Before Drake was hip-hop’s golden child, he blended in with every other up and coming unsigned artist. As his music floated around, Akon was one of the heavy hitters who heard what he had to offer. After Kardinal Offishall brought his tracks to the Konvict Music label head, he decided to not give him a chance.
“I honestly did pass on him because at the time, he didn’t sound like what he sounded like today,” Akon said during a sit down with Montreality. “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.”
Though he passed on signing who would be one of music’s top artists, Akon said he has no regrets.
“I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made because you can never foretell the future on who’s going to be what.”
Watch the full interview below.