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How Boi-1da Used Dancehall For Rihanna’s “Work” and Drake’s “Controlla” | Red Bull Music Academy

Toronto super-producer Boi-1da recalls how he sought inspiration in dancehall to produce global hits for Rihanna and Drake and bring some fun back to the clubs. #Boi1da #Drake #Rihanna

Watch the full lecture - https://youtu.be/x7-0xOKbFDg - to hear Boi-1da retrace his steps from buying FruityLoops with his mom’s credit card to looking at his Jamaican roots to reimagine dancehall for the streaming generation, and impart advice on business, sampling and collaborations.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, hip-hop producer Boi-1da helped shape and define the sound of a new Toronto thanks to an early partnership with another local up-and-comer, Drake. Playing yin to Noah “40” Shebib’s yang, Boi-1da made his mark with hit songs like “Best I Ever Had,” “Forever” and contributions to a growing roster of rap artists including Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Nas and many more. In the second half of the 2010s, the Toronto-raised native of Jamaica further expanded his reach with the global hits “Work” for Rihanna and “Controlla” for Drake, as well as collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Lana Del Rey.

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