Young Money rapper Drake’s longtime friend and producer Noah “40” Shebib has let loose on some details related to the rap star’s upcoming Take Care follow-up.
While careful with his words, 40 hinted at the project possibly being halfway completed.
“I don’t know, I don’t know. Every day it changes. That’s tough. That’s a hard thing to say. It depends. Because you know we work, and we have ideas and we have songs but as we create more songs, the shape of the album will change and the progression of it will change. As much as we might be sure that we’re on a path and we’re… We’re sort of working sequentially right now. We feel like we have 1, 2, 3, you know we’re going 4, 5, 6. That’s how we’re moving forward, in order of the actual playlist of the album. But as we make more music that fits in other places, it will change and adjust as far as how many songs, or how far we’re going to go so it’s yet to be discovered. We’re still too early to make a call about whether or not we’re half done or a quarter done or 75 percent done. I mean, it could be any of the above.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
The hitmaker also said he contributes, in some fashion, to every single Drake track fans hear.
“I would say 100 percent [I put my mark on all his songs]. It’s rare that I don’t edit his vocals, I track everything. I mix a lot of his stuff. If I didn’t produce it, I mixed it. And if I didn’t produce or mix it, I definitely edited it and arranged part of it for Drake. Everything goes through my hands. Me and Drake came into the business together, really. In the beginning, it was an engineer and a rapper. Not even a producer, really, I was an engineer more so than a producer pre-So Far Gone. People would say to Drake, ‘Where’s your manager? That’s your engineer that’s with you?’ We have such a good relationship, which is rare. We trust each other. He’ll go record something and he’ll say, ‘OK send it to 40,’ because we have that trust he ends up putting everything through my hands. I’ll make sure I edit it, I take care of it, I send it back to him, we sit down and we’re good.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Last November, the Canadian-bred emcee revealed he had already started working on his third solo effort.
“Its been exactly one year since Take Care dropped. Sitting in our new studio working on the next album. Just want to say thank you.,” Drake tweeted November 15th. (Drake’s Twitter)
Over the weekend, Drizzy released his new “Started From the Bottom” anthem.
“My good friends, It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen.” (October’s Very Own)
Check out “Started From the Bottom”: