Noah “40″ Shebib, the super-producer credited with creating Drake’s sound, recently sat down with Vibe to discuss a wide variety of topics. During the interview, the award-winning songwriter discussed the status of Aaliyah’s posthumous project. “I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her.” says Noah. “But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, ‘Can I do it with you?’ and I was like, ‘Of course, we’ll do it together.’ He continues stating that with the negative reaction to the news of the project, making it became a “very sad experience” for him and he “was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship.” When “Enough Said” came out, he was already seven songs into the album but ended making it when Aaliyah’s mother didn’t want it out.
Noah also explains his creative process and working relationship with Drizzy. “I challenge Drake when it comes to decision making,” says Noah. “He didn’t want to put ‘Marvin’s Room’ on Take Care and I was like, ‘Bro, fuck 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.”