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Artist, Producer, Songwriter
Growing up in Chicago, artist, producer, and songwriter Christian Ward aka
Yung Berg aka Hitmaka was focused while most his age was merely
beginning to figure out whom they even were. Music was what he had his
eyes on. His passion was so strong it caused tunnel vision of sorts; winning
in all facets of the industry was all he saw. That is all he still sees. It all
began with a deal on DMX’s Bloodline Records and going on to work on a
soundtrack for Warner Bros.’ film, “Exit Wounds,” at the budding age of 15.
Early determination has positioned Yung Berg to control his own destiny
and his imprint on music.

His parents didn’t understand where the desire to do music came from so
Yung Berg became his own guide when it came to his career decisions.
Making a mature and life changing move he left the Midwest for California.
To follow any dream you can’t be afraid to live them, so he did just that. In
2005 he landed a position as DTP’s artist Shawnna’s hype man and
recording assistant. The industry was becoming familiar with him and he
was becoming more aware that he was a good fit for it. His first album
“Look What You Made Me” was released the summer of 2008, he now had
something that was completely his own, but that was only the beginning.
In the midst of opportunities coming his way, Yung Berg established his
own ventures including Yung Bosses production team & YFM. Around this
time the world became very familiar with the artist in him when his
collaboration, “Sexy Can I,” with Ray J took over the airwaves. The single
went 4 ó times platinum and was featured on Ray J’s fourth album & Yung
Berg's debut album. Followed by the singles Sexy Lady & The Business that
both sold platinum. In 2011 he brought in music manager Tiffany J. she
encouraged the multi- talented star into focusing on his talents as a writer &
producer for other acts.

The recent years have brought on a string of more production and
songwriting credits under the name “Hitmaka” with a roster of established
artists trusting his gifts. He has produced or written on some of the most
popular records in the last few, now being Grammy nominated 4 times to
date. He received Grammy nominations for Lil Wayne feat Rick Ross
“John”, Tamar Braxton “The One”, Nicki Minaj “Pink Print and Big Sean
“Bounce Back”.

Hitmaka is also currently the VP of A&R at Atlantic records recently
signing his first act Malibu Miitch. While still churning out hits for Ty Dolla
Sign f. Quavo & Gucci Mane “Pineapple”, Chris Brown “Party” and Wiz
Khalifa f. Ty Dolla $ign “Something New” the hits have just kept on

Realizing that in the industry if you don’t take the wheel it may be taken
from you has influenced his path. He shares these sentiments “After the
career I had as an artist, I have to thank God for allowing me another
opportunity, my music is meant to leave a lasting impact. Creating your own
way, building off established success, and of course continuing to push
forward” Hitmaka has allowed every experience to put him in a new place
and change his approach to life and especially his music, all for the better.

My Panelists Sessions

Wednesday, May 9

1:30pm PDT