News: "Forever" Producer Says Drake Outshined Eminem, Kanye West & Lil Wayne, "I'm Gonna Have To Be Biased"

Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The producer behind Drake's "Forever" collaboration which features Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem has come forward to speak on the song's initial concept and why he felt the Canada-based emcee outshined his Southern counterparts.

Producer Boi-1da said the original verson of the track leaked online earlier than expected and had the potential to be Drizzy's debut single.

"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," he explained. "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...Honestly I’m gonna have to be biased and say Drake [had the best verse.] Really it’s between Drake and Eminem. I’ve never seen anybody hold up on a song with Eminem, like usually Eminem blows out. Drake’s 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 heard a toss up between Eminem, it’s always just Eminem cause he’s a monster." (XXLMag)

Drizzy led the song and reflected on his rise as an independent artist to critical acclaim.

"Last name Ever, first name Greatest," Drake raps. "Like a sprained ankle, boy, I ain't nothin' to play with/Started off local, but thanks to all the haters/I know G4 pilots on a first-name basis/In your city faded off the brown, Nino/She insists she got more class, we know/Swimming in the money, come and find me, Nemo/If I was at the club you know I balled, chemo/Dropped a mixtape, that sh*t sounded like an album/Who'd thought a country-wide tour be the outcome Labels want my name beside an X like Malcolm/Every got a deal, I did it without one Yeah, n*gga, I'm about my business/Killin' all these rappers, you would swear I had a hitlist Everyone who doubted me is askin' for forgiveness/If you ain't been a part of it, at least you got to witness/B*tches." ("Forever")

Em finished the track after verses by Yeezy and Weezy.

"There they go, packin' stadiums as Shady spits his flow/Nuts they go, macademia, and they go so ballistic, whoa/He can make them look like bozos, he's wonderin' if he should spit this slow/F*ck no, don't provoke, his cup just runneth over, oh, no/He ain't had it with bars like this since the last time that he overdosed/They been waitin' patiently for Pinocchio to poke his nose/Back into the game and they know rap'll never be the same as before/Bashin' in the brains of these hos, and establishin' a name as he goes/The passion and the flame is ignited, you can't put it out once we light it/This sh*t is exactly what the f*ck that I'm talkin' about when we riot/You dealin' with a few true villains who stand inside of the booth true spillin' And spit true feelings until them two feelings come flyin' up out of our months, then rewind it/Payback, motherf*cker, for the way you got at me, how's it taste?/I'ma slap the taste out of your mouths with the bass so loud that it shakes the place/I'm Hannibal Lecter, soldiers, in case you're thinkin' of saving face/You ain't gonna have no face to save by the time I'm through with this, play some Drake." ("Forever")

Young Money President Mack Maine previousy confirmed the song's existence and expressed his reaction to the track's overall sound.

While Friday has been the speculated date for its release, the record will indeed surface sometime this week. One thing that is set in stone, however, is the quality."The record was mastered this past weekend and honestly it sounds better than ever," said Young Money President Mack Maine.. (Karen Civil)

Check out an early version of"Forever" below:

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