Jackie L. Plant Jr. had no choice but to take a risk and pursue his passions. After being shaped by an upbringing that resulted in him turning to the streets, he later dedicated himself to a music career and now has earned himself gold plaques and placements with top artists. A true rags-to-riches story, Plant Jr., more commonly known now as Hardbody B-Eazy, is establishing himself as a household name in the industry.
Some records you may recognize his work on include songs such as Fredo Bang’s “Top,” ft. Lil Durk, “Gangsta Talk” ft. NLE Choppa, “Big Steppa” ft. Sada Baby, “No Security” ft. Kevin Gates, as well as his production for underground legends like the late Ceddy Bu and NWA Spitta. In fact, Hardbody B-Eazy is still reaching new heights in his career as Fredo Bang’s “Top” ft. Lil Durk was recently certified gold by the RIAA!
In addition, Hardbody B-Eazy’s work on ventures like Spitta's "Boys in the Rouge" and "Shottas 2" changed the game for him and showed him what was possible in the music industry.
“After those tapes came out, I gained a real local presence and it solidified my role as a producer,” B-Eazy said in a recent interview.
He has no plans of stopping any time soon, in fact, he’s just getting started.
Keep reading to learn more about Hardbody B-Eazy from his recent interview.
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining who you are around today? If so, how?
My upbringing definitely impacted me, I was always just a kid who never complained. I was getting sneakers from the local outlet, big a-- ugly shoes, while all my peers were getting the newest Jordans, every drop. My mom was a single parent raising me when she was just seventeen and that came with certain sacrifices. That never bothered me though, only made me more determined to reach my goals.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
Some of my musical influences include: Drumma Boy, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Young Thug, Future, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Shawty Redd, and Young Jeezy.
What’s one of your most proud projects so far?
The project I’m most proud of is Still Most Hated by Fredo Bang. I feel like it showcases true growth from me and that’s what drives me, getting better. I’m serious about this shit and I'm in my bag right now. I put my all into that tape, with collaborations with DJ Chose. But Fredo really has grown as an artist, I think in ten years people will still be talking about what we did with that project.
What are some projects you’ve done in the past that you are most proud of and why? Explain why they are meaningful to you.
Well definitely NWA Spitta - “Boys in the Rouge” and Spitta’s “Shottas 2”, because those tapes really helped line up the future for me, who knows where I’d be without those bodies of work. After those tapes came out, I gained a real local presence and it solidified my role as a producer. See that year before I left with Bang around like 2017 and 2018, I was very active with the producing, recording, mixing & mastering. I helped push out 64 mixtapes out of my studio, in like 10 months with different talents within my area. People would walk into my studio and see me sleeping on the couch and say “Damn, I didn’t know B-Eazy slept!” I’ve always prided myself on my work ethic and always treated other artists and producers' music like it’s my own, so I feel that helped me in a way.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
My own mixtape Key Playa will be dropping this year. I am also working on the upcoming Murda Made Me tape with Fredo. I’ve got some more music coming with DJ Chose. Additionally, I’ve got a collaboration tape between Fredo, JayDaYoungin and Hitman Audio. I also have tracks coming out with CJ, Coi Leray, and Moneybagg Yo. So there’s plenty of hits to look forward to from me and the team this year. Also, be on the lookout for tracks dropping this year from Hardbody Nipp, Hardbody Tron, & Carly HQ! #HARDBODYORNOBODY.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music?
I try to be motivational, encouraging, and uplifting. Something that can help spark something in you to help you achieve what you want in life, no matter what that is. You can always be better and do better for yourself and others. I’m big on pushing energy out there and showing people what they are capable of. If I can do it, so can you.
Keep up with Hardbody B-Eazy on Instagram @hardbody_beazy, and check out his latest work on Fredo Bang and Lil Durk’s song “Top (Remix)” below.