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Also known as
Birth date October 16, 1986
Birth name Matthew Samuels
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Current City Toronto
Styles Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, actor
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Drake

Matthew Samuels (born October 16, 1986), better known as Boi-1da (pronounced /ˌbɔɪˈwʌndə/; "boy wonda"), is a Canadian hip-hop producer from Toronto, Ontario. He has produced for artists and groups such as Kardinal Offishall, Clipse, Drake, Eminem, Saukrates, k-os, G-Unit, and The Diplomats among others. He is currently one of the most sought-after producers in the hip-hop industry

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Jamaica, Samuels moved to Canada when he was five, and grew up in the Silver Springs area of Scarborough, Toronto. He was also raised in Ajax, Ontario, where he currently resides. At the age of eight, his mother bought him a Casio keyboard. By the age of 15, without any formal musical training, he started using the FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops) beat-making program. A few years later, he won three consecutive Battle of the Beatmakers championships.

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 Dr. Dre's highly-anticipated album, Detox, to be released in 2011. 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.

Boi-1da was also the sole producer of the 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.

Boi-1da was recently[when?] confirmed to be working on Drake's sophomore album, Take Care, set to release in mid-2011.


Main article: Boi-1da discography



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