby Shmurda’s world changed forever with the release of his smash hit “Hot N-gga” in 2014, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is now 5x-platinum with over 777 million YouTube views.
On Saturday (December 11), the Brooklyn rapper took to Twitter to inspire others to follow their dreams — just like he did with music. He revealed “Hot N-gga” was recorded during a one-hour studio session that cost just $20.
“Too many people got a DREAM that they never chased, then go through life and be angry they never tried,” Bobby Shmurda wrote. “let me remind y’all ‘Hot N-gga’ took 20$ for 1 hour of studio time in the hood to create and that 1 hour of FOCUS changed my life and everyone around me FORVER #shmurda.”
The “Hot N-gga” beat was originally made for Meek Mill, but Lloyd Banks ended up using it for a song called “Jackpot” in 2012. When producer Jahlil Beats put the beat on one of his Crack Music instrumental mixtapes, Shmurda took it and turned it into the anthem it is today.
“[Bobby Shmurda] ended up doing the record and…it just blew up, man,” Jahlil Beats told DJBooth in 2018. “The crazy thing about it is, I found out last. 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.”
He continued “I found [Bobby Shmurda] on Instagram and I reached out to him. He was like, ‘Listen man, I’m just trying to get out of the streets. Can you give me your blessing?’ I was like, ‘Yeah! Rock out with it.’ Sha Money XL reached out to me as well and was like, ‘I’m about to sign this kid, let me know what’s up.’ Sha Money cut me a nice check for that record and the ‘Shmoney Dance’ record.”
Revisit Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N-gga” music video below.