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Drake Thanks Producer And Longtime Friend Noah "40" Shebib In Heartfelt Instagram Post

"Thank you for talking me out of sending every good song I make to someone else."

It's officially Drake season.

After the release of his highly-anticipated album Views From The 6, fans can now deep-dive into what Drizzy and longtime friend, producer and brother in musical arms, Noah "40" Shebib have been working on while locked up in a studio.

Before the actual album release and interview with Zane Lowe, Mr. Graham took to Instagram Thursday (April 28) to thanks 40 for all his work, passion and his ability to always remind Drake of what the bigger picture is.

Before we do this I just wanna say thanks man. Thank you for the years you spent working with some of Toronto's true legends honing your craft. Thanks you for dropping everything to work with me after we met and realized we had something special. Thank you for pushing yourself despite the fact you should be resting to achieve an end goal that we are both obsessed with. Thank you for listening to me vent and talking me off ledges. Thank you for talking me out of sending every good song I make to someone else 😂. Thank you for reminding me that we set out to do something more than just have the biggest song in the club or the biggest song of the month. Thank you for building SOTA. Thank you for caring about the people in this city as much as I do. Thank you for a lifetime of hard work and surreal moments. This story would have gone a lot different without you. Thank you 40 (aka DB40 aka Cuarenta aka Bibber aka My brother). Text me when you are ready to start the next one 😂😂😂 @ovo40

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"Thank you for pushing yourself despite the fact you should be resting to achieve an end goal that we are both obsessed with. Thank you for listening to me vent and talking me off ledges," Drake writes. "Thank you for talking me out of sending every good song I make to someone else 😂. Thank you for reminding me that we set out to do something more than just have the biggest song in the club or the biggest song of the month."

While the fans are still digesting that new OVO sound, it's good to see Drizzy show love to his right hand man.

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