Boi-1da

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Boi-1da
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Background information
Birth name Matthew Jehu Samuels
Also known as Boi-1da
Born (1986-10-12) October 12, 1986 (age 30)
Kingston, Jamaica
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active 2006–present
Labels Boi-1da Productions, OVO Sound, Warner
Associated acts Drake
Website boi-1da.net

Matthew Jehu Samuels (born October 12, 1986),[1] professionally known as Boi-1da (/ˌbɔɪˈwʌndə/ boy-WON-da), is a Canadian record producer from Toronto, Ontario.

He is an in-house producer for Drake's OVO Sound label and has produced for a variety of artists and groups, most notably Drake, Rihanna, Eminem, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Nas and Kendrick Lamar among others.

Early life[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. His father was a keen listener of dancehall music and so Samuels was brought up listening to Jamaican music.[5] 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 18, when he worked on two tracks on a mixtape (Room for Improvement) for Drake.[2]

Career[edit]

Dr. Dre appeared on the remix of "Set It Off" by Kardinal Offishall, produced by Boi-1da.[6] 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.[7] Unfortunately, the album was indefinitely shelved,[8] and none of the released or leaked tracks by Dr. Dre featured Boi-1da's production. He had since stated that he was working with songwriter Sean Garrett and has submitted tracks for Usher.[9] 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; and "hahahaha jk?", from Das Racist's debut album Sit Down, Man, which was released September 2010.[citation needed]

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 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 album titled The Good Fight, released in May 7, 2013.[citation needed] He is also a member of Drake's October's Very Own with Noah "40" Shebib and T-Minus.[citation needed]

Boi-1da produced "Party Favors" for Tinashe for her sophomore studio album, Joyride. The single features Young Thug.[citation needed]

In January 2016, Rihanna released the dancehall track "Work", featuring Drake.[10] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first Boi-1da produced track to top the charts. Between 2016 and 2017, Boi-1da continued to produce dancehall tracks, such as Drake's "Controlla", Tyga's "1 of 1", PartyNextDoor's "Only U" and Nicki Minaj's "Regret In Your Tears".[5]

On January 8, 2016, Kanye West released a song titled "Real Friends" in which he credits Boi-1da for the sample.[11]

Musical style[edit]

Boi-1da is known for his distinctive dancehall sound,[12] having been brought up listening to dancehall before hip-hop.[5] He often incorporates live instrumentation and an air horn sound effect into his beats, as used in dancehall and reggae, and frequenlty incoporates samples in his productions.[5] Boi-1da has spoken out against songs which imitate dancehall, criticising fellow Toronto musician Tory Lanez for doing so in his 2016 single "Luv".[13]

He currently uses FL Studio 12 to make beats, previously, he used Fruity Loops 3.56, 7 XL and 9.[1][3]

Boi-1da has spoken about being influenced by producers such as Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, and The Neptunes.[5]

Production discography[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
US
R&B

US
Rap

AUS
CAN
GER
IRL
NZ
SWI
UK
"Set It Off"
(Kardinal Offishall featuring Clipse)
2008 Not 4 Sale
"Best I Ever Had"
(Drake)
2009 2 1 1 24 79
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
So Far Gone
"Forever"
(Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem)
8 2 1 99 26 41 42 More Than a Game
"4 My Town (Play Ball)"
(Birdman featuring Drake & Lil Wayne)
90 37 17 Priceless
"Over"
(Drake)
2010 14 2 1 17 50
  • RIAA: Gold
Thank Me Later
"Not Afraid"
(Eminem)
1 70 8 4 1 9 3 8 2 5 Recovery
"Miss Me"
(Drake featuring Lil Wayne)
15 3 2 72 162
  • RIAA: Gold
Thank Me Later
"Speakers Going Hammer"
(Soulja Boy)
47 24 The DeAndre Way
"Forgive Me"
(Bizzle featuring Jin)[14]
2011 Tough Love & Parabels
"Headlines"
(Drake)
13 2 1 18 57
  • MC: Platinum
  • RIAA: Platinum
Take Care
"Get Low"
(Waka Flocka Flame featuring Nicki Minaj, Tyga & Flo Rida)
2012 72 62 25 58 Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
"Goodbye"
(Slaughterhouse)
49 50 Welcome to: Our House
"Turn 'Em Away"
(Bizzle)[15]
Non-album single
"Freedom"
(Nicki Minaj)
31 23 107 Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up
"High School"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne)
2013 68 22 15 57 81 79 47 31
  • RIAA: Gold
"No New Friends"
(DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
37 9 8
  • RIAA: Gold
Suffering from Success
"My Confession"
(Bizzle featuring Sevin)[16]
The Good Fight
"I'm a Christian"
(Bizzle)[17]
"0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
(Drake)
2014 35 8 7 61 68
  • RIAA: Platinum
non-album single
"The Blacker the Berry"
(Kendrick Lamar)
2015 66 32 16 83 To Pimp a Butterfly
"Work"
(Rihanna featuring Drake)
2016 1 1 10 7 22 21 20 24 4
  • RIAA: 5x Platinum
Anti
"Summer Sixteen"
(Drake)
6 1 1 25 12 97 89 8 63 23 non-album single
"Regret in Your Tears"
(Nicki Minaj)
2017 61 26 14 84 69 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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".[18]

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 seven times and won one.[19][20]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 "Best I Ever Had" (Drake) Best Rap Song Nominated
2011 "Not Afraid" (Eminem) Nominated
Recovery (Eminem) Album of the Year Nominated
2015 "0 to 100 / The Catch Up" (Drake) Best Rap Song Nominated
2016 "Energy" (Drake) Nominated
To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar) Album of the Year Nominated
2017 Views (Drake) Nominated
Work (Rihanna) Record of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  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 Archived June 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. HipHopCanada. Accessed on July 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Boi-1da Exclaim!. Accessed on November 18, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Producer Boi-1da Distills Dancehall Vibes for the Hip-Hop Masses". Medium. 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  6. ^ Dr. Dre Raps On Leaked Remix Of Kardinal Offishall's 'Set It Off' MTV. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
  7. ^ Specials : Wrap Up Pt.5 MuchMusic. Accessed on January 22, 2009.
  8. ^ http://uk.complex.com/music/2014/11/rap-albums-that-never-came-out/dr-dre-ice-cube-helter-skelter
  9. ^ FEATURE: Boi-1da, A Star Is Born Archived February 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. XXL. Accessed on October 2, 2009.
  10. ^ "Do You Know the Riddim Rihanna Samples in "Work?"". Genius. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  11. ^ "KANYE WEST on Twitter". Twitter. 
  12. ^ "Meet the Producers Who Brought Dancehall Back to the Charts In 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Boi-1da Calls Out Tory Lanez' "Luv" For Being A "Terrible" Dancehall Imitation". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Bizzle f. Jin "Forgive Me [Prod. Boi-1da]"". Hip Hop DX. Cheri Media Group. March 17, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bizzle - Turn'em Away (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. September 12, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bizzle - My Confession ft. Sevin (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. April 30, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bizzle - I'm a Christian (Prod. by Boi-1da & The Maven Boys)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. May 10, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Drake Honors Boi-1da and Noah 40 Shebib at ASCAP Awards [Video]". Rap-Up. 
  19. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ http://theboombox.com/eminem-drake-producer-boi-1da-humbled-by-grammy-nominations/

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