Akon Passed on Signing Drake, Says He ‘Sounded Like Eminem’

Written by on August 26, 2020

Akon helped uncover stars together with Girl Gaga and T-Ache, however there’s one celebrity he missed out on signing–Drake.

In a brand new interview with VladTV, Akon revealed that he had the prospect to signal October’s Very Personal round 2004-2005, however handed as a result of he reminded him of one other rapper.

Akon says he first grew to become acquainted with Drizzy by way of one other well-known Canadian, Kardinal Offishall. However after listening to his demo, he couldn’t assist however consider Slim Shady.

“Kardinal Offishall introduced him to me in 2005, I feel it was, or was it ’04?” mentioned Akon. “It was proper earlier than ‘Greatest I Ever Had’ blew up, as a result of on the time, it was extra mixtape-ish. On the time, imagine it or not, Drake sounded extra like Eminem. With that demo that I heard, he sounded extra like Em.”

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The demo was a stark distinction from Drake’s breakthrough hit, “Greatest I Ever Had.” “You’ll be able to see the distinction between that demo and ‘Greatest I Ever Had.’ It was utterly totally different.”

In keeping with Akon, there was a “enormous bidding battle” and Kardinal inspired Akon to signal Drake, however Akon wasn’t in a position to match the bottom bid. “That’s when Kardi was like, ‘Ni**a, I advised you this ni**a was gonna be the shit,’” recalled Akon. “I mentioned, ‘Nicely, shit, attain out.’ He mentioned, ‘You’ll be able to, however the lowest bid proper now’s one million.’ I mentioned, ‘Shit, I ain’t received one million {dollars}.’”

Akon says that music government Sylvia Rhone had the “largest probability to signal” Drake, however she was targeted on Trey Songz. “On the time she had Trey Songz and she or he felt like Trey was simply gon’ be the most important factor ever.”

Regardless of the missed alternative, Akon has nothing however love for the 6 God. “Out of all of the artists right this moment, Drake to me, he’s value each single fu**in’ penny, each single penny–that motherfu**er’s genius. He’s revolutionary.”

Drake finally signed with Younger Cash/Money Cash and the remaining is historical past.

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