Boi-1da and Jahaan Sweet have broken down how they co-produced Eminem‘s “Lucky You” featuring Joyner Lucas on Genius’ Deconstructed. The track, which also features production from Em and IllaDaProducer, was DJcity’s third most-downloaded song of September.
In the video, Boi-1da and Jahaan recall how the collab came together then take turns explaining their contributions to the beat.
The two have collaborated in the past on tracks such as Drake‘s “Duppy Freestyle” and THE CARTERS’ “FRIENDS.” Both have also previously appeared on Deconstructed (Boi-1da in 2018 and Jahaan last 2017).
“Lucky You” is the highest-charting single from Eminem’s tenth studio album, Kamikaze. It peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has reached the top 10 in over a dozen countries.
Watch Deconstructed above.
“Diplomatic Immunity” is the second single off Drake’s two-track Scary Hours EP. Released in January, the song debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The first single, “God’s Plan,” debuted at No. 1 in the same week, making Drake the first artist to have two singles debut in the top 10 at the same time.
An in-house OVO Sound producer, Boi-1da starts off by discussing what made him want to work with Drizzy when they first met as teenagers. He then goes on to break down “Diplomatic Immunity” in FL Studio and ends by sharing his approach to making a beat.
Watch Deconstructed above.
Due to popular demand, Mass Appeal has enlisted big-time producer Boi-1da for its latest Serato edition of Rhythm Roulette. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three records, which are randomly selected while blindfolded.
Boi-1da picks up his wax at Play De Record in Toronto before hitting the studio. The Canadian producer then gets right to work using Serato’s Sample plugin to cook up two beats from two different records.
A seven-time Grammy-nominee, Boi-1da is best known for being one of Drake’s in-house OVO Sound producers. He has also worked with the likes of Eminem, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Some of his latest projects include G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” J. Cole’s “Deja Vu,” and five tracks off Belly’s Mumble Rap mixtape.
Watch Rhythm Roulette above.
Boi-1da inside his home studio. (Photo credit: Renée Rodenkirchen for coveteur.com)
The Jamican born, Toronto raised hitmaker is best known for being one of Drake’s in-house producers. Among his biggest productions are Drizzy’s “Best I Ever Had,” Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” and Rihanna’s “Work.” Some of his latest projects include G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry,” and Drake’s “Controlla.”
Boi-1da discussed a variety of topics with hosts Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, including how he got his start, dancehall’s influence on him, his production process, working with Dr. Dre and Drake, and more.
What he learned while working with Dr. Dre.:
“He’s just meticulous with the detail. Everything has to be said a certain way and it’s not going to stop until it’s perfect. He just keeps going … It’s almost crazy but it’s Dr. Dre. This is his process so I wasn’t even going to question it.”
His inspiration for producing “Controlla”:
“That beat came about from just being inspired by dancehall music. I was having a conversation with a bunch of producers that I work with. I was telling them I really miss dancehall and what it used to do to me when I was a kid when my dad used to drive around with me and play dancehall music in his car. And new Sean Paul songs would come out and Beenie Man. I used to love them. Those are some of my favorite artists. So I really missed that feeling and the feeling of people dancing in the club, you know, because people don’t dance anymore. Songs like that and ‘Work’ kinda brought back people, women gyrating in the club.”
On how Drake influenced his approach to beat making:
“I look at it like a painting. As a producer/beat-maker, you have to create the canvas for the artist to paint a picture on. If there’s too much on the canvas, there’s not really any room for an artist to paint his picture. It has to be like a half and half thing … I learned that from working with Drake. He’s always subtracting something.”
Watch the full interview below (it begins at the 19:00 mark).
Here’s a breakdown of the topics:
– How living in Canada has influenced him (19:30)
– Winning beat battles and getting discovered at 17 (21:45)
– How Dancehall music influenced him (23:00)
– His thoughts on Trap music (25:53)
– Thoughts on EDM (26:58)
– His go-to collaborators (27:23)
– His production process (28:25)
– Producing “Pound Cake” for Drake (29:50)
– Working with Dr. Dre (30:53)
– Working on “Blacker the Berry” (32:30)
– The people that mix his records (34:00)
– The making of “Controlla” (35:41)
– His preferred 808 (37:17)
– His go-to plugins (38:05)
– Working in Fruity Loops (39:30)
– How often he makes beats (40:03)
– When he knows he’s done (42:20)
– Quantizing beats (44:00)
– Focusing on detail (45:37)
– His preferred picks for a super song (46:15)
– Working on the Lana del Rey album (47:07)
– One word answer game (48:25)
– Advice for young producers (50:00)
– Overcoming self-doubt (53:35)
UPDATE: DJcity now has the 192 kbps version. We’ll post the high-quality file when it becomes available.
Less than a day after winning two Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar dropped “The Blacker The Berry” — a new single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album. The track features gritty production from Boi-1da, The KOZ and Terrace Martin.
Based on what we’ve heard so far (“i,” an untitled song performed on The Colbert Report and this track), it’s safe to say K-Dot’s next album will sound quite a bit different from good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
Related: Kendrick Lamar Performs Unreleased Track on Colbert Report
Big Sean released “Blessings” late Thursday night — the first single from his forthcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise. The track features Drake and was produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz — the same duo behind Drizzy’s “0 To 100 (The Catch Up)” and Lil Wayne’s “Believe Me.”
Download: Big Sean ft. Drake – Blessings
A remix of “Blessings” featuring an uncredited Kanye West was released soon after and is now available on DJcity. You can also stream it below:
Dark Sky Paradise is due February 24 and will features guest appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Jhené Aiko, Travi$ Scott, PartyNextDoor, and E-40.
Related: Big Sean Interview with The Breakfast Club
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