Meet All 41 Key Contributors on Drake's 'More Life'

Get acquainted with the small army Drake employed to help out with his latest project.
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Get acquainted with the small army Drake employed to help out with his latest project.

You don't become as big as Drake without a little help. 

While the 6 God has received plenty of alley-oops over his career, it's his willingness to work with (and be influenced by) anyone and everyone that has arguably propelled him to the indomitable force he is today. 

Nowhere is this more apparent than on Drizzy's newly released "playlist" project More Life, which finds the OVO general expanding his circle of producers and contributors even wider than before.

From the biggest names in the industry to complete unknowns, we're breaking down all 41 key contributors to More Life to shine a light on the depths of Drake's collaborative nature. 

Allen Ritter (Producer/Composer) @AllenRitter

Credits: “Free Smoke” / “Do Not Disturb”

Over the past several years, Yonkers, NY native Allen Ritter has been involved in or directly responsible for a staggering number of fantastic records. Most recently, Ritter has had his hand in hits for Travis Scott and Young Thug (“Pick Up The Phone”), Kanye West (“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”), Big Sean (“Blessings) and Rihanna (“Work). Prior to More Life, Ritter racked up production credits on Drake's Nothing Was The Same ("The Language"), What a Time To Be Alive ("Diamonds Dancing") and Views ("Controlla").

Having learned to play keys by watching his father who played for their church, Ritter is well known for adding that one melody or chord progression that just completes a track, a skill that has earned him credits on several of the biggest projects of the last 5 years.

Baka Not Nice (Additional Vocals) @BakaAKANotNice

Credits: “Free Smoke” / “Gyalchester”

As part of OVO’s security crew, Baka is—to this point—more well-known for his not-niceties than his musical contributions. In 2014, Baka spent nearly a year in prison on charges of human trafficking and assault and was arrested again in 2015 for assault against his girlfriend. Fantastic.

When he’s not doing deplorable shit, however, Baka has been increasingly present in Drake’s music, lending background vocals on two tracks from More Life in addition to “Hype” from last year’s Views and snagging a shoutout on the If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late standout “Know Yourself.”

Baka has also built up a solo rap presence over the last year on his SoundCloud. If grimy Drake still isn’t grimy enough for you, I suggest checking out Baka.

Black Coffee (Listed Feature - Sampled) @RealBlackCoffee

Credit: “Get It Together” ft. Jorja Smith

Black Coffee is the pseudonym of South African record producer and DJ Nkosinathi Maphumulo, whose 2009 track “Superman” provides the backbone to “Get It Together.”

Black Coffee has been deejaying for over 20 years and has released five solo albums. In 2015 he was awarded “Breakout DJ of The Year” in Ibiza, and last year he won a BET Award for Best International Act. His style is centered around house music, and he is arguably the most prominent electronic DJ in Africa.

Boi-1da (Producer) @Boi1da

Credits: “Free Smoke” / “Do Not Disturb”

Having produced for everyone from Eminem to Childish Gambino, Boi-1da is currently one of hip-hop’s most well-known producers. The Ontario-born producer got his start producing for Drake’s first mixtape Room For Improvement in 2006 and has produced tracks on every one of Drake’s projects since.

With influences ranging from Dr. Dre to The Neptunes, Boi-1da’s production is usually an eclectic marriage of live instrumentation and sampling, and he's become notorious for his use of dancehall sounds and air horns in his tracks.

CuBeatz (Producer) @cubeatz

Credits: “No Long Talk” ft. Giggs / “Portland” ft. Travis Scott & Quavo

CuBeatz is a German production duo comprised of twin brothers Kevin and Tim Gomringer. Having produced for several popular German artists since 2011, Cubeatz didn’t cross over into the U.S. until 2015 when they co-produced Meek Mill’s pre-beef, Drake-assisted “R.I.C.O.”

Since then the pair's production resume has blown up stateside, with credits on projects from Future, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, ScHoolboy Q, Jeremih and Travis Scott, among others.

Deejae (Producer) 

Credit: “Sacrifices” ft. 2 Chainz & Young Thug

Extensive research produced little information on Deejae. All I can tell you for certain is that he’s a Canadian producer who works with T-Minus.

Edgar Nabeyin Panford (Producer) @Nabeyin

Credit: “Nothings Into Somethings”

Edgar, who produces under his middle name Nabeyin, is a producer from San Bernardino, CA, who contributed the chords for “Nothings Into Somethings” along with Wallis Lane.

