Boi-1da — the Grammy-winning producer behind hits for Drake, Eminem, J. Cole and many more — celebrated his 35th birthday this week, but he was the one giving out flowers in the production community.
On Monday (October 11), the Toronto-bred beatsmith gave props to fellow Hip Hop hitmaker DJ Dahi, who he crowned your favorite producer’s favorite producer.
“@DjDahi is criminally underrated,” Boi-1da tweeted. “Your fav producers favourite producer.”
@DjDahi is criminally underrated. Your fav producers favourite producer.
— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) October 11, 2021
Boi-1da wasn’t alone in his admiration for Dahi. Fellow producers Vinylz (Drake “Know Yourself”) and Kenny Beats (Vince Staples “Law of Averages”) co-signed his statement, along with Terrence “Punch” Henderson, President of Top Dawg Entertainment, who wrote, “I second this.”
DJ Dahi accepted his crown gracefully. “Appreciate you brotha,” he replied to Boi-1da’s tweet. “Real recognize real.”
Appreciate you brotha. Real recognize real..??????
— Dj Dahi (@DjDahi) October 12, 2021
Hailing from Los Angeles, DJ Dahi has emerged as one of the most innovative and in-demand producers in the game over the last decade.
The 38-year-old DJ/beat conductor is best known for his work with Kendrick Lamar (“Money Trees,” “LOYALTY.”), Drake (“Worst Behavior,” “U With Me?”), J. Cole (“No Role Modelz,” “Let Go My Hand”), Travis Scott (“90210,” “Mamacita”) and 21 Savage (“A Lot,” “Monster”), as well as Pusha T, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Big Sean and ScHoolboy Q.
For all his glittering production credits, Dahi somehow manages to maintain a low profile. However, the SoCal native stepped closer into the spotlight this year with the release of his first lead single, “Gravity,” featuring Tyler, The Creator and Brent Faiyaz.
What separates DJ Dahi from his rap producer peers is the way he deconstructs vocal samples and manipulates his own voice in his beats — as demonstrated in an episode of NPR Music’s The Formula from last year.
In other news, Boi-1da recently announced he’s working on his very first album. After spending the last 15 years crafting hits for some of the biggest names in Hip Hop while shaping Toronto’s sonic identity, OVO Sound’s producer-in-chief is finally ready to headline his own solo project.
The as-yet-untitled album will put Boi-1da in an elite class of producers with their own full-length records including J Dilla, Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Marley Marl and Metro Boomin, who’s currently working on a sequel to 2018’s Not All Heroes Wear Capes.