Early work with Cassidy & linking with Boi 1da
A large selection of Vinylz biggest placements have been collaborations with Toronto beatmaker Boi 1da, and while his career definitely took off after making the connection, it wasn't exactly the first he made, linking up with a couple of big names through his involvement in local creative spaces.
"I met Swizz Beatz’ dad -- He was at a local studio around where I used to live in Western Heights," he said. "I was just playing beats and he was like ‘yo, you’re pretty dope!’. He just took me under the wing and started taking me to studios and all that, and that’s how I got introduced to Cassidy."
After working with Cassidy on a few singles, including his 2008 track, "Amnesia," Vinylz' mixtape work with the rapper is what eventually got him in with 1da.
"Cassidy wanted to freestyle to the “Best I Ever Had” instrumental," said Vinylz. "We couldn’t find it online, so I looked up who produced it, and I just randomly found Boi-1da’s MySpace page and hit him up, and he actually responded. Then he was like ‘yeah, I’ll send it right over. I had music on his page and we like your beats are dope are dope by the way, so I sent him some stuff and we’ve been rocking ever since."