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Background information
Birth name Matthew Jehu Samuels
Also known as Boi Wonder
Born (1986-10-12) October 12, 1986 (age 28)
Kingston, Jamaica
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler, FL Studio
Years active 2006–present
Labels Boi-1da Productions, OVO Sound, Warner
Associated acts Bizzle, Lecrae, Drake

Matthew Jehu Samuels (born on October 12, 1986),[1] professionally known as Boi-1da (/ˌbɔɪˈwʌndə/ 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, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, G-Unit, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Das Racist, Lecrae, Nas, Bizzle, Talib Kweli, Saukrates, and Kendrick Lamar, 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[edit]

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Samuels moved to Canada when he was three, and grew up in the North York and Scarborough districts of Toronto.[2][3] He was also raised in Ajax, Ontario,[4] 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.

His first production work was at the age of eighteen, when he worked on two tracks on a mixtape (Room for Improvement) for Drake.[2]

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.[1][3] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] He's also working on Busta Rhymes' upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2.

Boi-1da produced the hit song, "Not Afraid", by Eminem, which premiered April 29, 2010.

Boi-1da was credited for producing "hahahaha jk?" from Das Racist's debut album Sit Down, Man, which was released September 2010.

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[edit]

ASCAP Pop Music Awards[edit]

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".[8]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Over" Songwriters of the Year (with Noah "40" Shebib) Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Boi-1da has been nominated five times and has won three Grammy's.[9]

Year Recipient Award Result
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
"Over" (Drake) Nominated
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


  1. ^ a b Boi-1da [Interview] HipHopCanada. Accessed on November 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Ja's Wonder Boy", Jamaica Observer, March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014
  3. ^ a b Featured Producer: Boi-1da HipHopCanada. Accessed on July 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Boi-1da Exclaim!. Accessed on November 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Dr. Dre Raps On Leaked Remix Of Kardinal Offishall's 'Set It Off' MTV. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Specials : Wrap Up Pt.5 MuchMusic. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
  7. ^ FEATURE: Boi-1da, A Star Is Born XXL. Accessed on October 2, 2009.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

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