Most recently, Nabeyin produced “Morning Side” on former MMG artist Issa Muhammad’s debut mixtape. Previously, he produced extensively for West Coast artist Chuuwee and has also worked with Curtiss King and Cambatta among others. Nabeyin is also one-half of production duo Drive Thru Deli alongside Tifase.

FrancisGotHeat (Producer) @FrancisGotHeat

Credit: “4422” ft. Sampha

Toronto producer FrancisGotHeat hasn’t been on the music scene for very long, yet his resume is already quite impressive.

Francis has handled several tracks for OVO artist Roy Woods, and contributed to two tracks on Ab-Soul’s last album DWTW (“Evil Genius,” “D.R.U.G.S.”), as well as a track on Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade (“4 Da Squaw”). Francis is also responsible for Big Sean’s Eminem-assisted banger “No Favors.”

Frank Dukes (Producer) @FrankDukes

Credit: “Madiba Riddim” / “Fake Love”

Toronto native Frank Dukes has, over the past several years, become one of the most sought after producers in hip-hop.

After his first major placement on Lloyd Banks’ H.F.M. 2, Dukes quickly realized how much of a hassle sample clearances could be, so he began composing his own samples, which he has since compiled into the Kingsway Music Library, allowing his work to be sampled by a vast range of artists in and outside of hip-hop.

Dukes has worked with top-tier artists like Kanye West, Future, Travis Scott, Rihanna and more and is a frequent collaborator of fellow producers Boi-1da, Metro Boomin and Vinylz.

G. Ry (Producer) @GRyOMO

Credit: “Nothings Into Somethings”

After years of flirting with production as a hobby, being laid off by his 9-to-5 led the LA native to pursue production as a full-time gig. Friendships with Chase N. Cashe and Hit-Boy both inspired and aided G.Ry in his pursuit, and he has since become a go-to producer for OVO artist PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Giggs (Featured Guest) @OfficialGiggs

Credit: “No Long Talk” / “KMT”

London-bred emcee Giggs has been rapping successfully for over a decade and began to experience some stateside shine after 2008 when he won a BET Award for Best UK Hip-Hop Act. His fourth full-length album Landlord was released in August of last year, which debuted at No. 2 on UK’s album charts, his highest entry to date.

Hagler (Producer) @HaglerTyrant

Credit: “Teenage Fever”

Toronto native Hagler got his first big production break on Young Money’s 2014 compilation album Rise of an Empire and has since worked with Drake on multiple occasions. The young producer has since gone on to work with Vince Staples (“Blue Suede”), A$AP Ferg (“I Love You”) and Ethan Harrington.

iBeatz (Producer) @Prodbyibeatz

Credit: “Gyalchester”

I wasn’t able to dig up much on Hungarian producer iBeatz, other than that he’s produced for the likes of 2 Chainz, Ace Hood, PnB Rock and a few others. Quick, someone whip up a Wikipedia page for him.

Jazzfeezy (Producer) @Jazzfeezy

Credit: “Can’t Have Everything”

A protégé of OVO producers T-Minus and Boi-1da, Canadian producer Jazzfeezy has mostly worked with R&B artists in the past but does have some hip-hop credits with MGK (“Runnin”), T.I. (“You Can Tell How I Walk”) and Lil Durk (“No Love”). Jazzfeezy also has an album of his own, a compilation project titled Jazzfeezy Presents: Unveiling the Rapture, which was released in 2009 and features co-production from both Boi-1da and T-Minus.

Jorja Smith (Featured Guest) @JorjaSmith

Credits: “Jorja Interlude” / “Get It Together” ft. Black Coffee

Jorja is a singer from Walsall, England who has been steadily building a solo career through her soulful brand of R&B. Citing Amy Winehouse, Mos Def and Damian Marley as direct influences, Jorja’s music has been gaining popularity in the UK for the past several years, a trend that looks to jump over to the U.S. following her performances on More Life.

Kanye West (Featured Guest) @KanyeWest

Credit: “Glow”

I’m not even going to entertain the idea that you might not know Kanye West. Moving on...

M3rge (Producer) @M3RgE

Credit: “Since Way Back” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR

There’s not much background info to be found on LA producer M3rge, but based on his extensive production history with Chase N. Cashe, G. Ry and Hit-Boy, I have to imagine he’s at the very least a loose affiliate of production and songwriting collective The Surf Club.

Moodymann (Additional Vocals - Sampled) @KennyDixonJr

Credit:  “Passionfuit”

Moodymann is something of a Detroit techno legend and has been deejaying for over 25 years. He’s credited with being instrumental to the sound of Detroit techno and house music and is known for his commitment to “to keeping a distinctly black imprint on techno and house” according to online electronic music magazine Resident Advisor Ltd.

