Jamaican celebrated it’s 55th Independence Day on August 6th and
Drake ‘s main producer and business partner Noah “40” Shebib
praises the island’s dancehall culture.
40, who is of Lebanese/Canadian descent, grew up on reggae/
dancehall music and that has heavily influenced his work over the
years as seen in a lot of Drake’s biggest records like “One Dance”
and “Controlla.” In fact, the entire Views album was built on a
dancehall foundation. As part of Jamaica’s 55th celebration, the
producer thanked the island for its influential culture.
“Thank you Jamaica you have given me so much,” Noah “40” Shebib
wrote. “My brothers, my best friend of 28 years, his brother who is
also like my brother cause I don’t have a real one, my other mother,
my favourite food (next to Lebanese obviously). The coffee, the
culture, the dance, the talks and of course the sound. The vibes, the
feelings, the cadence the timing, the rawness, the meaning the
influence the guidance and the politics!!!! BASS! All this bass today,
we can thank Jamaica for that. Gadget!!! Rasss the ting gave me Gaj
u know! My mentor and teacher. The man who makes all our
SOUNDS HEAVY! Gave us Sly, Robby, Beres, Peter, Bob, like what?!
DANCEHALL?! These are real tangible influences in my life and my
music and who I am as a man in my heart. One of my favourite
places on earth, no question. There’s no where as real. Literally made
me who I am thousands of miles away in a cold city in Canada
called Toronto. If that’s not a testament to the power and influence
of that culture then I don’t know what is. Blessings on your
Independence day and guidance and protection forever.”
Drake himself is also a huge fan of dancehall music and is close
friends with Popcaan who he also signed to OVO Records.