|Birth name||Matthew Jehu Samuels|
October 12, 1986 |
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Keyboard, drum machine, sampler, FL Studio|
|Labels||Boi-1da Productions, OVO Sound|
|Associated acts||Bizzle, Drake|
Matthew Jehu Samuels (born on October 12, 1986), professionally known as Boi-1da (// boy-WON-da), is a Canadian hip-hop producer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists and groups such as Clipse, The Diplomats, Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, G-Unit, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Das Racist, Lecrae, Nas, Bizzle, Talib Kweli and Saukrates, among others. He significantly collaborates with other producers who co-produce on his tracks including, The Maven Boys, Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk, Vinylz and Allen Ritter.
Early life and career
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Samuels moved to Canada when he was three, and grew up in the North York and Scarborough districts of Toronto. He was also raised in Ajax, Ontario, where he currently resides. At the age of eight, his mother bought him a Casio keyboard, and at the age of 15, a friend had introduced him to FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops). Without any formal musical training, he started using the FL Studio beat-making program. A few years later, he won three consecutive Battle of the Beatmakers championships; because of this accomplishment, he was given a spot in the Battle of the Beatmakers judging panel.
While Boi-1da is known to use samples in his productions, he often incorporates live instrumentation and an air horn sound effect (more commonly used in dancehall and reggae). He currently uses FL Studio 9 to make beats, previously, he used Fruity Loops 3.56 and 7 XL. Boi-1da was influenced by producers such as Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, and The Neptunes.
Dr. Dre appeared on the remix of "Set It Off" by Kardinal Offishall, produced by Boi-1da. In an interview with FLOW 93.5, Boi-1da revealed that he was working on beats for Dr. Dre's highly anticipated album, Detox, which was to be released in 2011. However, the album has yet to be released, and none of the released or leaked tracks by Dr. Dre feature Boi-1da's production. He's currently working with songwriter Sean Garrett, has submitted tracks for Usher, and worked with the Jonas Brothers in studio. He's also working on Busta Rhymes' upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2.
In April 2011, Boi-1da was confirmed to be working on Drake's second album, Take Care, which was released November 15, 2011.
Boi-1da has recently worked with the rapper Lecrae on his song "Gimme a Second" from his mixtape Church Clothes. He has also collaborated with the rapper Bizzle for his next album titled The Good Fight due out in May 7, 2013. He is also a member of Drake's October's Very Own with Noah "40" Shebib and T-Minus.
Awards and nominations
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosts a series of awards shows, honoring people in different music categories; pop music is one of its seven categories. In 2011, Drake presented the award to him and 40, They both won the ASCAP Pop Music Award for the Songwriters of the Year for "Over".
|2011||"Over"||Songwriters of the Year (with Noah "40" Shebib)||Won|
|2010||"Best I Ever Had" (Drake)||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|Best Rap Solo Performance||Nominated|
|2011||"Not Afraid" (Eminem)||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|Best Rap Solo Performance||Won|
|Recovery (Eminem)||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||Won|
|Thank Me Later (Drake)||Nominated|
|2013||Fortune (Chris Brown)||Best Urban Contemporary Album||Nominated|
|Take Care (Drake)||Best Rap Album||Won|
- Boi-1da [Interview] HipHopCanada. Accessed on November 25, 2009.
- Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Ja's Wonder Boy", Jamaica Observer, March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014
- Featured Producer: Boi-1da HipHopCanada. Accessed on July 28, 2008.
- Boi-1da Exclaim!. Accessed on November 18, 2010.
- Dr. Dre Raps On Leaked Remix Of Kardinal Offishall's 'Set It Off' MTV. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
- Specials : Wrap Up Pt.5 MuchMusic. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
- FEATURE: Boi-1da, A Star Is Born XXL. Accessed on October 2, 2009.
- "Nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 15, 2010.