Akon explains that he passed on signing Drake because Drizzy sound an excessive amount of like Eminem.
Although Akon made major moves signing T-Pain and woman Gaga back within the 2000s, it seems he did take one wicked L, snubbing the then-unknown Drake back in 2004. The unsigned rapper was introduced to Akon by fellow Canadian artist and producer Kardinal Offishall, who tried to urge the rap veteran to sign him, already foreseeing his colossal success.
“Kardinal Offishall brought [Drake] to me in 2005, i feel it had been or was it ‘04,” said Akon during a snippet of his recent interview on VladTV. “It was right before “Best I Ever Had” blew up because, at the time, it had been more mixtape-ish, you know. and therefore the time, believe it or not, Drake sounded more like Eminem. thereupon demo that I heard, he sounded more like Em. That’s every artists’ developing. you’ll see the difference between that demo and ‘Best I Ever Had, it had been completely different”, Akon said.
As his style developed, Drake became involved during a “huge bidding war,” Akon said, where “everybody was after him,” trying to barter a affect the nascent star. “That’s when Kardi was like ‘n***a, I told you this n***a was getting to be the s***,’” he continued. “I said, ‘well, reach out.’ He said, ‘you can but rock bottom bid immediately may be a million. I said s***, I ain’t got 1,000,000 dollars.”
Akon wasn’t the sole one who lucked out at the time, because the two cited SCR and Motown Records who also ultimately missed that lucrative shot. Despite the fumble, however, Akon did continue to place some respect on Drake’s name, lauding his incredible success and work ethic. “Out of all the artists today, to me, [Drake] is worth every single f*****g penny,” Akon said. “Every single penny. That motherfucker’s a genius, bro. It’s revolutionary what he’s done. He’s not sticking thereto one pocket and that’s the sole thanks to roll in the hay . He get it. He’s a music guy. i feel that’s tons of what we’ve in common and why he’s such a tremendous businessman too