Jas Prince Talks Connecting Drake To Lil Wayne & Failed Deal With Cash Money
(AllHipHop News) With all the internal drama happening at Cash Money Records, the label is also dealing with outside legal issues from Jas Prince. The son of Rap-A-Lot records founder J. Prince wants money from Cash Money for his part in introducing Drake to YMCMB's Lil Wayne.
The younger Prince is seeking $4 million from Cash Money for what he says was an agreement made which promised he would receive advance and royalty payments for Drake's music released through the imprint. That situation is still being resolved in the courts.
In the meantime, Jas spoke with Fader about his role in connecting Drake with his eventual label home. The 27-year-old Houston native revealed initially Wayne was not interested in the Toronto rhymer's music.
At the time I was really cool with Lil Wayne, and I brought Drake to his attention, too. I was like, “Yo, I have an artist I'm working with and I believe he's dope.” His response was just: "Jas, don't ever play this for me again. He sucks!" But I'm persistent. Wayne didn't stop me—I kept pursuing it, pursuing it, pursuing it.
According to Prince, after playing several more of Drake's songs - including "Replacement Girl," "Brand New," and remix of "A Milli" - Wayne changed his mind. They flew Drake to Houston the next day, and the rest is history.
Prince also mentioned the business fallout with Cash Money and Wayne's manager. He claimed Drake was not aware his new team was attempting to freeze Prince out of the deal.
Cortez Bryant is Wayne's manager. When we figured out that we wanted to work on the project, Cortez flew down to Houston and sat with me and my dad and we talked about how we were going to do it—50/50, with him and Wayne and me and my dad, Young Money and Young Empire. But then things got quiet. We got a little call that they're moving on, things are happening [but] we ain't really got not deal together. My dad extended a hand and put a call out to Birdman and Slim, because those are his people over there. We went to meet in LA with Cash Money and Cortez and we all structured the deal that we had. They was trying to do it without me. It seemed like Drake didn't know too much about what was going on, the business part was kind of between us.