Producer: Noah "40" Shebib
Album: So Far Gone
With his best friend Trey Songz and his rap idol Lil' Wayne, “Successful” was Drake's way of talking about his quest for self-determination. Noah "40" Shebib added an eerie, dark harmony that fused Drake's style of rap meets R&B.
It wasn't meant for the clubs; “Successful” grew as a mainstream hit simply for its come-up story. Who doesn't love the idea of going from nothing to something. Trey told us what his ambitions were, Drizzy gave us his personal struggles (“even when the Phantom's leased, them hoes wanna get in”) and Tunechi did his thing with that half-sleepy flow.