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“Forever” Producer Speaks On Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne & Eminem Collabo

Fri, Aug 28, 2009 by Danny M

Forever Producer Speaks on Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne & Eminem Collabo

With “Forever,” the monster collaboration by Toronto-upstart Drake and rap superstars Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem, leaking onto the net yesterday (August 26) and subsequently causing a frenzy with hip-hop fans, XXLMag.com caught up with producer Boi-1da to get more insight into how the song came together.

According to the T-Dot beatmaker, the track was initially meant to introduce Drake last year. “We made that song maybe last summer,” he explained to XXL. “It was originally supposed to be a song that Drake was supposed to come out to, maybe we were trying to make it like a first single. Somehow it got leaked out onto the Internet, a version with him, Wayne and some dude named [Nut da] Kid and everybody was upset about it or whatever, but we knew that it was just a huge record and we had to do it justice.”

The song’s rebirth started about three months ago when Kanye decided to record a verse. “Originally it was supposed to be Drake and Kanye,” he continued, “but the forces that be pulled some strings and we got Eminem and Wayne on it too.“

Boi-1da says that Drake wrote the hook and his verse first. Then Kanye penned his bars as a response to Drake. Wayne then recorded his verse after hearing Drizzy and Ye’s, and Em heard everyone’s rhymes before writing his own.

When asked who he feels spit the best verse, Boi-1da was quick to state his opinion. “Honestly I’m gonna have to be biased and say Drake,” he said, “really it’s between Drake and Eminem. I’ve never seen anybody hold up on a song with Eminem, like usually Eminem blows out. Drakes my dude, and he’s my favorite rapper, but knowing Eminem I thought he was gonna blow by everybody, but Drake came strong. It’s like a toss up. And like that’s never been done before, I never head a toss up between Eminem, it’s always just Eminem cause he’s a monster.”

Mack Maine, president of Young Money Records, told MTV news that they are currently trying out R&B singers to redo the chorus. “That’s news to me,” he said. “I like the hook as it is.”

“Forever” hits iTunes tomorrow. It will be included in the soundrack to the LeBron James documentary More Than a Game.

I have heard that Chris Brown, Lloyd, The Dream, Trey Songz and Jeremiah have all layed down a hook for this song, and which ever hook sounds the best will get used on the final version, but these are just rumors!

Also, what a day yesterday ey guys ;) So many people where on this website after we first leaked the “Forever” song that it crashed.

PS: Check out our “Name Lil Twist’s Upcoming Mixtape Contest”!

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  • CJ

    trey songz on the hook, no doubt. With a song like this, Drake is definitely pullin to get his mans on this song. Can’t wait tho I’m definitely gonna throw down my 99cent for it lol.

  • DeadCivilian

    -”So many people where on this website after we first leaked the “Forever” song that it crashed.”

    No fuckin wonder I couldn’t get my computer to load this page..I was already thinking the worst again, if you know what I mean…Still got the track a little after 5 yesterday & it’s sick. Major props to lilwaynehq.com for this one.

  • mweeez

    ya same her man i thought it got haked again or something like dat, i was like ahhhhh not again lol wtv ya man it has like 110 comments dats pretty sik man lilwaynehqqqqq~~~~!!

  • http://lilwaynehq.com The White Fresh Prince

    i thought Eminem Sucked like always nd thee other 3 were nasty like always nd i like how Eminem was lastso i culd skip his part

  • darkman

    @Prince

    Em killed it :)

  • Young Money 8

    wasnt the song supposed to be released on itunes today ? its not there :S and “we be steady mobbin” is on itunes from a mixtape :S wtfffffffff

  • Ooohhh

    Haha this website was pelted with visitors I bet, but I’m stillgoing with Dake and Em came off harder than Weezy & Ye

  • young nas

    haha so no wonder eminem had the best verse…. cus he had a fucking advantage lol

  • Catherine

    I just want the video shoot to come :D So we can get some pics of them all together :D

  • pie148

    well lil waynes wish has finally been granted by doing a song with SHHADDDYYY

  • grand buzz

    who the fuck is this producer, i aint never heard of him

  • BC2G

    Boi 1da (Boy Wonder) is Drakes producer hes a cool guy

    Hes on my PS3 friends list I play Call of Duty with him

  • Iselle

    I’m still amazed at Em’s verse, he totally killed it. Sorry guys but Em has this one.

    • Caitlin Parker

      Of course he did

  • james roby

    no offence but he doesnt know what hes talking about

  • rob

    em ripped it

    • Caitlin Parker

      Totally.Eminem will always be the best.Drake is alright but the song wouldn’t wouldn’t be a success without Eminem.Slim Shady will ALWAYS be the Rap God.Not Drake,Not Kanye,Not Lil Wayne..NO ONE!!!

  • EMINEM!!!

    EM LIKE ALWAYS WAS THE BEST NO MATTER WAT U FUCKIN HATERS HAV 2 SAY… YAW JUZ LYIN 2 YAWSELF ADMIT IT… DRAKE WAS GOOD THO AND SO WAS YE BUT EM GOT IT HANDS DWN.

    • Caitlin Parker

      Completely agree

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  • nushay

    DRAKE USES 152 WORDS DURING A TIME PERIOD OF 50 SECONDS RHYMES 18 WORDS 16 OF THEM ARE MULTI-SYLLABIC RHYMES,BIGGEST ONE RECORED IS A 3 AND THE VERSE GETS AN AVERAGE RATING OF 0.37 %..ACCOMPANIED BY SOME CLEVER PUNCHLINES,GOOD FLOW ..MAKES THIS THE 2ND BEST

    VERY DANGEROUSLY CLOSE BEHIND, IS THE KANYES VERSE(KANYES VERSE AND DRAKES VERSE CAN BE TIED ACCORDING TO UR OPINION)KANYE USES 187 WORDS DURING A TIME PERIOD OF 1 MINUTE WHICH GIVES KANYE A WEE BIT OF TIME THAN DRAKE..RHYMES 21 WORDS 19 OF THEM ARE POLLYSYLABALIC LONGEST ONE RECORDED IS A 4..AVERAGE RATING 0.41%..CLEVER PUNCLINES GIVES THIS AN EDGE BUT A BOORING FLOW THAT HE ALWAYS USES.. REDUCES SOME POINTS 3RD BEST VERSE

    WAYNE USES 163 WORDS DURING A TIME PERIOD OF 50 SECONDS SAME AS DRAKES TIME RHYMES 20 WORDS 12 OF THEM ARE MULTIS..BIGGEST ONE BEING A 2..GETS AN AVERAGE RATING OF 0.34..AVERAGE PUNCHLINES AND OK FLOW MAKES THIS 4TH BEST VERSE

    EM SPITS 263 WORDS DURING A TIME PERIOD OF 50 SECONDS SAME AS DRAKE AND WAYNE..RHYMES 33 WORDS..24 OF THEM ARE MULTIS BIGGEST ONE BEING A 9!!!!! GIVES THIS AN AVERGAE RATING OF 0.99%
    AMAZING FLOW CLEVER JABS AND PUNCHLINES MAKES THIS THE BEST VERSE!!!

  • http://www.elcocn.com/ Saurooon

    Hello,
    Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.

  • BeSerious

    Not tryin to hate.. just sayin, how many other rappers you know gonna dominate ‘who had the best verse’ in popular opinion on someone else’s site? ’nuff said.