No I.D. has revealed that he didn’t want Pusha T to borrow the “Story of O.J.” beat that he produced for JAY-Z on his Drake diss song “The Story of Adidon” — but evidently, he did so anyway.
During an interview with Stereogum, the Grammy-winning producer broke down the making of some of the biggest songs of his career, including collaborations with Kanye West, Common, Big Sean and more.
While discussing his work on Hov’s 2017 album 4:44, which he solely produced, the Chicago native said that he explicitly told King Push not to use his instrumental to go after Drizzy as he didn’t want to be involved in their feud.
“To be honest, I told [Pusha T], ‘Don’t do it,’ and he did it anyway,” No I.D. recalled. “I told his manager, Steven Victor, he called me about it. And I was like, ‘No, that’s not even the spirit of the song, bro. Why would you pick that one?’”
He continued: “That wasn’t lack of love for him and what he was doing and his art. It was just, again, there’s times I don’t wanna be involved in certain things, because it’s not me.”
No I.D.’s admission comes after Pusha T said a December 2022 interview with XXL that he believes “The Story of Adidon” still burns Drake this day.
“Every time I hear a subliminal in one of his songs, it just lets me know how deep it hurt him,” he said. “Because it’s been four years now. And we still talking about it. He is. I don’t. I’m cool. But every time it’s a subliminal, I’m like, yes. It burns. It still burns. It lets me know. I love it.”
When asked if he thinks Drake will ever directly diss him, Push replied: “We should see. I don’t know what he’ll do. At this point, that’s contradictory. Would he jump out the window? And he wanna say I took it too far? Then he gon’ tell people. Tell the label. Tell J. Prince. My God. It’s a lot.”
He added: “With all of that being said, it’s like I’m not interested anymore. I’m just really not.”
Released in May 2018 in response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle,” “The Story of Adidon” found Pusha T tearing into the Toronto superstar, most notably accusing him of “hiding” his son Adonis, whose existence had yet to be made public.
During an appearance on The Joe Budden Podcast months after the song’s release, Push revealed that the information came from Drake’s close friend and longtime producer, Noah “40” Shebib — not Kanye West, as some suspected.
“40 is sleeping with a woman who begins … he talks to her daily … talks to a woman five, six hours a day, provides opportunity for her and ultimately speaks about how he’s disgruntled about certain things like notoriety and things involving Drake and his career,” he explained.
“With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip everybody took to also see the child and bring him gifts and all of this information. She divulged this information. That’s where it came from.”