Atlanta rapper T.I. revealed this week that he could have signed Drake to Grand Hustle Records back in the day, but didn’t because he was in a “deep sleep of [his] success.”
During a recent interview with the Breakfast Club, T.I. sat down to discuss the opening of the Trap Music Museum in Atlanta, his upcoming album, and failing to sign Drake when he had the chance.
“It was Drake before the beard. It just hadn’t caught all the way up yet. That type of music, that sound of music, the emo sound wasn’t necessarily prevalent at the time. I didn’t see the curve just like I never thought skinny jeans was going to happen.”
Watch the full interview below.
So, does it surprise you that so many labels passed on Drake? Are you a fan of T.I.’s music? Let us know in the comments below.
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The 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Acts Of All Time
10. Beastie Boys
Formed in New York City in 1981, the Beastie Boys are an interesting case study in the world of hip-hop. We chose them to kick off our list because, despite some attempts, their musical style and the subsequent success it brought them has been nearly impossible to replicate in the world of contemporary music. Originally a hardcore punk band, the Beastie Boys eventually abandoned the traditional instrumental elements of music and drifted into the world of rap-rock and hip-hop, where they scored a major success with their first album, Licensed to Ill (1986). That was all she wrote, as the band went on to have further success in the genre with albums like Paul’s Boutique (1989) and Hello Nasty (1998). Widely cited as an influence in both hip-hop and in the rock-rap genre, the Beastie Boys are undoubtedly one of hip hop’s most important artists and a good band to kick off the discussion of hip hop’s greatest artists.