Boi-1da 'Instantly' Knew Drake's "God's Plan" Was Going to Be a Smash

The Canadian producer says he realized it would be a hit before it was finished.

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Boi-1da knows a thing or two about hit records. The Canadian producer has several massive singles on his resume, including Rihanna's "Work" and Eminem's "Not Afraid." The most recent addition to his collection is Drake's latest No. 1 single, "God's Plan."

In a new interview with Billboard, Boi-1da says he knew the song would be a smash as soon as he heard an unfinished version. Asked when he realized the song's potential, he answered, "Instantly. With Drake, he never misses. Soon as I heard it, I knew it was going to be great."

"It was a half-finished record that Drake had," he explained. "He came to me and needed me to put a bounce to it to rock a certain way. So I ended up adding some drums to the record. It came out well. I vibed with it and did what needed to be done. It came out as an amazing record."

Boi-1da also revealed that Drake's other Scary Hours song "Diplomatic Immunity" was made in the same session. He noted, ""Diplomatic Immunity" actually happened the same night. I was really inspired and ended up playing it for him. And when Drake hears something he likes, he gets on it and it's actually what he did."

The producer recently had three songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with "God's Plan," "Diplomatic Immunity," and G-Eazy's "No Limit." In an Instagram post, he told fans, "Blessed to have 3 songs I produced on, on the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, This is really and truly Gods work."

Despite the success, he talked to Billboard about the importance of staying humble. "I stay grounded by realizing that God put me in this position I'm in and blessed me with this talent," he said. "I have a 7-year-old daughter. Both my sister and mother work for me. My sister is my assistant and my mother works with my accountant, but wears many hats. If it wasn't for them, I would be a very disorganized person and all over the place. They basically manage my personal life and help me out with a lot. They're great."

Looking to keep the successful streak rolling, Boi-1da added, "I plan on putting out a project, a compilation of songs I produced. I have no set date, but it's coming soon. I'm going to be working with various artists and putting out songs. I got some big stuff in the pipeline."

Head over to Billboard to read the full interview. 

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