Canadian producer Noah “40” Shebib recently discussed his close-knit relationship with Young Money’s Drake and admitted the unexpected “Wu-Tang Forever” tribute did not sit well with him.
Despite being well-received amongst Drizzy fans, 40 said the Wu ode never won him over.
“I didn’t like “Wu-Tang Forever.” It sounded too different but I guess that resonated. People loved that sh*t. Maybe I don’t get it. … Sometimes [me and Drake disagree]. I challenge Drake when it comes to decision making. He didn’t want to put “Marvin’s Room” on Take Care and I was like, “Bro, f*ck you, you’ve gotta put this on there. It’s a moment.” But there’s a flip side–I made that beat in a few hours. He comes in, like, “I’m using this.” I’m like, “No, no, it’s not done yet. I just started.” He’s like, “No, it’s done. Don’t do anything else.” It stayed that way. My objective is to make him happy. If he says yes, then I’m good.” (VIBE)
Wu-Tang leader RZA recently said he fully rode behind the Toronto native’s ode-driven track and helped him avoid costly sample fees.
“I appreciate it. He sent me [the] song because they couldn’t clear the sample. So I did it myself, personally, for free. Free of charge. Because to me, that’s what we meant when we said Wu-Tang is forever. We didn’t think we were going to live forever. We meant that the energy of what we do would spread on in culture, generation by generation. And by Drake absorbing it and having that influence in his life and having it be a part of him, it proves what I’m saying. And I’m really proud that he chose that rap.” (Rolling Stone)
Last fall, Wu’s Raekwon admitted his verse for the track’s revamped version had not yet been recorded.
“I ain’t get a chance to bust my joint off yet, but I talked to Drake and we’re gonna get to it. It just was like, we were on the road, things were happening so quick,” Rae explained to MTV News on Saturday on the set of Troy Ave’s “New York City” music video. “Some brothers were able to go in there and smash out, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get there yet, but it’s gonna happen though.” (MTV)
A few weeks prior, Drake said he knew there could be mixed reactions toward the Wu record when putting it together.
“I did take a risk titling that song what it was. But for me, I’m always into paying homage,” Drake explained in an interview. “That’s kind of what ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ is. I’ve always tried to pick a classic hip-hop song and make it my own. I thought [the reactions] would have been worse than that, really, to be honest. … I’ve got a great piece with me and Wu-Tang Clan all rapping together again, which is dope. That’s coming soon, definitely. It’s on the way.” (CRWN)
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