Whether Akon would have signed him or not, there is no denying Drake would still be sitting as King of the Billboard charts. Especially after his break out single “Best I Ever Had”. But, not signing Drake because he apparently sounded too much like Eminem was indeed a mistake for Akon as he explains on VLAD TV.
Toronto rapper, Kardinal Offishall, once gave Akon Drake’s demo tape in the early 2000s. “Kardinal Offishall brought him to me around 2005, I think it was,” Akon recalls. “It was right before the “Best I Ever Had” blew up.”
Released in 2009, Drake’s breakout single “Best I Ever Had” was his first top 10 hit on the Billboard charts, peaking at number two. Since then the single has gone 4x platinum and for Drake the rest is history.
No one can ever say Drake would achieve such success, except Kardinal Offishall. “That’s when Kardi was like ‘Na, I told you this ni–a was going to be the sh-t,” Akon explained.
After “Best I Ever Had” took off, Akon changed his mind and wanted to sign Drizzy. Initially Akon felt those early demo tapes sounded too much like Eminem. “At the time, believe it or not, Drake sounded more like Eminem,” Akon tells DJ Vlad, “That’s every artists’ development. You can see the difference between that demo and ‘Best I Ever Had’. It was completely different.”
But at that point it was too late. Labels were at a bidding war for Drake and the starting price was at 1 million dollars. Unfortunately for Akon and his Konvict Muzik label, he could not out bid those bidding to sign Drake.
Watch below as Akon talks about not signing Drake at the 2:10 mark. Let us know in the comment section if Drake’s career would have been different if he had signed with Akon.