Drake is a veteran musician and that is exactly why younger rappers such as Kodak Black want him as a mentor. He also has a lot of interests outside of making music and that includes expanding his businesses. It seems his Degrassi role prevented him from getting signed by Jim Jones.
“Degrassi: The Next Generation” aired on CTV two decades ago and launched Drake’s career. However, Drake almost quit the show after learning what happens to his character. Despite this, his role certainly helped out a lot of people as well.
While speaking during a recent interview, Jim Jones revealed that he passed on signing Drake to a deal. This is because Jones simply had no clue who Drake was and didn’t know what to do with Drake due to his look and history being an actor.
“Drake definitely ran across my desk. I got a call from Alan Grunblatt, I think I was on tour, and Alan was like, ‘I got this guy named Drake uh he’s an actor he’s on Degrassi.’ I’m like, ‘Who the f*** is Drake on Degrassi?’ He let me hear him rapping like this boy could rap his ass off.
Then I looked at him I’m like, ‘Boy what do you mean? What am I going to do with boy? He’s an actor, he’s in a wheelchair on the Disney Channel.’ I’m like, ‘Boy, I don’t know how to make this work out.’
Once again, I just wasn’t seeing past what I seen in front of me and shit like that. Weezy was smart enough to do so, and I remember being on another tour in the back of the bus and hearing Weezy and Drake rapping and Drake saying something about Princess Diana and it’s going crazy. I’m like ‘Wow, life is crazy. This n-gga is dead nasty, f**** what he look like.’
Jim Jones certainly regrets not signing Drake back in the day as Drake has now established himself as one of the all-time greats in the Hip-Hop world.
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