Forever – Boi-1da’s B-day [Video]
Toronto, ON – The talent inside Embassy Night Club was truly a sight. On October 16th, many of Toronto’s brightest creative minds slapped hands and tipped their bartenders in celebration of Boi-1da’s birthday. The atmosphere reeked of camaraderie as 1da’s long list of hits, a few of which have dominated this past year, rang through the speakers over and over again. “Last name Ever, first name Greatest” sent a pulse through the room as Forever, arguably 1da’s biggest placement, put its mark on the party of the same name.
And with such an accomplished year, 1da’s birthday not only meant a celebration of his success, but also almost a reunion of his class of Toronto’s urban music industry. Richie Sosa made an entrance with the biggest walk for a small man since Yosemite Sam. Northern Profit, Soundsmith, J Staffz and Beat Juggernaut added to the potent producer power in the building. DJ Swiss, Sunny Diamond, Fire Kid Steenie, Future Da Prince, T Rexx, paid tribute with their influence and crowd command. For a relatively young urban music scene, the class of artists that are shaping the sounds coming out of this city is really scary. And sometimes it takes events like this for even someone like me to take count of just how many headliners and game changers are working Toronto on any given night.
“Forever” seemed a fitting title in its lack of finality. Because last night marked a moment in time that optimistically suggests this won’t be the last year the people we party with prove their music is some of the best to party to.
“City Is Mine” – Drake
“Replacement Girl” – Drake ft. Trey Songz (co-produced with T-Minus)
“Pull Up” – Rochester
“Don’t You Have a Man” – Drake ft. Little Brother and Dwele (co-produced)
“Do What You Do” – Drake ft. Malice and Nickelus F
“Fallin’ in Love with You” – Andreena Mill (co-produced)
“Picture Perfect” – Andreena Mill (co-produced)
“I Want This Forever” – Lil Wayne ft. Drake and Kid-Kid
“Ransom” – Drake ft. Lil Wayne
“Pull Up” (Remix) – Rochester ft. Kardinal Offishall, Trinity Chris, Lindo P, Shawn Desman, Untitled, Shanti, and Fito Blanko
“Red Light Green Light” – G-Unit
“Ready to Go” – Richie Sosa
“Big Man Tings” – Famous ft. Trinity Chris
“I’m Still Fly” – Page ft. Drake
“Set It Off” – Kardinal Offishall ft. Clipse
“Bring the Fire Out” – Kardinal Offishall
“Lighter!” – Kardinal Offishall
“Gimme Some” – Kardinal Offishall ft. The-Dream
“Sensitive Thugs” – Point Blank
“Free” – Manafest
“You and Tomorrow” – Andreena Mill ft. Saukrates (co-produced)
“Swag On ‘Em” – Young Buck
“Best I Ever Had” – Drake
“Uptown” – Drake ft. Bun B and Lil Wayne (co-produced)
“Ain’t No Use Pt. II” – Famous ft. Oh!
“Kidnapping Your Love” – Emilio ft. Bobby Valentino
“Class In Session” – Jahvon
“Juice” – Drake
“Lookin’ 4 Ya” – Andre 3000
“Forever” – Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem
“I Get Paper” – Kevin Cossom ft. Drake
“More Milli” – Birdman feat. Drake
For more information on Boi-1da check out http://www.myspace.com/nofreebeats.
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown for HipHopCanada
Video by Stolen From Africa for HipHopCanada
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