Akon shared that he passed the chance to sign Drake in the mid-2000s, because he “sounded like Eminem“.
In a recent interview with VladTV, Akon said about how he was sent a Drake demo ahead of the release of his breakout single, ‘Best I Ever Had’.
“[Canadian rapper] Kardinal Offishall brought him to me back in like 2005 I think it was,” Akon explained. “Or was it ’04? It was right before ‘Best I Ever Had’ blew up because it was like more mixtape-ish.
“And at this time, believe it or not, Drake sounded like Eminem. With that demo that I heard? He was sounding more like Em. But I think that was around the time when… That’s every artist developing. You can see the difference between that demo and ‘Best I Ever Had.’ It was completely different.”
Akon said: “That’s when Kardi was like, ‘Nigga, I told you this nigga was [gonna] be the shit.’ I said, ‘Well shit, reach out!’ He said you can but the slowest bid right now is a million.’ I said, ‘Shit, I ain’t got a million dollars.’”
Drake shared single ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ with Lil Durk, where he shows on his forthcoming album ‘Certified Lover Boy’.
It was shared that the big rapper failed to trademark ‘Certified Lover Boy’ ahead of the album’s release. A recent report says that Drake’s lawyer attempted to secure the copyright for the title as far back as February, attempting to take control of the phrase for music recordings, TV, movie and live events and clothing.