With the rise of Lil Durk’s remix to “Top”, the world has finally become hip to one of Baton Rouge’s best; Fredo Bang. However, much of Fredo’s success–including that of “Top”–can be attributed to his in house producer/engineer Hardbody B-Eazy.
The Plaquemine, Louisiana native became Bang’s in house producer back in 2018 and is responsible for records like “Gangsta Talk” ft. NLE Choppa, “Big Steppa” ft. Sada Baby, “No Security” ft. Kevin Gates, and many others. Some of his top placements with Fredo Bang specifically include “Gangsta Talk” and “Trust Issues.”
“The project I’m most proud of is Still Most Hated by Fredo Bang,” Hardbody said. “I feel like it showcases true growth from me and that’s what drives me, getting better. I’m serious about this and in my bag. I put my all into that tape and I think it shows.”
Hardbody, born Jackie Plant, Jr., knew from an early age that music was what he was meant to do.
“My father played the drums, which introduced me to music. He was too heavily involved in the streets so he couldn’t reach his full potential in the music industry, but that only inspired me to make it for both of us. All of my friends and family are also heavily involved in the music industry, it’s in our blood,” Hardbody explained in a recent interview.
However, as deep as music ran in the producer’s family, so did ties to the streets. Hardbody sold drugs and got the ‘B’ in Hardbody B-Eazy from being gang affiliated. When speaking on the impact that being in a gang at a young age had on him he stated:
“I was still young and learning, and while those experiences helped make me who I am I’m no longer gang-affiliated. Now I am about being a positive influence on the next generation and helping our people find their path to life.”
Being a positive influence for the next generation has always been at the forefront of both Hardbody’s career and his values. When the producer first began making music, one of his friend’s mothers told him:
“When you come around you bring a wave of creative and inspirational energy to my son and his friends. When you’re in town I notice a shift in their focus from smoking and playing basketball to making music and a name for themselves. You truly have a significant and positive impact on the youth of Baton Rouge.”
Hardbody’s ability to balance developing artists like Fredo Bang, putting on for his people and having a successful career is a talent that not many in the industry have. His ability to cultivate real relationships with people. His success with Fredo has given him the opportunity to work with some of rap’s biggest emerging acts like CJ and Coi Leray, as well as heavyweights like JayDaYoungan and Moneybagg Yo.
Be sure to be on the lookout for Hardbody B-Eazy’s upcoming project Key Playa as well as his next collaborative effort with Fredo Bang titled Murda Made Me! You can follow him on Instagram @Hardbody_Beazy.