In an interview from last month that flew under the radar, the Dipset member spoke about the period when he had the chance to sign Drizzy but ultimately passed.
“Drake definitely ran across my desk,” Jim admitted. “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 fuck is Drake on Degrassi?’ He let me hear him rapping like this boy could rap his ass off.”
Jones continued, “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 like uh, what is it, Disney Channel?’ I’m like, ‘Boy, I don’t know how to make this work out.’” (Degrassi, for the record, did not air on Disney Channel.)
“Once again, I just wasn’t seeing past what I seen in front of me and shit like that,” Jim continued. “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***a is dead nasty, fuck what he look like.’”
It isn’t the first time Jim Jones has discussed failing to sign Drake.
Back in December 2020, the Harlem legend touched on the subject when discussing that he passed on J. Cole as well. “A little light-skinned kid coming to the studio every day rapping like Drake, and at that point it was Drake [and] n***as didn’t know what to do with no Drake. Drake was just a phenomenon at that point. Shit, you can’t have two of them right now. As you see, it took him a few years after that to kind of find his place and what he wanted to do. He ain’t rapping like Drake no more, but when he was in my studio, he was.”
Watch Jim Jones’ previous comments about failing to sign Drake below.