Akon Explains Why He Turned Down The Chance To Sign Drake
By Hayden Brooks
August 26, 2020
In his new interview with VladTV, Akon revealed that he thought Drizzy "sounded like Eminem" in a demo during the very early stages of his career. "[Canadian rapper] Kardinal Offishall brought him to me back in like 2005, I think it was," the music mogul, who previously signed Lady Gaga, admitted. "Or was it '04? It was right before 'Best I Ever Had' blew up because it was like more mixtape-ish."
"And at the time, believe it or not, Drake sounded more 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," he continued. "You can see the difference between that demo and 'Best I Ever Had.' It was completely different."
Offishall tried to convince Akon that Drake was worth signing — even for a million dollars — but he just couldn't fork over the cash for the soon-to-be Canadian superstar. "That's when Kardi was like, ‘N***a, I told you this n***a was [gonna] be the sh*t.' I said, ‘Well sh*t, reach out!’ He said you can but the lowest bid right now is a million.’ I said, ‘Sh*t, I ain’t got a million dollars.'"
As you know, Drake shook off his Degrassi: The Next Generation past with his breakthrough single, "Best I Ever Had," which dropped in 2009. As of 2020, the superstar has an estimated net worth of $150,000 million.
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