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Drake's Producer Responds to Song Lyric Dissing His Chronic Illness

There’s a battle brewing between rappers Pusha-T and Drake. The two have gone back and forth dissing each other in songs like Pusha-T’s “Exodus 23:1” and “Infared” and Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle.” But Pusha-T’s latest song, which was released Tuesday, includes a lyric that takes aim at Drake’s producer, Noah “40” Shebib, specifically making fun of his health. Shebib has multiple sclerosis (MS).

In “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha-T raps, “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick / How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick.”

OVO40 is Shebib’s Twitter handle. He was diagnosed with MS in 2005, when he was 22, and is an ambassador for the National MS Society.

In response to the lyric, Shebib tweeted on Tuesday that May 30 is World MS Day and shared a link to the World MS Day website.

Pusha-T called in to the radio show “The Breakfast Club” this morning, and host Angela Yee asked him, “Did you know that today is World MS Day?”

“Oh man, wow. That’s ironic,” he responded. “I’m just here, man, I’m here for the sport of it. Like I said, when it gets personal it gets personal.”

“You don’t think you went too far with anything?” host Charlamagne tha God asked.

“No not at all, I definitely didn’t go too far with anything,” he said.

Fans came to Shebib’s defense on Twitter.

Shebib told the National MS Society that the hardest parts of the condition are explaining to people how MS works, justifying the effects of MS, and the “but you look so good” syndrome.

“I wish people knew how unpredictable the disease is. One day I can walk five miles and the following day only 500 feet. It is very difficult for people to grasp that concept,” he said. “I would like to be visible to young men who might have MS or be diagnosed with it tomorrow, so they know that they are not alone, that they can still succeed and have their dreams.”

Photo courtesy of Shebib’s Instagram