Noah “40” Shebib, the architect behind all of Drake’s albums and the OVO sound in general, recently spoke to VIBE about his work on Nothing Was The Same, his involvement with that controversial Aaliyah album, his musical influences and more.
After likening “Tuscan Leather” to one of The Heatmakerz beats from the golden era of Dipset, he mentions that he has Cam’s Ghetto Heaven in heavy rotation and comments on how Killa’s sound has influenced his career:
What are you listening to now?
Cam’ron’s mixtape [Ghetto Heaven, Vol. 1]. [Laughs] I’ve been listening to Kool G Rap and The Smiths and, like, punk. That’s where I’m at. Yo, Cam’s the best. Cam’s music is so R&B. That’s my influence. Fuck everybody. I love those R&B/rap crosses. Especially if they’re done gangster enough—it’s this juxtaposition that I’ve always loved. We don’t achieve that with Drake because he’s not gangster. But instead of being on a street rapper with an R&B sound, we push on good music.
Later, he mentions that he’d like to work with N.O.R.E., Ghostface and Raekwon at some point:
Which artists are on your personal wish list?
N.O.R.E. I want to fuck with Ghostface, Raekwon. I want to bring my sound and do what I know I can do with rap. Obviously working with Sade was a dream and I somehow achieved that
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