Boi-1da comments on the process behind "5AM In Toronto", Drake's come-up, and his work on "Nothing Was The Same".
After Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da is definitely Drake's primary producer. The Toronto beatmaker is responsible for Drizzy's "Headlines", "Over", and most recently "5AM in Toronto". 1daÂ recentlyÂ explained the process behind his latestÂ Drake collaboration, as well as the inspiration for the rapper's hit "Started From The Bottom".
Boi-1da explained how the "5AM" beat came together. "Originally, I started that beat with a producer named Vinylz, and it was a dope beat that me and him started. But thereâs that one sound that goes through the main beat that I liked a lot. I said I was going to make something completely different. I had my boy Nikhil over here that plays the keys, and I started adding stuff to the beat. It just all came together. I sent it off to Drake and he was just like, âYeah. Itâs about to go down.â
The producer also talked about how Drake's lyricism is often overlooked due to his popularity.Â "Sometimes Iâm on the Internet, and I read the comments. A lot of people seem to forget how lyrical Drake is. They forget that heâs one of the best lyricists out, if not, the best lyricist in the game. It was just a reminder. Although he puts out songs like,Â âThe MottoâÂ andÂ âH.Y.F.R.ââwhich are super lyrical anywaysâand theyâre so popular, weâre in an age where youâre either popular or youâre good. Sometimes the good people donât get the popularity. Itâs like, heâs so popular and heâs so good, people just see that now, and itâs a rare case. Heâs great at rapping, and makes great music off of it."
1da commented on the criticism that Drake's "Started From TheÂ Bottom" is unrepresentative of his come-up.Â "That song means a lot, because despite whatÂ anybody thinks about DrakeÂ and them making comments about how he didnât start from the bottom, he did start from the bottom. We all did. We all started from a place that was not where we are now. A lot of peopleÂ say that, but itâs not easy for a rapper to come from âDegrassiâ and to make it mainstream as one of the biggest rappers in the world."
The producer confirmed that he would have some more material on Nothing Was The Same. "Me and him have been collaborating on this album, so youâre going to see me a few times on this album."