In a rare interview with Rolling Stone, 40 discussed the way that the autoimmune disease, which targets the central nervous system and interrupts the connection between the brain and the rest of the body, has left "about a third" of his brain "dead" after nonstop touring with Drake.
40's condition was most notoriously placed in the limelight when Pusha T dropped "The Story of Adidon" circa 2018, in the midst of his beef with Drake.
While the revelation that Drizzy had a hidden son was the main talking point, many rap fans felt that Push went too far with these lines: "OVO 40, hunched over like he 80 – tick, tick, tick / How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick."
At the time, 40 indirectly responded by tweeting a link about World MS Day, helping to raise awareness about the issue that affects nearly 1 million people in the U.S.
Behind the scenes, however, the bars made 40 feel "like sh*t, for sure," as he tells it. "Ultimately, I like turning things into positive situations or brighter sides," he continued. "And if that brings awareness to my disease on a bigger level, I was happy about that. That’s what I used it for. That ultimately is a good thing for me."
On whether the lyric crossed the line, though, 40 is blunt. "Of course," he said. "That was something different than a bar in a song. That’s cool, I barely know that guy.”
Another highlight came when 40 discredited the thought that The Weeknd played an essential part in shaping Drake's sophomore album, Take Care, claiming "there are 18 other songs on there where that guy was nowhere to be found." Okay, okay.
“There’s, like, 22 songs on Take Care. He contributed on four of them. There are 18 other songs on there where that guy was nowhere to be found, right?" he suggested. "So it’s like, ‘Yeah, cool and you contribute to a few records on Take Care. Significant records, sure, but it was a few. It wasn’t a lot.’ It’s a common misconception. I made that whole album. I saw Abel maybe two days. I was in there for like a year.”
Finally, 40 also ranked all of Drake's solo albums, giving his breakout mixtape So Far Gone the top spot, followed by Take Care, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Scorpion, Nothing Was The Same, Views and Thank Me Later.
The list excludes 2017's More Life, which was promoted as a "playlist."
You can read the entire piece by the fantastic Charles Holmes right here.