Drake’s in-house production team has grown from a small operation to a one-stop-shop for Billboard hits. From Noah ’40’ Shebib and Nineteen85, all the way down to Boi-1da, his squad knows how to keep their Toronto sound progressing.
You never really know who will end up being sampled on an OVO album. On Drizzy’s latest project More Life, there’s one sample — in particular — that really sticks out from the bunch. While artists like R. Kelly and Lionel Richie lent their past records to the release, G-Unit’s Tony Yayo also found his way onto the very first song on the album.
“Free Smoke,” which was produced by Boi-1da, contains a sample of Tony Yayo and Danny Brown’s 2010 track “Roll Up.” Before anyone outside of Detroit knew who Danny Brown was, the G-Unit rapper saw raw talent in the undiscovered star. The song was featured on their collaborative mixtape, Hawaiian Snow.
“I got the call from the [lawyers],” Tony says with a laugh. “Then I got the call from the big guy, Paul Rosenberg. Shout out to Shady records. Then I got the call from Fif. I was surprised, you know when one of the biggest artists in the game wants to use something from your mixtape, it’s cool. It was an honor. Drake is a monster out here right now.”
Stay tuned for more from VIBE’s interview with Tony Yayo, Chris Miles and Young Dooey.