(AllHipHop News) Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels earned six nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Three of those nods were for his production and songwriting on Drake's #1 smash "God's Plan."
The Scorpion single is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Rap Song. Boi-1da also picked up two more Best Rap Song noms for "Lucky You" by Eminem and "Win" by Jay Rock.
Songwriter Universe interviewed the accomplished producer from Toronto. He talked about the process of creating the 8-time platinum record with Drizzy.
"The making of that song was an experience. It was a song that was halfway done when I came in an added some finishing touches," recalled Samuels. "It was great working with one of my best friends, Drake. You know, he does what he does best, and he made a hit song… a song that everybody loves."
When asked about writing tunes with his fellow Canadian, Samuels said, "Sometimes Drake comes up with the idea first, and sometimes he’ll rap a few bars of what he has. Or he’ll have a hook or a concept for a song. So it doesn’t always start with the beat; sometimes he starts with a song first. We work in different ways."
Boi-1da's sixth 2018 Grammy nomination is for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. The 32-year-old, Jamaican-born hitmaker is competing against Larry Klein, Linda Perry, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams in that category.
"As a producer, I just like to create from a fan’s perspective… I try to do it off a feeling. When I’m doing tracks and putting songs together, it’s just off of a feeling," said Samuels.
He continued, "If I feel great about it, beyond anything musical or technical, it usually turns out to be something good and something lucrative. So it’s always about the feeling for me."
Besides providing beats for Drake, Eminem, and Jay Rock, Boi-1da also worked with other prominent Hip Hop figures last year. The musician was involved in constructing Cardi B's "Be Careful" and "Best Life" as well as The Carters' "Friends" and "Heard About Us."