Drake to Release Short Film Please Forgive Me in September

Friday, August 26th, 2016


Having teased a new short film called Please Forgive Me on his Instagram page a few days back, Drake has revealed a released date and some extra details about the project. The short, slated for a September 30th release, will be directed by frequent Rihanna collaborator Anthony Mandler and will be scored by Noah “40” Shebib and feature music from the now 3X’s platinum certified Views album.

Continue below for some teaser images from the film.

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Video: Drake & 40 vs. Nardwuar

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Drake and his right hand man Noah “40” Shebib chop it up with fellow Canadian Nardwuar during an extensive hour long interview.

Previously: Drake to Host SNL on May 14th

Noah “40” Shebib on Producing for Drake

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

In this new interview with OVO’s Noah “40” Shebib, Native Instruments join him in his Toronto studio where he speaks on how the isolation that the city provides influences his work and gives viewers an exclusive breakdown of his studio and his process. It’s a fascinating watch in that he explains why he setup the studio the way he did and reveals some of the small touches that define his signature sound. He also goes into the symbiotic relationship he and Drake enjoy while working together.

Drake’s new album Views From The 6 is due next month.

Previously: Noah “40″ Shebib Talks Views From The 6 with the New York Times

Noah “40” Shebib Talks Views From The 6 with the New York Times

Friday, February 19th, 2016


Noah “40” Shebib, the notoriously unassuming architect of the OVO aesthetic, recently jumped on the phone with Jon Caramanica for the New York Times to speak briefly about Drake’s Views From The 6. Without revealing much, Shebib describes the album as a project that will please longtime fans while still showcasing Drake’s penchant for experimentation and his knack for making hits. According to 40, the album very nearly became a traditional Rap album until they realized that their fans expect more from them:

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Noah “40” Shebib in The Smokebox with B-Real

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Well this was probably the last guy I would have expected to see fogging up the old school with B-Real, particularly during the home stretch of a pretty important album cycle. OVO Sound architect Noah “40” Shebib is the latest contestant in B-Real’s ongoing challenge to smoke yourself silly and maintain a coherent conversation. They discuss him and Drake’s Views From The 6 process, DJ Premier’s influence on his career, his Raptor’s fandom and thoughts on Kobe’s retirement, marijuana legalization in Canada and elsewhere, his use of medicinal marijuana to treat his MS, his favorite strain and much more.

Previously: Drake – Summer Sixteen (Prod. by Boi-1da, 40 & CuBeatz)

Action Bronson – Actin Crazy (Prod. by Noah “40” Shebib)

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


Mr. Wonderful returns. Here’s Bronson’s new single, produced by OVO’s own Noah “40” Shebib. The album now has a March 24th release date.

Hit the jump for some details on Mr. Wonderful.

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Noah “40” Shebib on Dipset Influence, Wanting to Work with N.O.R.E.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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

He goes on to talk about how Sade made him revise her record with Jay a bunch of times, why he felt he had to back away from the posthumous Aaliyah project and his contributions to Nas’ “Bye Baby”.

Click here to read the full Q&A

Previously: Drake Talks “Tuscan Leather” & “Paris Morton Music II”

Drake on Whether He Will Respond to Common and His Shots at Vanessa Bryant [Exclusive]

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Back in November when Common dropped “Sweet”, the second single from his most recent full length, a couple of lines that sounded suspiciously like shots at Drake immediately caught people’s attention. Com beat around the bush for a while, as rappers are known to do, before eventually admitting that those shots were in fact aimed at the young superstar. Strongly worded statements were then exchanged between the two on the original version of Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin” and a subsequent remix before the conflict appeared to fizzle.

Common told Rolling Stone last week that he’s finished with the beef and Drake has had ample time to record a response if he felt the need to do so. I recently caught up with him while he was on the set of his video for “The Zone” with The Weeknd and asked him about another “controversial” line from “Stay Schemin”, whether we should expect a second Common response and if there was any truth to the rumor that he fired his entire staff.

So people want to know: will you respond to Common?
No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a “hip hop moment” or a “battle for the sake of musical integrity”…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.

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Video: 40 Talks About Kendrick Lamar’s “Buried Alive” Interlude

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

MTV put up a track-by-track rundown of Take Care with Drake producer and right-hand man Noah “40” Shebib. In this clip he talks about his reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Buried Alive”.

After the jump, 40 talks about why they chose to bring back Jamie XX’s remix of the Gil Scott-Heron song.

Also, there’s some pics from the Take Care sessions on the OVO blog.

Previously: Mary J Blige ft. Drake – Mr. Wrong (Video)

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Drake – Hate Sleeping Alone

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

One of the missing RAP tracks (sorta) from last week’s Take Care leak, along with The Ride. This’ll be an iTunes bonus track.

The beat is similar to “Free Spirit”, also produced by Noah “40” Shebib.

Props: YHTN

Related: This great interview Billboard conducted with Drake where he pretty much addresses everything from music leaks to not being able to pick a single. Also mentions potentially releasing a freestyle, a la 9 AM In Dallas, over a Jamie XX beat.

Previously: Drake ft. Lil Wayne – The Motto (Prod. by T-Minus)