Boi-1da in 2010
|Birth name||Matthew Jehu Samuels|
|Also known as||Boi-1da|
October 12, 1986|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Instruments||Keyboard, drum machine, sampler|
|Labels||Boi-1da Productions, OVO Sound, Warner Bros. Records|
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, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar among others. In 2013, Samuels served as the executive producer for Drake's mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late.
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. His father was a keen listener of dancehall music and so Samuels was brought up listening to Jamaican music. 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.
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, that album was indefinitely shelved, 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. He's also working on Busta Rhymes' upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2.
Boi-1da assisted with Drake's second album, Take Care, which was released November 15, 2011.
Boi-1da worked with rapper Lecrae on his song "Gimme a Second" from his mixtape Church Clothes. He also collaborated with rapper Bizzle on his 2013 album The Good Fight3. He is also a member of Drake's October's Very Own with Noah "40" Shebib and T-Minus.
In January 2016, Rihanna released the dancehall track "Work", featuring Drake. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the second 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".
Boi-1da is known for his distinctive dancehall sound, having been brought up listening to dancehall before hip-hop. He often incorporates live instrumentation and an air horn sound effect into his beats, as used in dancehall and reggae, and frequently incorporates samples in his productions. Boi-1da has spoken out against songs which imitate dancehall, criticising fellow Toronto musician Tory Lanez for doing so in his 2016 single "Luv".
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Set It Off"
(Kardinal Offishall featuring Clipse)
|2008||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Not 4 Sale|
|"Best I Ever Had"
||So Far Gone|
(Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem)
|8||2||1||99||26||—||41||—||—||42||More Than a Game|
|"4 My Town (Play Ball)"
(Birdman featuring Drake and Lil Wayne)
||Thank Me Later|
(Drake featuring Lil Wayne)
||Thank Me Later|
|"Speakers Going Hammer"
|—||47||24||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The DeAndre Way|
(Bizzle featuring Jin)
|2011||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Tough Love & Parabels|
(Waka Flocka Flame featuring Nicki Minaj, Tyga and Flo Rida)
|2012||72||62||25||—||58||—||—||—||—||—||Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family|
|—||49||50||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Welcome to: Our House|
|"Turn 'Em Away"
|—||31||23||—||—||—||—||—||—||107||Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up|
(Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne)
|"No New Friends"
(DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)
||Suffering from Success|
(Bizzle featuring Sevin)
|—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Good Fight|
|"I'm a Christian"
|"0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
|"The Blacker the Berry"
|2015||66||32||16||—||—||—||—||—||—||83||To Pimp a Butterfly|
(Rihanna featuring Drake)
|"Regret in Your Tears"
(Lana Del Rey featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti)
|—||—||—||—||80||—||—||—||—||81||Lust for Life|
(G-Eazy featuring ASAP Rocky and Cardi B)
|4||5||—||96||37||—||—||—||100||92||The Beautiful & Damned|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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|
|2011||"Not Afraid" (Eminem)||Nominated|
|Recovery (Eminem)||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||"0 to 100 / The Catch Up" (Drake)||Best Rap Song||Nominated|
|To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar)||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Work (Rihanna)||Record of the Year||Nominated|
- 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 Archived June 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. HipHopCanada. Accessed on July 28, 2008.
- Boi-1da Exclaim!. Accessed on November 18, 2010.
- "Producer Boi-1da Distills Dancehall Vibes for the Hip-Hop Masses". Medium. 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
- 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.
- "Rap Albums That Got Shelved Into OblivionDr. Dre and Ice Cube, Helter Skelter". Complex.
- FEATURE: Boi-1da, A Star Is Born Archived February 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. XXL. Accessed on October 2, 2009.
- "Do You Know the Riddim Rihanna Samples in "Work?"". Genius. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
- "Meet the Producers Who Brought Dancehall Back to the Charts In 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
- "Boi-1da Calls Out Tory Lanez' "Luv" For Being A "Terrible" Dancehall Imitation". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
- "Bizzle f. Jin "Forgive Me [Prod. Boi-1da]"". Hip Hop DX. Cheri Media Group. March 17, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Bizzle - Turn'em Away (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. September 12, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Bizzle - My Confession ft. Sevin (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. April 30, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "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.
- "Drake Honors Boi-1da and Noah 40 Shebib at ASCAP Awards [Video]". Rap-Up.
- "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
- "Eminem, Drake Producer Boi-1da Humbled by Grammy Nominations". The Boombox.
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- HipHopCanada.com Interview