Noah "40" Shebib To Work Exclusively With Drake, Jay-Z And Lil Wayne
Drake's childhood friend-turned-hitmaker and engineer says that the Young Money star encouraged him to keep a small circle of collaborators.
Along with Boi-1da, Noah "40" Shebib has been a producer closely associated with harnessing Drake's unique sound. The fellow Toronto native and child actor-turned musician has been responsible for many of Drake's hits, including last year's "Successful" , as well as Thank Me Later hits such as "Miss Me" and the Jay-Z-assisted "Light Up" . According to a new interview with VIBE, 40's sound will be exclusive to three of Rap's biggest stars.
"At this point in time the only rappers I have any interest in working with outside of Drake are [Lil] Wayne and [Jay-Z]," 40 told the publication, saying that it was "from Drake's mouth." Besides working with Jay on "Light Up," the producer also contributed to Lil Wayne's No Ceilings mixtape last year. 40 continued, "If [Drake] doesn't' want me to give it away I won't...My ambitions are to stay focused with Drake. When it comes time to develop another artist I'll make that move...I feel blessed. I'm a kid from Toronto. I've been driving my mom's station wagon for the last eight years for real."
The executive producer and engineer for the gold-certified So Far Gone has also been credited with production for Bun B and Alicia Keys, however Drake was featured on both instances.
The upcoming VIBE interview also finds 40 revealing that Kanye West scolded the young producer for "borrowing" his sound, a claim that 40 reportedly accepts.