Drake’s Producer, Noah “40″ Shebib, Says Drake Has No Competition With Kanye West

Despite previous chatter that Drake’s camp and Kanye West’s team have beef, Drizzy’s friend and longtime-producer Noah “40″ Shebib says there is no competition between the two.

“I look up to that guy like crazy,” 40 told MTV News. “I always have and I always will. That’s someone who’s carved out a sound for rap music a couple of times, who has really influenced and changed the game as an individual. It would be crazy to say there’s competition.”

In the August/September 2010 issue of Vibe, 40 said that ‘Ye accused him of “borrowing” his sound. But the producer says people should understand the difference between stealing another artist’s style and being influenced by that artist.

“You’re supposed to be a hybrid,” he says. “When you got T.I. and Nas and Jay-Z and Wayne and Kanye and Eminem, all these different types of rappers from different places and so on and so forth, I would expect a couple of years after that a new rapper would comes out who incorporates all of those people. Because that’s the evolution of it and that’s what will always happen, so I don’t even look at it as like biting or stealing or this or that.”

40 added that, regardless of whatever the issue may be, he is a fan of Kanye and is thankful for his influence.

“I’m grateful to any and everybody that’s ever influenced me, including Mr. West,” he said. —Gina Montana

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  • Sha

    FLAMETHROWER 3.0!!!!

    Taken Directly from MTV Today!

    “It’s well-known knowledge that Common and Drake aren’t exactly the best of friends right now. But their camps haven’t been seeing eye to eye for quite some time. Pusha T appears to be taking shots at Drake on his recent “Sweet” and “Don’t F— With Me” freestyles, all over the beats of Common’s “Sweet” and Drake’s “Dreams Money Can Buy.”

    Lil Wayne and Jay-Z have been exchanging competitive subliminal shots for a while now, but those shots delivered last year on The Throne’s “H.A.M” and Wayne’s “It’s Good” were probably the most talked about. Kanye West and Drake even seem to be taking jabs at each other, first on DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One,” (I’m just feelin’ like the Throne is for the takin’/ Watch me take it) and then The Throne’s “Otis” (I adopted these n—as/ Philip Drummond them/ Now, I’m about to make them tuck they whole summer in). ”

    As I said before, the war is on. It’s bigger than Common Vs. Drake.

  • keator

    war lol……

    this isnt a war, just a bunch of rich dudes, acting like females. Honestly who fckn cares, just put out music and be done with it.

  • The Truth

    G.O.O.D. Music/Roc Nation V. YMCMB/MMG, this war is going to be epic

  • keator

    shit like this makes me miss BIG more.

    only one worth checking for is Pusha in that war.. Hov and Ye are on that pop shit now, and wayne crews is about the 12 year olds.

    epic not so much