Murda Beatz (Producer) @Murdabeatz_

Credits: “No Long Talk” ft. Giggs / “Portland” ft. Travis Scott & Quavo

23-year-old Canadian producer Murda Beatz got his start as an in-house producer for Migos, working, touring and living with them for several years. Since his breakout placement on “Pipe It Up,” Murda has produced for artists such as Gucci Mane, French Montana, Freddie Gibbs and Travis Scott, and co-produced Views standout "With You." Last December, Murda released his first solo project Keep God First, which featured Quavo, Offset, 2 Chainz, Playboi Carti and more.

Nana Rogues (Producer) @NanaRogues

Credits: “Passionfruit” / “Skepta Interlude” ft. Skepta

London producer Nana Rogues has solidified himself as one of the top producers in the UK by working with prominent grime artists like Skepta and Section Boyz. Nana taught himself how to produce after teaching himself to play piano, learning his favorite songs and re-writing the chords to construct new compositions, a skill that informs his sound to this day.

Ness & Chef Pasquale (Producers) @NessHBTL / @CameronPasquale

Credit: “KMT” ft. Giggs

All I could dig up on these two is that they’re from New York. Ness solo-produced “99 Problems & Messages” for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie last year, while Chef/Cameron got his break through one of Drake’s writing contributors, rapper OB O’Brian, and has since produced for Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Tech N9ne.

Nineteen85 (Producer) @Nineteen85

Credits: “Get It Together” ft. Jorja Smith & Black Coffee / “Madiba Riddim”

Coming out of Ontario, Nineteen85 has been producing for nearly a decade, and is one-half of the OVO R&B duo dvsn alongside Daniel Daley (which we totally called, by the way). He’s best known for his productions for Drake, which include “Hotline Bling,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” “One Dance” and “Too Good," among others.

Noah Goldstein (Producer) @Noahgggg

Credit: “Glow” ft. Kanye West

Although he’s credited as a producer on “Glow,” Noah is probably best known for being Kanye’s go-to audio engineer, having also engineered extensively for Jay Z, Pusha T and Tyler, The Creator, among others. Noah has been working closely with Kanye since MBDTF and is often tasked with the gargantuan responsibility of making sure music from top-tier artists like Kanye and Jay doesn’t leak before its intended release date. Yikes.

Noah “40” Shebib (Producer) @OVO40

Credits: “Jorja Interlude” ft. Jorja Smith / “Get It Together” ft. Jorja Smith & Black Coffee / “Lose You” / “Glow” ft. Kanye West / “Since Way Back” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR / “Do Not Disturb”

If you’ve listened to Drake at all, ever, you’re surely familiar with Noah “40” Shebib, Drizzy’s go-to producer and one of the co-founders of OVO. Noah has been nothing short of instrumental in developing Drake’s sound.

Noel “Gadget” Campbell (Engineer) @Ovonoel

Credits: All songs (except “Fake Love”)

Just as 40 is Drake’s go-to producer, Noel has been Drake’s engineer of choice throughout his entire career, working closely with 40 to perfect Drake’s sound over the years. As an engineer, Noel has also worked with Rihanna, Beyoncé, A$AP Rocky and several others, and is known as one of the best in the business among audiophiles.

PARTYNEXTDOOR (Featured Guest, Producer) @Partynextdoor

Credit: “Since Way Back” 

PND was the first artist signed to Drake’s OVO imprint in 2013 and has since become the label’s second largest act (behind Drake, of course). As a songwriter, PND has penned hits for Rihanna (“Work”) as well as DJ Khaled (“Shining”), recently winning Songwriter of the Year honors at the 2017 MTV Woodies.

Quavo (Featured Guest) @QuavoStuntin

Credit: “Portland” ft. Travis Scott

As one-third of Migos, Quavo has undoubtedly been the busiest of the group's three members. You’d be hard-pressed to find a mainstream hip-hop artist that hasn’t collaborated (or at least tried to) with Quavo in the past few years, to the point where his increased activity over Offset and Takeoff has become the object of memes (and DJBooth articles).

S1 (Producer) @SymbolycOne

Credit: “Ice Melts” (uncredited)

A member of G.O.O.D. Music, S1 has worked extensively with Kanye West over the years and has also handled production for the likes of Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9” and countless others. Most recently, he acted as executive producer for Lecrae’s 2016 mixtape Church Clothes 3, producing or co-producing seven of the project’s 10 tracks.

