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Do you know your 808s from your 1738? Why is Drake running through the six? We explain hip hop's numbers.
Perhaps the most recurrent number in Drake’s lyrics is the number 40, a shoutout to his long-time producer and friend Noah “40” Shebib. In an interview, 40 explained that he got the nickname while working on his first major label project for Canadian rapper Jelly Stone: “Those guys used to fall asleep in the studio... and wake up at 10 AM and I’d still be working. And they’d be like “Your work never stops. You work for 40 Days and 40 Nights.”
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