Akon in a recent Interview with Montreality opened up on how he passed on signing Young Money label artiste, Drake.
Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been very busy promoting his Akon lighting Africa initiative. Akon who plans to bring electricity to millions of Africans through solar energy. To achieve this goal, he installed solar street lamps and panels in 14 African countries. During a recent trip to Montreal, Akon took the time to speak to Montreality on many topics about his life, and about his first impression on Canadian rapper Drake.
When he was asked to give his assessment on Drake, Akon said Drake is an all round artiste now whose musical lyrics are real. He said they were like poems.
He’s a poet to me. The way he delivers certain lyrics. He mixes reality and real rapping in one. And then he adds melody to where people who [are] not really familiar with that culture can sing along to it. He’s a 360 artist.
Akon recalls the day when Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall brought him recordings of Drake. Akon was not impressed with what he heard and preferred not to sign Drake on his label, Konvict Muzik.
I honestly did pass on him because at the time, he didn’t sound like what he sounds like today,” Akon said. “The ‘Best I Ever Had,’ it wasn’t even close to what that sounded like. I think he was at a position where he was finding himself.
When quizzed if he had any regret about his decision, Akon said he had non whatsoever.
Ultimately, as time goes, people develop, they get better,” he said. “They become the best because of things like that [not getting signed]. Sometimes that motivates you to want to be better and take yourself to the next level.
Drake has come a long way. Today, he is part of Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. He has sold an estimated 10 million albums worldwide, he won a Grammy Award in 2013.