Sampha (Featured Guest) @Sampha

Credit: “4422”

British singer, songwriter and producer Sampha has been a Booth favorite for some time now, having recently released his solo debut Process to critical acclaim. As a featured artist, Sampha has recently worked with Kanye West (“Saint Pablo”), Frank Ocean (“Alabama”) and Solange (“Don’t Touch My Hair”).

Skepta (Featured Guest) @Skepta

Credit: “Skepta Interlude”

Arguably one of the most popular grime artists in the genre’s history, Skepta has been an increased presence in Drake’s career after the two became friends years ago. They have worked together multiple times, and there were even rumors of Drake signing to Skepta’s BBK imprint last year, which turned out to be false.

Steve Samson (Producer) @Steve__Samson

Credit: “Can’t Have Everything”

The Canadian producer and guitarist has worked with T.I., Young Thug, Rick Ross and August Alsina, among others.

Stwo (Producer) @Stwosound

Credit: “Get It Together” ft. Jorja Smith & Black Coffee

Signed to Noah “40” Shebib’s Allice Island publishing company, French producer/DJ Stwo made his production debut on a Drake project with Views ("Weston Road Flows"). In addition to his first-class remix of 21 Savage and Future's "X" last year, Stwo also has two solo albums, Beyond and D.T.S.N.T.

Supah Mario (Producer) @Supahmariobeats

Credit: “Ice Melts” ft. Young Thug

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Supah Mario began producing and writing songs at the age of 12. These days, you can find him handling production for artists like Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign and Lil Uzi Vert.

T-Minus (Producer) @TMinus_Music

Credits: “Blem” / “Sacrifices” ft. Young Thug & 2 Chainz

As one of OVO’s signed producers, Ontario-born producer T-Minus has produced hits for DJ Khaled ("I'm On One"), Kendrick Lamar (“Swimming Pools”), Lil Wayne (“Rich As Fuck”) and Justin Bieber (“Heartbreaker”). Though he produced five tracks on Take Care, T-Minus' output in recent years took a dip, immortalized with Drake's "Weston Road Flows" bar ("Last time I heard from Monique, T-Minus was makin' beats").

Top FLR (Producer)

Credit: “Since Way Back” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR

Top FLR is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto. His placement on More Life marks his production debut as far as I can tell.

Travis Scott (Featured Guest) @trvisXX

Credit: “Portland” ft. Quavo

I’m fairly certain you know who Travis Scott is, but just in case: also known as La Flame, Scott is signed to Epic Records after initially signing a label deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint. His 2016 album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight is still all over the airwaves with singles “Pick Up The Phone,” "Goosebumps” and "Wonderful."

Vinylz (Producer) @Vinylz

Credit: “Fake Love”

Longtime Boi-1da collaborator Vinylz is a producer from NYC who is currently signed to Sony ATV and also works frequently with Allen Ritter and Frank Dukes. After getting his start producing for Cassidy in the late 2000s, Vinylz has gone on to work with damn near everyone in hip-hop’s mainstream circle, including Big Sean, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and more. Vinylz also contributed to Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late ("Know Yourself," "Star67"), along with "Right Hand" and "4PM In Calabasas."

Wallis Lane (Producer) @WallisLane

Credit: “Nothings Into Somethings”

Wallis Lane is a Los Angeles production duo—made up of Nizzy J and Farsi Beats—that has worked with Nicki Minaj and Tory Lanez in the past. The pair has a pair of records on Trey Songz' forthcoming album, as well material on Logic's next full-length LP.

Young Thug (Featured Guest) @Youngthug

Credit: “Sacrifices” ft. 2 Chainz / “Ice Melts”

C’mon, you don’t know Jeffery? One of the most divisive and eccentric hip-hop artists out right now, Young Thug is the face of 300 Entertainment and has been cranking out a dizzying amount of music since 2014. He also may or may not be the Prince of hip-hop.

Zoe Kravitz (Additional Vocals) @ZoeyKravitz

Credit: “Passionfruit”

The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Zoe has been releasing music since 2011 both on her own and as the lead singer of Lolawolf and is also an accomplished actor.

2 Chainz (Featured Guest) @2Chainz

Credit: “Sacrifices” ft. Young Thug

If you have ears and live in the civilized world, you are familiar with 2 Chainz, but for those intergalactic aliens reading this who have never heard of the artist formally known as Tity Boi, here's a recap.

Hailing from College Park, Georgia, the artist formerly known as Tity Boi reached mild success recording with Dolla Boy as Playaz Circle, a duo responsible for the Lil Wayne-assisted 2007 smash “Duffle Bag Boy.” After leaving his deal with Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace, Tity became 2 Chainz, and the rest is history. 

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