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Background information
Birth name Matthew Jehu Samuels
Born (1986-10-12) October 12, 1986 (age 29)
Kingston, Jamaica
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active 2006–present
Labels Boi-1da Productions, OVO Sound, Warner
Associated acts Bizzle, Lecrae, Drake

Matthew Jehu Samuels (born 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, Joe Budden, G-Unit, Nicki Minaj, 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 18, 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 12 to make beats, previously, he used Fruity Loops 3.56, 7 XL and 9.[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.

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

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


Singles produced[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


"Set It Off"
(Kardinal Offishall featuring Clipse)
2008 Not 4 Sale
"Best I Ever Had"
2009 2 1 1 24 79
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
So Far Gone
(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
2010 14 2 1 17 50
  • RIAA: Gold
Thank Me Later
"Not Afraid"
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)[9]
2011 Tough Love & Parabels
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
49 50 Welcome to: Our House
"Turn 'Em Away"
Non-album single
(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
"No New Friends"
(DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
37 9 8 Suffering from Success
"My Confession"
(Bizzle featuring Sevin)[11]
The Good Fight
"I'm a Christian"
"0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
2014 35 8 7 61 68
  • RIAA: Platinum
Non-album single
"—" 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".[13]

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.[14]

Year Recipient/Nominated 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) Pending
To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar) Album of the Year Pending


  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.
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  9. ^ "Bizzle f. Jin "Forgive Me [Prod. Boi-1da]"". Hip Hop DX. Cheri Media Group. March 17, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bizzle - Turn'em Away (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. September 12, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bizzle - My Confession ft. Sevin (Prod. by Boi-1da)". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. April 30, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "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. 
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  14. ^ "Nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

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