In a rare interview with Rolling Stone, Noah "40" Shebib, the creative genius behind some of Drake’s biggest hits, shared his thoughts on Pusha T’s infamous bar on “Story of Adidon,” referencing his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Originally released in 2018, Push brought the producer and sound engineer into his feud with Drake, rapping “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80 — tick, tick, tick / How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick.”
“I guess all I’ll say is that it was just a different thing for me,” said 40, who was was reportedly diagnosed with the autoimmune disease when he was 22 years old. “Different than a bar that he gets off. No real comment. I made my comment. It was National MS Awareness day.”
He added that he felt “like s**t” when he heard the line for the first time.
“Ultimately, I like turning things into positive situations or brighter sides. And if that brings awareness to my disease on a bigger level, I was happy about that,” he continued. “That’s what I used it for. That ultimately is a good thing for me. I like that transaction we had from that perspective. I’m very vocal about it.”
When asked if the bar crossed a line, 40 responded: “Of course. That was something different than a bar in a song. That’s cool, I barely know that guy.”
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